Young Metro seemed to make the comments in jest while DJing at Future’s 40th birthday brunch in Los Angeles over the weekend, but his words quickly went viral and many misinterpreted his joke as gospel.
“Y’all ain’t even know, André 3000 played the flute on this muthafucka,” the producer told attendees after cuing up the song.
Complex reposted the clip on Instagram with the headline: “Metro Boomin Says Andre 3000 Played Flute On ‘Mask Off,'” prompting Metro to hop into the comments section to clear the whole thing up.
“How are you all even considered a real news outlet?” he wrote in disbelief.
Metro Boomin jokingly reveals that Andre 3000 played the flute on the intro of “Mask Off” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/tqk0IrfIKv
— FRSHOUT Hip Hop (@FrshoutHipHop) November 20, 2023
Metro Boomin’s initial joke came shortly after the release of André 3000’s instrumental flute album New Blue Sun, and appeared to reference the OutKast legend’s recent revelation that he has “secret” song credits with “known artists.”
“I’ve actually played some wind things that I’ve put out in the world that I called myself another name under different artists that are out there that, you know, I was just kinda testing it out in a way,” he told GQ last week. “From known artists, and they’ve been cool about keeping it secret.”
“Mask Off,” which was produced by Metro Boomin and landed on Future’s 2017 self-titled album, actually samples its flute sound from Carlton Williams’ 1976 track “Prison Song.”
The drug-fueled trap anthem peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is currently nearing diamond status having been certified 9x platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in July 2022.
Future and Metro may have more hits on the way as the prolific rapper-producer duo are expected to release their long-teased joint album in 2024.