Visiting Toronto: An IXclusive Interview with Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin
Chilling out in the basement suite of The Opera House at the Battle of The Beatmakers in early November is hip hop producer Sonny Digital, 23 years old. Sonny Digital started producing when he was 13 years old and worked his ass off to get where he is today. His biggest success is his track, “The Birthday Song” that feat. Kanye West. Despite his success, Sonny Digital is a humble and funny dude. He is deadly serious about his trade yet is very down-to-earth.
Metro-Boomin also attended the event, sitting on stage shining his row of golden teeth with countless smiles and laughs for the crowd. 21 years old, Metro is hot in the scene, producing tracks for Gucci Mane, Ludacris, Wiz Khalifa, Chief Keef, Young Jeezy, Ace Hood, and Young Scooter. Metro Boomin just recently produced “Neighbourhood Drug Dealer” for Rick Ross, released on November 17th 2014. Metro is the classic little brother, very sweet and outgoing, and a great match to the more serious Sonny Digital.
Both producers were hilarious to interview and gave me an inside glance into the world of hip hop production in North America.
What do you think of the hip hop scene in Toronto? How does it feel to be here?
Metro: I love hip hop in Toronto. I love the beats in T.O. That’s why I came here to do that. Because of the success of Wondagurl, Boi 1nda and T-Minus. I’m enjoying the completion too. Its nice to see the people that focus on what I love. Good that this opportunity exists.
Sonny: Coming to Canada is good. Pretty cool besides that my phone is acting up” (laughter). No honestly, the beats out here is way more mellow than down south. The beats are more heartfelt.
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What is your advice to producers hoping to make it big?
Metro: I’ve been working hard everyday since I was 13. I didn’t go out, just made beats everyday. Work. Don’t ever stop working. Its about doing it everyday. the more you do, you gonna get better.
Sonny Digital: I started making beats when I was 12-13. The success of racks felt good. It was up and down, you gotta keep going. You stop, you fall up.
Joell Ortiz was also at the Battle of the Beatmakers as a guest judge for the competition. Both Sonny and Metro enjoyed his company, even though Ortiz has quite a few years on the young producers.
What do you think of Joell Ortiz?
Sonny Digital: Joell Ortiz is just a cool nigga. He is funny as fuck.
That is great to hear. Do you, Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital know each other personally?
Sonny Digital: he’s like my brother. I’ve been in the game since I was 19. Metro is still new. When Metro first moved to Atlanta, he lived with me.
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Okay, so you were roomies. Who was the messy roommate?
Metro: (pause and then laughs) Sonny digital is probably cleaner than me.
Both of you have produced tracks for 2chains, do you have a personal relationship with him?
Sonny Digital: We are really tight. I text him everyday. 2Chains was getting a bunch of work coming up which we are excited about.
Do you have a girlfriend? You know, I’m just curious…
Metro: Is that written down in your questions? (tries to glance at my notepad)
No, just a question I thought I should ask, a last minute addition…
Metro: (laughs) Yes I do actually. Thank you for asking that though. I got a lady down south, been with her since high school.
I know I am disappointing ladies everywhere but it is good to know that it is time to put away the “Boomin” fantasies, cuz this hip hop-er is taken! Overall, Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital are both very successful but demonstrate to producers worldwide that it is important to be humble, hilarious and down to earth, and overall, the importance of being real.