Only three months into 2017 and the first quarter of the year has belonged to Future.
Making Billboard history with back-to-back albums debuting at number one a week apart, the “Mask Off” rapper is slowing no signs of slowing down.
He sat down in a recent cover story for Billboard to talk about everything from Ciara to Donald Trump. Read some excerpts below.
On his life post-Ciara and being happy:
“I feel like everything happened for a reason,” he says. “I’m happy with life now. I’m happy with life, period, even with the end of a relationship being…” He trails off, and when he starts up again the tone is more defiant. “I’m just not going to settle for anything, you know? Even in my life now, I know I can be a better person. I ain’t giving up on myself, so if you give up on me, I ain’t got nothing else to say for you. Because if you give up on something that’s real, it wasn’t real to you.”
On cutting back on drugs:
“They had me going the cornball route!” he says with a bitter little laugh. And anyway, Future notes that not even the women he’s writing about — clearly not all Ciara — will know who the tracks are really about. “What the people don’t understand is, I been kicking it with superstars when it comes to females for a minute — on the low-low with nobody don’t know-know.”
On making chart history:
“If I’m the biggest artist in the world, cool, but I want to just be me,” he says. “I want my money to be different. I’m not trying to have rapper money. My goal is to be able to get everything from the world that I can get.”
On his problems with The Grammy Awards:
“The Grammys, they get what they get — the shit that they don’t, it’s the shit that they maybe don’t want to understand,” he says. “They’re not going to keep me from doing what I’m supposed to do as an artist.”
On being the provider for his family:
“I’m the motherf—ing provider,” he says. “That’s what God put me here for. Everybody ride what they want to ride, dress how they want to dress, live how they want to live.”
“I ain’t even rocking with that shit, you dig what I’m saying? I don’t even want that name in my interview.”