At only 24 years of age, producer Metro Boomin (real name Leland Wayne) has a resume most musicians could only dream of. From countless platinum and gold RIAA certifications to perennially finding his productions on the top of the Billboard charts, Metro has quietly established himself as the king of modern hip-hop producing. In high school, Metro traveled from his hometown of St. Louis to Atlanta nearly every weekend to collaborate with rappers he’d meet online. Connecting with artists from Gucci Mane’s label 1017 Bricksquad led him to his musical kindred spirit, Future. Since then, Metro’s beats have become inescapable to the public ear, producing chart-topping hits like Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” Post Malone’s “Congratulations,” and Big Sean’s “Bounce Back.” Metro’s own Future-spoken watermark, “If young Metro don’t trust you I’m gon’ shoot you,” is how many of his tracks begin, reminding the listener that he is well-connected and revered within the world of hip-hop. Seeing how the call tag has leaked its way into the millennial lexicon, Metro Boomin has found himself taking on the task of redefining what the role of a hip-hop producer can be, and continuously raising the bar.
10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 24, at 1015 Folsom. $25; 1015.com
Hailing from the streets of Sacramento, Mozzy has struck a chord with the Bay Area — and with the West Coast rap scene altogether — as the self-reflective and sobering stories he tells from his past provide a much-needed antidote to much of the fluff that occupies hip-hop in 2017. Whereas many rappers today find themselves in a conflict between staying true to their art and being accessible to the mainstream, Mozzy explicitly stays true to himself and his artistry, with unrelenting lyrics that take the glamorization out of living a street-gang lifestyle. Mozzy’s long-anticipated solo album, 1 Up Top Ahk, released this past August, shared further intimate experiences from his troubled past, with help from fellow hip-hop aficionados Jay Rock and Dave East. Although the album features smooth hooks and top-notch production, Mozzy’s words remain first and foremost the main attraction, as he forces listeners to hear perspectives from voices that have been historically silenced. On standout track “Sleep Walkin,” Mozzy approaches the legal issues from his complicated past not with braggadocio or even pity, but as a man who is ready to confront his demons, stating, “All them trials and tribulations, bail enhancements and arraignments. Affidavits and them statements, waiting game, so I waited.” If one were to refer to Mozzy as “real rap,” it would be an insult to him, as that label insinuates there was ever a moment when he was fake.
8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Regency Ballroom. $20; theregencyballroom.com
If the hip-hop collective Odd Future have made themselves into legends among their peers — at least in part — because of their outlandish and juvenile antics on- and off-stage, it’s easy to understand why Syd Bennett departed the group last year to carve out her own career. Even when the DJ was going by “Syd Tha Kid” during her time with Odd Future, she always maintained the reputation as the group’s most mature and focused member. Syd’s output with her neo-soul group The Internet better captures the introspection and tranquil melancholy that characterizes her music. The Internet stays true to its namesake, as its songs evoke the feeling you get during an insomnia-ridden late night, mind-numbingly scrolling through the web, with your eyes too heavy to keep fully open but the thoughts in your head keep you from sleeping. Fin, Syd’s first true solo album, continues down a similar path as The Internet — but this time, Syd has audibly gained a new sense of confidence and self-assurance, with heavy influence from ’90s R&B stars like Aaliyah and Brandy. Fin’s leadoff track, “Shake Em Off,” finds Syd humbly persevering in the shadow of negativity, reminding the listener, “Don’t worry ‘bout how I’m living / It’s none of your business.” Although Syd shows no interest in becoming the next arena-size pop star, her subdued yet optimistic personality resonates with the introverted soul.
8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Regency Ballroom. $25; theregencyballroom.com