Halsey is coming out swinging in defence of rap producer Metro Boomin’ after he went on a Twitter rant slamming Artists Partners Group, a division of Atlantic Records/Warner Music Group, as “vultures” who “take advantage of hungry artists/producers/writers who put their whole life into their music just 4 u to rob them.”
Metro Boomin’ — a rapper, singer, songwriter and producer whose real name is Leland Tyler Wayne — took to Twitter on Thursday to tear a chunk off of APG as what he called a “PSA” to producers, warning that the record company doesn’t “steal your soul.”
After naming some Atlantic Records execs whom he admires — “I just want to be clear and not publicly disrespect those who have been in my corner all along,” he wrote — he singled out APG, writing, “They play by their own rules.”
In subsequent tweets he went even further, calling APG “VULTURES” and “just evil.”
Halsey agreed with Metro Boomin’s assessment, and issued a few scathing tweets of her own.
In the first, she says that what Metro Boomin’ describes is “exactly who I wrote ‘Hold Me Down’ about!” She then cites lyrics from the song: “Sold my soul to a 3 piece.”
In “Hold Me Down”, Halsey sings: “My demons are begging me to open up my mouth/ I need them, mechanically make the words come out/ They fight me, vigorous and angry, watch them pounce/ Ignite me, licking up the flames they bring about / I sold my soul to a three-piece/ And he told me I was holy/ He’s got me down on both knees/ But it’s the devil that’s tryna hold me down, hold me down.”
In a followup tweet, Halsey spells it out (in all caps, no less) by writing: “PROTECT YOUR ART. F**K THESE PEOPLE TRYING TO BLEED ARTISTS DRY. DONT LET SOMEONE EQUATE THEIR INFLUENCE WITH UR CREATIVITY AND LABOUR.”
Billboard has reached out to Warner Music Group for comment.