Atlanta giants 21 Savage and Metro Boomin trap hard on ‘Savage Mode’ (Review)

Savage Mode is 21 Savage and today’s go-to producer Metro Boomin’s collaborative EP.

Metro took a break from producing for the likes of Future, Travis Scott, Drake and other stars to focus on a relatively newfound chemistry between him and the gunshot miming upstart.

A few years ago, Mike Will Made-It had every production credit in mainstream rap, not to mention some pseudo crossover efforts; then came the oft-imitated DJ Mustard.

As a sonic landscape, specifically for producers, rap is especially concerned with the heir apparent. Now, it’s Metro Boomin’s turn as king.

When someone occupies the proverbial throne, it’s tough to truly relish the moment when their trademark ID triggered in the first few moments of a song fails to inspire the audience.

The listener, however, has since subscribed to the notion that an impending talent has already climbed up the ranks — just one major placement away from conquering.

Recently, however, Flying Lotus took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the influence of the producer in today’s era (via The Fader):

“If you ask me. It’s Metro Boomin featuring Future. He makes that s*** what it is tbh.”

FlyLo went on to say “producers build the landscapes” and what Metro produces gets played regardless of who he produces. But he and 21 Savage make one hell of a duo.

Though not known for any song in particular, 21 Savage is entirely unmistakable. With a dagger face tattoo makes you double take from a distance, the cross inked on his forehead makes the Atlanta trap rapper recognizable.

Savage revealed the tattoo as a tribute to a slain comrade in a recent interview with Vlad TV.


If his project was not self-released — 21 Savage is essentially signed to himself via his Slaughter Gang label — this project functions as a major label debut. Coming off the mad high of his XXL Freshman 2016 cover, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin send off a salvo of hits like made men.

Gucci flip flops are to Future what Rolex watches are to 21 Savage.

Devoid of the customary four-bar intro, “No Advance” kicks off Savage Mode in much the same way that “Thought It Was a Drought” did Future’s DS2. 

Gucci flip flops are to Future what Rolex watches are to 21 Savage. Savage takes this opportunity to make known, despite his recent success, he’s still unsigned. He says he is a beneficiary of the interconnected Atlanta music scene as opposed to the conventional label cosign of yesteryear.

Metro brings dimension to the track by, on occasion, pulling his 808s and hi-hats from the loop.

Meanwhile, the appearance from Future on lead single “X” offers obvious cachet at the cost of an all too familiar narrative with his estranged wife Ciara. Savage Mode could have done without dabbling in the politics of Future’s personal life.

While 21 is in full-fledged savage mode on the title track, he is most animated on “Mad High” where his raps are advanced by a palpable temper. Metro’s ominous keys make “Mad High” the highlight of the EP.

Atlanta giants 21 Savage and Metro Boomin trap hard on Savage Mode.  Savage lives up to his billing and Metro’s reign continues indefinitely.

There’s more coming soon from the Atlanta rapper, including t-shirts and an upcoming tour.