They say if Young Metro don’t trust you, he’s gon’ shoot you. But this begs the question: what happens when he does?
Grammy-nominated producer Metro Boomin, said in a tweet last Thursday he intends to start a scholarship that will put a high school senior from St. Louis through Morehouse College, a historically black college in Atlanta, every year.
Metro originally intended to go to Morehouse to get his college degree, but dropped out to become a full-time producer where he created the beats for songs like “Jumpman” and “Commas.”
In an interview with Complex, he talked about how important education is, saying he even wants to go back and get his degree.
“I feel like that’s important because, even though I dropped out of college and was pretty vocal about it, I don’t want people to think I’m on some anti-college shit,” Metro said. “I still want to go back and get my degree, and back then I took it for granted, but I know there are so many kids that would kill for that opportunity.”
The funding for this scholarship will come from a one night show at The Playstation Theater in New York City called the “Young Metro Don’t Trust Trump” concert on Nov. 4, a couple days before the presidential election. The show’s name is based on the producer’s famous tag line. However, the show is not meant to incite violence against the Republican nominee, but rather to come together in opposition, Metro told Complex.
“With the election coming, I think it’s time to speak out, and not like speak out by getting extra political with this shit, but let people know,” Metro said. “So letting y’all know I don’t trust him, you don’t trust him and go ahead and celebrate that.”
The producer said the most important takeaway he wants the attending audience to get, besides having a good time, is young people need to use their voice and talk about the how important this election is.
“It’s about setting trends, and I’m always about setting trends and I know I can be an influence and I’m just now realizing that,” he said. “Let n*ggas know it’s cool, you can still be cool and you don’t have to be scared to speak up about political issues. The kids don’t really know that.”
The profound social unrest that is happening has caused many celebrities to use their social platform to speak out on the issues affecting Black America. While some have openly protested patriotic conventions, like Colin Kaepernick, others, such as Metro Boomin, have looked toward education as their way of giving back.
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Gabe Fernandez is a senior journalism major and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.