Future (rapper)

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Future in July 2014
Background information
Birth name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn[1]
Born (1983-11-20) November 20, 1983 (age 32)
Atlanta, Georgia
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • Keyboard
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn,[1] better known by his stage name Future, is an American hip hop artist from Atlanta, Georgia.[2] After releasing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major-label deal with Epic Records and fellow American rapper Rocko's A1 Recordings, which helped launch Future's own label imprint, Freebandz. Future subsequently began working on his debut album Pluto, and in April 2012 released the album to positive reviews. The album spawned five singles, all of which charted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The album was later re-packaged in November, as Pluto 3D. His second album Honest, was released in April 2014. He unexpectedly released his third album, DS2, in July 2015, which earned him his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Future premiered his fourth studio album EVOL on February 5, 2016 on DJ Khaled's We The Best Radio's debut on Beats 1.

Life and career[edit]

1983–2010: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn was born on November 20, 1983, in Atlanta, Georgia.[3][4][5] He began using his stage name while performing as one of the members of the musical collective The Dungeon Family, where he was nicknamed "The Future." His first cousin, a record producer named Rico Wade who was also a member of The Dungeon Family, encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills and pursue a career as a rapper. He attended Columbia High School. Future voices his praise of Wade's musical influence and instruction, calling him the “mastermind” behind his sound.[5] He soon came under the wing of Atlanta's own Rocko who signed him to his label A-1 Recordings. Since then his work ethic has driven him to his success.[6] From 2010 to early 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes including 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story.[6][7] The latter included the single "Tony Montana", in reference to the Scarface film.[7][8] During this time, Future also partnered with Gucci Mane on the Free Bricks collaborative album and co-wrote YC's single "Racks".[9][10]

2011–12: Pluto[edit]

Future signed a major label deal with Epic Records in September 2011, days before the release of his next mixtape, Streetz Calling.[11] The mixtape was described by XXL magazine as ranging from "simple and soundly executed boasts" to "futuristic drinking and drugging jams" to "tales of the grind."[10] A Pitchfork review remarked that on the mixtape Future comes "as close as anyone to perfecting this thread of ringtone pop, where singing and rapping are practically the same thing, and conversing 100% through Auto-Tune doesn't mean you still can't talk about how you used to sell drugs. It would almost feel antiquated if Future weren't amassing hits, or if he weren't bringing some subtle new dimensions to the micro-genre."[8]

Though Future had told MTV that Streetz Calling would be his final mixtape prior to the release of his debut studio album, another mixtape, Astronaut Status, was released in January 2012. In December 2011, Future was featured on the cover of Issue #77 of The FADER.[12] Before his album being released in April 2012.[13][14] XXL's Troy Mathews wrote, "While Astronaut Status is up and down and never really hits the highs like 'Racks', 'Tony Montana', and 'Magic' that fans have come to expect from Future, it’s apparent that he’s poised to continue the buzz of 2011 humming right along into 2012."[15] Future was selected to the annual XXL Freshmen list in early 2012.[16]

His debut album Pluto, originally planned for January, was eventually released on April 17.[17][18] It included remixes of "Tony Montana" featuring Drake and "Magic" featuring T.I..[19] According to Future, "'Magic' was the first record T.I. jumped on when he came outta jail. Like, he was out of jail a day and he jumped straight on the 'Magic' record without me even knowing about it."[19] The track became Future's first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[20] Other collaborators on the album include Trae Tha Truth, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg [21] On October 8, 2012, Pusha T released "Pain" featuring Future, the first single from his upcoming debut album.

It was announced that Future will be repackaging his debut album Pluto on November 27, 2012 under the name Pluto 3D featuring 3 new songs and 2 remix songs including the remix for "Same Damn Time" featuring Diddy and Ludacris, as well as his newest street single "Neva End (Remix)" featuring Kelly Rowland.[22] In 2012, Future wrote, produced and was featured on "Loveeeeeee Song" taken from Barbadian singer Rihanna's seventh studio album Unapologetic.

