Future emerged and quickly became one of the fastest rising stars in rap music. Because of his highly successful albums and platinum selling singles, the 33-year-old rapper has got everything going his way. He even got nominated for an American Music Award for the ‘Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop’ in 2016.
Over the years, Future has collaborated with plenty of hip-hop stars including the three-time Grammy winner, Drake. The two of them released a joint mixtape titled ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ in 2015. It went on to sell more than a million copies in the United States and Canada and also topped charts in both countries. The Used to This rapper is now expected to perform soon, so get your Future tickets if you want to enjoy his music live.
Early Life & Influences
Future is inspired by artists like Outkast, Dungeon Family, Pimp C and Jimi Hendrix.
Born as Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, Future grew up in Atlanta. After watching some of his favorite stars like Jay-Z, Redman and DMX, live in concert he decided to give rap music a shot. He approached his first cousin and a well-known record producer, Rico Wade for guidance.
“It was me just being around Rico for a whole year and not even wanting to do music and just learning him.”
Rico told Future to sharpen his songwriting skills and he was soon spotted by Rocko who signed him to his A-1 Recordings. Driven by a strong desire to break into the hip-hop scene, he released a series of mixtapes, ‘1000,’ ‘True Story’ and ‘FDU & Freebandz’ in 2010 and 2011. This helped Future get noticed by other rappers, including Gucci Mane who teamed up with him to release a collaborative mixtape, ‘Freebricks’. At the same time, he appeared on YC’s single, Racks, which landed at the fourth spot on the Hot Rap Songs and was certified gold by the RIAA.
Future released another mixtape, ‘Astronaut Status’ in January of 2012. He then released his first studio album, ‘Pluto’ in April of the same year. The record was his first step towards stardom. It achieved critical success and was included in Washington Post’s list of the ‘Top-10 Albums of 2012.’ Moreover, Consequence of Sound ranked the album at the thirty sixth spot on its list of the ‘Top-50 Albums of the Year.’ On the charts it landed at the eighth spot on the Billboard 200. It also spawned a single, Turn on the Lights, which sold more than a million copies in the U.S.
Breakthrough & Recognition
The album that became Future’s breakthrough success was titled ‘Honest.’ It was released in 2014, two years after his debut record, ‘Pluto.’ This studio effort reached second and first spot on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums respectively. It also became his first record to earn him a BET Hip Hop Award nomination for the ‘Album of the Year.’ In addition, ‘Honest’ was included in Rolling Stone’s list of the ’50 Best Albums of 2014.’ The critics also praised the album. Exclaim! had this to say about it,
“Honest demonstrates Future's keen ear for production, as well as a sense of realism hidden between braggadocio lyrics, club hooks and reverberating production. By all accounts, Honest reveals that Future's music was never a "right place, right time" story, but one that's unique and has staying power.”
One year later, Future released his third studio record, ‘DS2.’ The album was a critical and commercial success. It debuted at the first spot on the Billboard 200 and was awarded platinum certification by the RIAA. ‘DS2’ also gave three unforgettable singles including, Where Ya At, which featured a guest appearance from Drake. The song received massive airplay in the United States and went on to sell in excess of three million copies in the country. Moreover, Complex included the record in its list of ‘The Best Albums of 2015.’ DS2 was also mentioned in Rolling Stone’s list of ‘The 50 Best Albums of 2015.’
Notable Work & Albums
Future has recorded six studio albums. His first three records made him famous throughout North America and beyond and then he came out with his fourth studio effort ‘Evol’ in 2016. The album became his second record to top the charts in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA. It included eleven songs on the track-list including one with The Weeknd titled, Low Life. The song was released as the lead single of ‘Evol’ and it recorded multi-platinum level sales in the U.S. and Canada.
Future Tour Tickets
2017 has been an amazing year for Future. He was not only nominated for a BET Award for ‘Best Male Hip-Hop Artist’ but he also released two back-to-back chart-topping albums, ‘Future’ and ‘Hndrxx’. The former record received three stars out of five from the Rolling Stone, whereas the latter produced a single in collaboration with Rihanna titled, Selfish, which went gold in the U.S., New Zealand and Germany.
Future also embarked on the ‘HNDRXX Tour’ in July and after performing in Tampa, Atlanta and Melbourne, he ended his trek on October 23rd. He is now scheduled to play two more shows in San Antonio on October 29th and at the Flagstaff on November 10th. If you want to dance to his irresistible hip-hop beats then wait no more and get your Future tour tickets here.