Everyone’s dream can come true if you just stick to it and work hard. – Future.
If you’re into hip hop, you know the name’ Future.’ Future is one of the most influential new-age rappers, with a string of hit singles and top-selling albums. The artist is well known for his outlandish spending, and his net worth of $62 million makes him one of the richest artists in the rap game.
Future is an American rapper and record producer who started writing rhymes with his cousin when he was a teenager. The rapper blew up in the 23010s, becoming one of the most influential names in the hip hop industry.
Future: The Facts
|November 20, 1983
|🌎 Country of Origin:
|United States of America
|💲 Source of Wealth:
Future gained notoriety with his hit single ‘F**k Up Some Commas,’ propelling him to superstardom almost overnight. The rapper is one of the new generations of artists that learned to leverage their skills on the YouTube platform, producing independent music videos that shot the rapper to worldwide acclaim and massive fame online.
Future – The Early Years
Born on November 20, 1983, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Stephanie Jester, Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn never knew his father. He picked up the nickname ‘The Future’ after joining ‘The Dungeon Family’ collective in his formative years.
The group’s official producer, and Futures cousin, told him to work on his rapping and songwriting skills as he saw potential in the artist at an early age.
At the time, Future had the choice of going into his music or a life on the streets, and he chose the former. Today, Future credits his cousin as the driving force behind his music and career.
Future – Career
Future appeared on the hip-hop scene in early 2010. The artist released his first mixtape, ‘1,000’, followed by ‘Dirty Sprite’ and ‘True Story.’ The mixtapes were well received in the hip-hop community, earning Future a deal with Epic Records and fellow rapper Rocko’s A1 Recordings.
After signing the deal with A1, Future released his next mixtape, ‘Streetz Calling.’ The mixtape brought a new dimension to hip-hop, incorporating elements of pop music to create a fresh look at the genre. Next, the rapper partnered with industry legend Gucci Mane on a collaborative album ‘Free Bricks.’
Future was also the creative driving force behind the YC single ‘Racks,’ co-writing the track. In January 2012, the artist released his mixtape, ‘Astronaut Status.’ While the mixtape wasn’t as successful as his previous releases, it paved the way for his first commercial success.
His debut studio album, ‘Pluto’ was released in April 2012, including the smash hit remix of ‘Tony Montana’ featuring Drake and ‘Magic’ featuring T.I. Magic. Magic was Future’s first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
‘Pluto’ also featured input from industry legends Snoop Dogg, Trae Tha Truth, and R. Kelly. Later that year, Future worked on ‘Loveeeeeee Song’ on Rihanna’s album ‘Unapologetic.’ January 2013 saw the rapper release the mixtape ‘F.B.G.: The Movie’ featuring the rappers Slice9, Young Scooter, Casino, Maceo, and Mexico Rann signed to Futures Freebandz label.
The mixtape proved to be a smashing success, receiving over 250 000 downloads and certified platinum. Following ‘FBG: The Movie,’ Future announced his second studio album, ‘Future Hendrix.’ This album saw Future take more of an R&B direction in his music.
The smash hit single ‘Karate Chop’ featured the artist’ Casino,’ premiering in January 2013. Later that year, Future changed the album’s title to ‘Honest.’ The album featured collaborations with top industry icons like Rihanna, Kanye West, Drake, Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Jeremih, Andre 3000, and Diplo.
From 2014 to 2015, the rapper released another three mixtapes, ‘Monster,’ ‘Beast Mode,’ and ’56 Nights.’ All three of the releases were commercial successes, earning him much respect in the hip hop and R&B community for his unique style.
In July 2015, the rapper released his next studio album, ‘DS2.’ He followed up this success with a collaborative album ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ featuring the Canadian superstar rapper Drake. The album opened at number one on the Billboard 200, Billboard R&B Charts, and Billboard Hot Rap Songs, making it his most successful commercial release to date.
His success with the two albums made him the only rapper in a decade to have two number-one albums in the same year. On January 2016, the rapper released the mixtape ‘Purple Reign,’ following it up with his fourth studio album’ EVOL.’
EVOL debuted on DJ Khaled‘s first episode of Beats 1 radio show ‘We The Best.’ The release of the fourth studio album saw Future become the first artist to have three number-one albums on the Billboard 200 since 2010.
In February 2017, Future released his sixth studio album, ‘HNDRXX,’ with both albums going to number one consecutively, resulting in the rapper being named the first artist to debut two albums at number one on the Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums Chart.
Future – Awards and Achievements
Future is one of the top-selling artists of the 2010s. Along the way to releasing several mixtapes and studio albums, the rapper earned a reputation as one of the most nominated rap artists in the industry. He won the Best Group award at BET Awards in 2016 alongside Drake.
Future is a two-time winner of the BET Hip Hop Awards in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, he won ‘Best Club Banger’ for ‘Move That Dope,’ and in 2015, he won ‘Best Mixtape’ for his ’56 Nights.’ He also won the Best Hip Hop Video Award at the Much Music Video Awards for ‘DnF,’ sharing it with Drake and P Reign.
