It took six mixtapes, a fake Cuban accent, and a sizzurp high before Future landed a record deal with Epic. Now the Atlanta-based rapper is one of the Dirty South's most promising artists.
"I'm just coming out, but if you go anywhere in the South," he says, "I get that love and respect like I have a catalog of LPs under my belt."
But Future only has one LP, Pluto, which was released earlier this year and features collaborations with everyone from R. Kelly to Drake to Snoop Dogg. This Auto-Tuned 26-year-old spitter's rise to Southern rap supremacy and R&B stardom is mind-blowing.
This past March, Future appeared at the XXL showcase at South by Southwest. A few months prior, the hip-hop magazine profiled him in its annual Freshman issue alongside Danny Brown, French Montana, and other up-and-coming artists.
"When I was making 'Tony Montana,' it was so farfetched for me to get Drake on the record," the rapper says. "They called me and said, 'Drake wants to get on Tony.' We had a long conversation. I sent it to him and he sent it back the same night."
As a result, homie's riding the fame wave, touring the country in support of Pluto, which debuted in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 40,000 copies in its first week.
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"I make music on the highest level," Future boasts. "When you listen to Pluto, you'll understand."
Future with Pusha T. Tuesday, May 29. Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $29 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 954-449-1025 or visit jointherevolution.net.