Heroes and Villains, Metro Boomin

Heroes and Villains, Metro Boomin

Ben Campbell

The most innovative, diverse, and possibly best musical release of 2022 was released on December 2nd. Produced by Metro Boomin, known for producing albums for Kanye West, Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, Drake, and many other artists, Heroes and Villains features music from 13 great artists. The album includes The Weeknd, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Future, Chris Brown, John Legend, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug, Gunna, Takeoff, Don Toliver, Mustafa, and Young Nudy. This album is unique because of the versatility in the music due to variation of artists. The songs transition together in a way that it’s hard to tell when one ends, and the next begins. Metro even produced a short film, with characters and theme similar to The Batman, featuring Morgan Freeman, and a supervillain setting a city on fire, leaving “Young Metro” to be a hero.

Heroes and Villains has 15 tracks.

  • On Time -John Legend
  • Superheroes -Chris Brown and Future
  • Too Many Nights -Don Toliver and Future
  • Raindrops -Travis Scott
  • Umbrella -21 Savage and Young Nudy
  • Trance -Young Thug and Travis Scott
  • Around Me -Don Toliver
  • Metro Spider -Young Thug
  • I Can’t Save You (Interlude) -Don Toliver and Future
  • Creepin’ -21 Savage and The Weeknd
  • Niagara Falls (Foot or 2) -Travis Scott and 21 Savage
  • Walk Em Down (Don’t Kill Civilians) -21 Savage and Mustafa
  • Lock On Me -Future and Travis Scott
  • Feel The Fiyaaaah -A$AP Rocky and Takeoff
  • All The Money (Bonus) -Gunna

The first track, “On Time”, features an excerpt from The Boys, a popular superhero/supervillain series on Amazon Prime. The excerpt is that of a speech from the show’s main villain, Homelander, who is a supposed hero. I think that this fits perfectly into the seamless transition into track two, as well as the theme of Metro being unsure as a hero in the short film. Morgan Freeman is also featured in voice clips in two songs, “On Time” and “Niagara Falls” to add a dramatic effect. In track two, “Superheroes,” Future quotes Harvey Dent from The Dark Knight, “You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

I think that Heroes and Villains is one of the greatest musical albums of all time due to Metro’s creativity in production, the music from all 13 artists, the superhero theme, and the featuring of Morgan Freeman and Homelander. In my opinion, the best tracks on this album are On Time, Superheroes, Umbrella, and Creepin’, and I rate this album 5 out of 5 shields.