2013–present: Honest, DS2, What a Time to Be Alive and EVOL[edit]

On January 15, 2013, Future released the compilation mixtape F.B.G.: The Movie which features the artists signed to his Freebandz label: Young Scooter, Slice9, Casino, Mexico Rann and Maceo. It was certified platinum for having over 250,000 downloads on popular mixtape site DatPiff.[23] Future said of his second studio album Future Hendrix it will be a more substantive musical affair than his debut album and features R&B music along with his usual "street bangers". The album was to be released in 2013.[24] The album features Kanye West, Rihanna, Ciara, Drake, Kelly Rowland, Jeremih, Diplo, and André 3000, among others.[25]

The album's lead single, "Karate Chop" featuring Casino, premiered on January 25, 2013 and was sent to urban radio on January 29, 2013.[26] The song is produced by Metro Boomin. The official remix, which features Lil Wayne, was sent radio and was released on iTunes on February 19, 2013. On August 7, 2013, Future changed the title of his second album from Future Hendrix to Honest and announced that it would be released on November 26, 2013.[27] It was later revealed that the album would be pushed back to April 22, 2014, as it was said that Future has tour dates with Drake on Would You Like A Tour?.[28] In December 2013, it was announced that Future would make a guest appearance on Kat Dahlia's upcoming debut, My Garden.[29] Future released DS2 on July 16, 2015.

On September 20, 2015, Future released a joint-mixtape with Canadian rapper Drake, What a Time to Be Alive.[30]

On January 17, 2016, Future released another mixtape, titled Purple Reign, with productions from Metro Boomin, Southside, Zaytoven, and more.[31]

On February 5, 2016, Future premiered his fourth studio album EVOL on DJ Khaled's premiere of the debut of his new We The Best Radio show on Beats 1.[32]

Musical style[edit]

Future makes prevalent use of Auto-Tune in his songs, both rapping and singing with the effect. Pitchfork Media wrote that Future "miraculously shows that it's still possible for Auto-Tune to be an interesting artistic tool," stating that he "finds a multitude of ways for the software to accentuate and color emotion."[33] Rapper T-Pain, who also uses that audio processor, criticized Future's unconventional use of it in 2014.[34] In response, Future stated in an interview that "when I first used Auto-Tune, I never used it to sing. I wasn’t using it the way T-Pain was. I used it to rap because it makes my voice sound grittier. Now everybody wants to rap in Auto-Tune. Future’s not everybody."[35]

Personal life[edit]

Nayvadius Demun Wilburn has fathered four children with four different women: Jessica Smith, Brittni Mealy, India J, and singer Ciara.[36] Future and Ciara were engaged in October 2013, but Ciara called off the engagement in August 2014.[37] Their son Future Zahir Wilburn was born on (2014-05-19) May 19, 2014 (age 1).[38]

On January 21, 2016, Future was sued by ex-fiancée Ciara for defamation, slander, and libel.[39]


Main article: Future discography

Awards and nominations[edit]

BET Awards[edit]

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other individuals in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2012 Best New Artist Nominated [40]
2013 Best Male Hip-Hop Artist [41]
2014 Best Male Hip-Hop Artist [42]

BET Hip Hop Awards[edit]

The BET Hip Hop Awards are an annual awards show, airing on BET, showcasing hip hop performers, producers and music video directors.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Best Collabo, Duo or Group "Bugatti"
(with Ace Hood and Rick Ross)
Nominated [43]
Best Featured Verse
2014 MVP of the Year [44]
Album of the Year Honest
Best Collabo, Duo or Group "Move That Dope"
(with Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino)
Best Club Banger Won
Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
People's Champ Award

Much Music Video Awards[edit]

The Much Music Video Awards are annual awards presented by the Canadian TV channel Much to honour the year's best music videos.

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 Best Hip Hop Video "DnF"
(with P Reign and Drake)
Won [45]


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