Future – YouTube, Touring, and Platinum Records
Future also makes a huge amount of money off touring. The artist made $30 million in ticket sales between September 2017 and September 2018. His performance that year placed him in the top 10 highest-paid rappers.
The year prior, the rapper banked $23 million from touring and sold 3 billion streams of his tracks. Future also has 55 certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America, awarding Future a Platinum certification for his 2017 album ‘HNDRXX’ and his 2018 release ‘Wrld On Drgs’ collaborating with the late rapper Juice WRLD.
So, Future has a total of eight platinum albums, besting the legendary Canadian rapper Drake, who has seven platinum releases. The rapper can go for a ninth title with his latest release, widening the gap between him and Drake.
The rapper took time off from touring in 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic. However, he has plans to get back to touring in 2022.
Future also has a massive YouTube channel with 12.2 million subscribers. The rapper averages millions of views for his top tracks, with monetization earning him millions in advertising revenue on his channel.
His recent release, ‘I’m Dat N****,’ received 2.4 million views in a week. His hit track ‘F*** up Some Commas’ has 164 million views. While there is no information on how much the rapper earns from his YouTube channel, we can expect it’s in the millions of dollars each year.
Future – Personal Life
Future has a reputation as a prolific womanizer. The rapper is notorious for saying ‘she belongs to the streets,’ describing promiscuous women. The rapper believes women are his downfall, and he vows to remain single forever.
However, that doesn’t stop him from living a promiscuous lifestyle. Future has six children with six different women. The rapper was engaged to singer Ciara briefly in 2013 and 2014 but had to break it off due to his infidelity on tour.
The couple had a son, Future Zahir Wilburn, born in May 2014. Ciara has also sued Future for slander, defamation, and libel after the rapper posted a series of tweets ripping on the singer. The women also filed paternity suits against the rapper after he failed to meet his child support obligations.
Future refused to take a DNA test to determine the paternity of the children with Cindy Parker, another one of the rapper’s love interests, dropping her lawsuit. According to insiders, the rapper settled with the women out of court.
Eliza Seraphin also filed a lawsuit against Future for paternity, claiming that Future knew of the pregnancy and the rapper communicated with her throughout her term. She claims that the rapper allegedly said he would care for her and her child financially after the birth but failed to live up to his promises.
There are reports of Future dating one of Steve Harvey’s daughters, Lori Harvey. Still, the couple recently broke up due to Futures’ ongoing infidelity and inability to be a one-woman man.
Future – Spending Habits
Future also has a reputation for outlandish spending habits. In an interview with Complex Magazine, the rapper is quoted as saying, “When I get started, I don’t stop,” referring to how he blows huge amounts of money on spending sprees.
The rapper appeared on an episode of the web series ‘Sneaker Shopping’ where he was filmed browsing in Barney’s, spending nearly $40,000 on shoes and clothes. The rapper bought several pairs of shoes from top luxury brands like Vetements and Prada and also bought his daughter, Londyn Wilburn, several pairs of Celine and Channel shows.
During the interview, the rapper said the following about his spending habits.
“I be buying my little girl 10, 20 pairs of Chanel, and she ain’t nothing but nine years old. She got more bags than grown ladies. No cap.” Some of the other shoes and clothes the rapper purchased on his spending spree included a pair of $900 Gucci slippers, $160 Givenchy socks, and $550 Buscemi sneakers.
Future can barely control his spending, and the rapper also has a penchant for expensive jewelry, spending millions of dollars on his collection. The rapper has this to say about his shopping addiction.
“I shop every day. I probably spend two to three hundred thousand dollars on clothes a month.”
While the rapper laughs in the interview as he brags about his outlandish spending habits, he also admits it’s a bit of an addiction for him, “It’s crazy — I gotta stop.”
Sometimes it’s hard to open up about your personal life, your relationship because you always want the music to be in the forefront. You want the music to be the biggest carrier of everything that you represent.
I Won’ is not a love song. It’s just me uplifting women in general. I’m giving women the power to treat themselves as a trophy – to show that and know it in yourself and be confident – because when they do that, whoever they’re with is winning.
My die-hard fans who came out – I call them my die-hard fans because any time a fan pays to see you, they have to love what you’re doing, respect the craft.
I’ve been on the songs of all these rappers that put out an album, and my music is still better.
I’ve always been into fashion since I was a kid. I love fashion. I appreciate it. I just enjoy dressing up and getting all the new sneakers and all the hot exclusive clothes – I did even when I was young.
I’m not for the publicity stunts. Leave my son out of the publicity stunts.
When I played football, basketball, and baseball, I was always a starter. I played baseball as the number three or number four-hitter. Playing baseball, I was the third baseman or pitcher. Football, I was the quarterback. I was always versatile. It came to me naturally. It was always easy.
All gigs are good gigs. There’s never a bad one. Everything have a reason behind it; you just got to find that reason.
I don’t write hits for myself, or other artists, or to just be writing it. I write it because I was born to do this, was given this gift and I’m making the most of my opportunity.
You got to live and learn and make mistake to be a man.