21 Savage - "Mad Stalkers"
From the moment the drop introduces 21 Savage 's verse on album opener "Ghostface Killers," this trio on the cutting edge of hip-hop's trap-youth movement was completely locked in.
Over the past several years, Metro Boomin has proved himself to be an increasingly diverse producer, able to slide in and out of a variety of styles, but at his core he's a painter of horrorscapes, specializing in sparse atmospheres that are equally effective heralding anguished Future hooks or the imminent arrival of Freddy Krueger.
It's fitting, then, that he would group the dead-eyed Savage and ominously dexterous Offset, two of the more vividly bleak storytellers around, to annotate his chilling illustrations; the result is incisive in its execution. -- DAN RYS