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Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (born November 20, 1983), known professionally as Future, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born and raised in , Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the collective, where he was nicknamed "the Future". After amassing a series of between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a deal with and , which helped launch Future's own label imprint, . He subsequently released his debut album, , in April 2012 to positive reviews. Future's second album, , was released in April 2014, surpassing his debut on the album charts.
Between late 2014 and early 2015, he released a trio of mixtapes to critical praise: (2014), (2015), and (2015). His next releases, (2015), (2015, in collaboration with ), (2016), (2017) and (2017) all debuted at number one on the U.S. . The latter two made him the first artist since 1968 to debut two albums in consecutive weeks atop of that chart. Future has also released several singles or higher by the , including "", "", "", "", "", "" and "".
Life and career
1983–2010: Early life and career beginnings
Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn was born on November 20, 1983 in . He began using his stage name while performing as one of the members of the musical collective , where he was nicknamed "The Future". His first cousin, record producer, and Dungeon Family member , encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills and pursue a career as a rapper. He attended . Future voices his praise of Wade's musical influence and instruction, calling him the "mastermind" behind his sound. 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. From 2010 to early 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes including 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story. The latter included the single "Tony Montana", in reference to the film. During that time, Future was also partnering with rapper on their collaborative album Free Bricks, and co-wrote 's single "".
2011–2014: Pluto and Honest
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Future signed a major label with fellow American rapper 's , in September 2011, days before the release of his next mixtape, Streetz Calling. The mixtape was described by magazine as ranging from "simple and soundly executed boasts" to "futuristic drinking and drugging jams" to "tales of the grind". A 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 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."Future performing in 2014
Though Future had told that Streetz Calling would be his final mixtape prior to the release of his debut studio album, another mixtape, , was released in January 2012. In December 2011, Future was featured on the cover of Issue #77 of . Before his album being released in April 2012.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." Future was selected to the annual XXL list in early 2012. His debut album , originally planned for January, was eventually released on April 17. It included of "Tony Montana" featuring and "Magic" featuring . 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." The track became Future's first single to enter the chart. Other collaborators on the album include , and On October 8, 2012, 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 featuring 3 new songs and 2 remix songs including the remix for "Same Damn Time" featuring and , as well as his newest street single "" featuring . In 2012, Future wrote, produced and was featured on "" taken from Barbadian singer 's seventh studio album .
On January 15, 2013, Future released the compilation mixtape F.B.G.: The Movie which features the artists signed to his label: , Slice9, Casino, Mexico Rann and Maceo. It was certified platinum for having over 250,000 downloads on popular mixtape site . Future said of his second studio album Future Hendrix it will be a more substantive musical affair than his debut album and features music along with his usual "street bangers". The album was to be released in 2013. The album features , , , , , , , and , among others.
The album's lead single, "" featuring Casino, premiered on January 25, 2013, and was sent to on January 29, 2013. 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. 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 on . In December 2013, it was announced that Future would make a guest appearance on 's upcoming debut, . Future released on July 16, 2015.
2015–2016: DS2, What a Time to Be Alive and Evol
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On September 20, 2015, Future released a collaborative mixtape with Canadian rapper , titled . The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Billboard R&B Charts, and Billboard Hot Rap Songs, marking the first time a rapper was able to score two number one albums in a year, in 11 years, since back in 2004. The mixtape has sold over 334,000 copies in the U.S. On January 17, 2016, Future released another mixtape, titled , with executive production from and , as well as beat credits from , and more. On February 5, 2016, Future premiered his fourth studio album, , on debut episode of the radio show . In 2016, Future became the fastest artist to chart three number-one albums on the Billboard 200 since soundtrack albums in 2010.
On June 29, 2016, he appeared in an issue of .
2017–present: Future and Hndrxx
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On Valentine's Day 2017, Future announced via Instagram that his self-titled fifth studio album would be released on February 17, 2017. Exactly one week later, he would release his sixth studio album titled . Both albums went number one consecutively, which made Future the first artist to debut two albums at number one at the same time on the and . He, along with , collaborated with pop musician on the song "" from her album . The song peaked at number 18 on and was Future's eighth top 20 hit. Future curated the for the movie , which was released in June 2018.
Future makes prevalent use of in his songs, both rapping and singing with the effect. 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". stated that he "has managed to reboot the tired auto-tune sound and mash it into something entirely new", writing that he "combines it with a bizarro croon to synthesize how he feels, then [...] stretches and deteriorates his words until they’re less like words, more like raw energy and reactive emotions". The wrote that "Future’s highly processed vocals suggest a man driven to bleary desperation by drugs or love or technology", stating that his music "comes closest to conjuring the numbing overstimulation of our time".
Rapper , who also uses that audio processor, criticized Future's unconventional use of it in 2014. 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." Future's music has been characterized as .
This section needs to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (March 2018)
Future has four children with four different women: Jessica Smith, Brittni Mealy, India J, and singer . He was engaged to Ciara in October 2013, but Ciara called off the engagement in August 2014 due to his . Their son, Future Zahir Wilburn, was born on May 19, 2014.
As of 2016, Future is being sued by both Jessica Smith and Ciara. Smith is suing him for failing to pay , and stated that their son "suffers from emotional and behavioral issues stemming from Future's neglect as a father".Ciara is suing him for . In October 2016, a judge said that Future's string of tweets bashing Ciara did not relate to the million she was asking for.
In October 21, 2004, Future was arrested for theft by receiving stolen property and contempt of court this was before his music career ever started.
Awards and nominations
American Music Awards
Created by in 1973, the is an annual music awards ceremony and one of several major annual American music awards shows. Future has received two nominations.
The were established in 2001 by the network to celebrate African Americans and other individuals in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year.
BET Hip Hop Awards
The are an annual awards show, airing on BET, showcasing performers, producers and directors.
Billboard Music Awards
The is an honor given by , a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. Future has received two nominations.
The are annual awards presented by to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language .
iHeartRadio Music Awards
recognizes the music that was heard throughout the year across and its digital music platform.
Much Music Video Awards
The are annual awards presented by the Canadian TV channel Much to honour the year's best music videos.
MTV AwardsMTV Video Music Awards
The were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top of the year. Future has been nominated one time.
Teen Choice Awards
First held by in 1999 to celebrate the events of TV, music, and sports.
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