From early 2010 to 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes titled ‘1000’, ‘Dirty Sprite’ ad ‘True Story’. In September 2011, he signed a major record deal with Epic Records fellow American rapper Rocko's A1 Recordings.
After inking the deal with A1 Recordings, Future came up with his next mixtape ‘Streetz Calling’. Through the mixtape, he brought a new dimension to pop genre and nearly perfected it. Simultaneously, he also partnered with rapper Gucci Mane for their collective album ‘Free Bricks’. He even co-wrote the YC single ‘Racks’.
Though ‘Streetz Calling’ was deemed as the final mixtape before the release of Future’s debut album, in January 2012, he came up with yet another mixtape titled ‘Astronaut Status’. Though ‘Astronaut Status’ did not perform exceptionally well as his previous works, it nevertheless took Future’s rhythm and music well into the next year.
Future’s debut album ‘Pluto’ was released in April 2012. It included remixes of ‘Tony Montana’ featuring Drake and ‘Magic’ featuring T.I. ‘Magic’ went on to become Future’s first single to enter the Billboard Hot 100 chart. ‘Pluto’ had inputs from Trae Tha Truth, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg. Later in 2012, Future wrote, produced and was featured on ‘Loveeeeeee Song’ taken from Barbadian singer Rihanna's seventh studio album ‘Unapologetic’.
On January 15, 2013, Future released the compilation mixtape ‘F.B.G.: The Movie’ which featured artists signed to his Freebandz label including Young Scooter, Slice9, Casino, Mexico Rann and Maceo. The mixtape was a huge hit (having over 250, 000 downloads on mixtape site DatPiff) and it was certified platinum.
Following the release of ‘FBG: The Movie’, Future announced the coming of his second studio album ‘Future Hendrix’. Much unlike his debut venture, ‘Future Hendrix’ was deemed to be more substantive musical affair featuring R&B music. Its lead single ‘Karate Chop’ featuring casino premiered on January 2013. In August, Future changed the title of his album to ‘Honest’. After much speculations, ‘Honest’ was released on April 2014. The album featured inputs from Kanye West, Rihanna, Ciara, Drake, Kelly Rowland, Jeremih, Diplo and André 3000 amongst many others.
Between 2014 and 2015, Future came up with three mixtapes, ‘Monster’, ‘Beast Mode’ and ’56 Nights’. Interestingly, all the mixtapes did exceedingly well earning much critical acclaim and appreciation.
On July 2015, Future came up with his next successful album ‘DS2’. He followed it up with a collaborative mixtape, with Canadian rapper, Drake, titled ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ later in the year. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Billboard R&B Charts and Billboard Hot Rap Songs thereby making Future the first rapper in more than a decade to have two number one albums in a year. The mixtape alone sold over 334,000 copies in the U.S.
On January 2016, Future released another mixtape titled ‘Purple Reign’. He immediately followed it up with his fourth studio album ‘EVOL’ that premiered on DJ Khaled's debut episode of the Beats 1 radio show ‘We The Best’. With the release of his fourth album, Future became the fastest artist to have three number-one albums on the Billboard 200 since Glee soundtrack albums in 2010.
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Other than albums and mixtapes, Future also released several singles certified gold or higher by the RIAA, including ‘Turn On the Lights’, ‘Move That Dope’, ‘Fuck Up Some Commas’, ‘Where Ya At’, ‘Jumpman’, ‘Low Life’ and ‘Mask Off’.
On February 2017, Future came up with his eponymous fifth studio album. While his fans were soaking in the ecstasy of his new album, Future showered them with yet another new album, his sixth titled ‘HNDRXX’. Both the albums went number one consecutively, thereby making Future the first artist to debut two albums at number one at the same time on the Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums Chart.
Though Future’s career started way back in 2010, his first major breakthrough came in, in 2015 when he came up with his album ‘DS2’ and a collaborative mixtape with Canadian rapper Drake titled ‘What a Time to Be Alive’. Both the albums were major hits and performed exceptionally well. The albums debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Billboard R&B Charts and Billboard Hot Rap Songs thereby making Future the first rapper to have two number one albums in a year.
In 2017, Future surprised his fans by giving them two albums back to back within a week of each other’s release, the first was his self-titled fifth album ‘Future’ and the second being his sixth album titled ‘HNDRXX’. Both the albums peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums Chart thereby making Future the first artists ever to have two albums debut at the top position.
Awards & Achievements
Ever since his musical career set soar, Future has earned himself a number of nominations in various categories at numerous award functions. Together with Drake, he won the Best Group award at BET Awards in 2016.
Future has won the BET Hip Hop Awards twice, once in 2014 in the category Best Club Banger for ‘Move That Dope’. In 2015, he won the Best Mixtape award for his ’56 Nights’.
Much Music Video Awards presented him with the Best Hip Hop Video award for ‘DnF’ that he shared with P Reign and Drake.
Personal Life & Legacy
Future has had a colourful personal life. He has four children with four different women: Jessica Smith, Brittni Mealy, India J, and Ciara.
In October 2013, Future was engaged to Ciara. However, she called off the engagement in August 2014 due to his infidelity. Their son, Future Zahir Wilburn, was born on May 2014.
Currently, Future has legal proceedings against him by both Jessica Smith and Ciara. While Smith has sued him for failing to pay child support, Ciara has sued him for defamation, slander and libel.