Future Discusses ‘The WIZRD,’ His “King’s Dead” Verse & Quitting Lean | For The Record


Future: What drives me is living every word and being that same way. And just being this person, being that rock star. And it’s hard because it just be like, “Damn, I don’t want to stop it and the fans stop loving me.” It’s like me taking chance on when I was … I didn’t want to tell nobody I stopped drinking lean. I didn’t want to tell because I felt then they gonna be like, “Oh his music changed because he ain’t drinking lean no more. Oh I can hear when he changed.” And people are like, damn, you won’t even say it. It’d just be hard, when your fans so used to you a certain kind of way with a certain persona, you be afraid to change. Rob Markman: What’s up Geniuses, welcome back
to For the Record and I am your host, Rob Markman. Now today’s guest is super special, all right. In the music every couple of years there comes
an artist where you can mark that defines an era. So you can remember music before Future and
after Future. On Friday his new album is coming out, Future
Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD. Super Future welcome to For the Record man. Future: Appreciate you all having me. Rob Markman: No, man, thank you for coming. It’s been a long time coming. I remember covering you, the Dirty Sprite
era, I remember doing a mixed tape daily in my MTV News days on True Story. And feeling like, I remember writing this
article. The headline was “Future Is The Future Of
Hip Hop. Because at the time, this was maybe around
2011, there was a shift, there was a sonic shift that was happening, the sound of music
was changing. Looking back on that time, were you aware
of the shift that was happening? Do you even acknowledge how much you might
have changed music now? Future: I wasn’t aware, definitely wasn’t
aware. I was just me, just doing me. Making music and just trying to bring something
new. Rob Markman: Right. Nah man, that’s why it’s so dope to have you
here because when you really talk about artists, there’s just certain artists that are just
icons that shift the culture. So we’re really, really happy to have you
here. Now you’ve got this new album coming, Future
Hndrxx Presents: The WIZARD. First of all I want to ask you about the title. Now Future Hndrxx Presents, what was the creative
thinking behind that? Future: It was because of The WIZRD, it was
just me putting everything to the end, you know what I’m saying? Before it was like me having a new chapter,
me ready to go to the new chapter of my life and everything. My uncle used to always call me the wizard,
rest in peace. But that was his thing, he called me the wizard. And it was just showing love to him. Also just dedicating this album to him and
the name he respected and I feel that I’ve worked for and worked to become everything
that he’d seen even before it happened. It was just like Future Hendrix because that’s
what I am right now. I feel like Future Hendrix, that’s the artist
that I became. From the beginning, I always embraced Hendrix
but now moreso that’s my name, Future Hendrix. And putting everything behind me and moving
on, onto the new chapter. Rob Markman: The WIZRD. Is there a … because you adopt this different
monikers. Future, obviously the name that you became
famous off of, Hendrix was this thing that developed through the years. And it was this sound that developed too. And a lot of, with your names, there’s a lot
of sounds that develop with certain aliases that you have. Is there a certain sound associated with the
WIZRD, or is it not that deep? Future: No, it’s not even that deep. But also, it’s just me bridging the gap between
when I first came out to where I’m at right now. Just being super repetitive, just more melodic
and just making real records with substance. You know what I’m saying? Just bridging the gap. Rob Markman: It’s funny because I hear the
record, “Jumping On The Jet” and it reminds me of old Future, on the grind, mixed tape
come up on Future. You know what I’m saying? It kind of gave me a similar vibe. Maybe not “Magic,” but you know what I’m
saying? Something like that. Future: That’s what I wanted to do with The
WIZRD. I wanted to take you on a roller coaster ride. Just take you on a journey with me just from
the beginning to where I’m at right now. Rob Markman: Okay. What else can we expect from this album, man? I know you said you only have one … there’s
not many features on there. There might be one feature or something like
that. Future: With this album, just like I said,
just taking you on a journey with me, just going from the beginning of my career, if
you was following me from the beginning to now you’ll be able to see the growth, you’ll
be able to hear the growth. You’ll be able to distinguish the sounds. And you know oh man, is that ‘True Story’
Future or it the ‘Dirty Sprite’ Future, or just the Future Hendrix, this is Hendrix
album. You know what I’m saying? Me bridging the gap and bringing everything
into one. Rob Markman: I remember … maybe it’s because
I had interviewed and really first got introduced to you as a professional. Obviously I heard ‘Dirty Sprite’ when
‘True Story’ came out. Irv Gotti has this quote that I love that
he says is called the Do It Again Business. So if you did something hot, do it again. And at the time you had ‘Dirty Sprite.’ And it was like all right, can you do it again? And with ‘True Story’ I was like, no this
is too right. Ridiculous. And you’ve done it again, and again and again
and again. We’re going on almost on 10 years now. Rob Markman: Through that whole time, I was
watching this documentary on Apple, The WIZRD documentary on Apple Music, and they’ve been
following you for years, these cameras. Was that tough for you to have? I know you also a very private person, you’re
a man of few words. You put a lot into your music rather than
out in the world like that. Was it intrusive to be documented like that
all of these years? Future: Definitely intrusive. I just had to open up and be comfortable and
find other ways to be comfortable with the cameras around me that much and around my
family. But it was just like me just compromising
even with my team. My team wanted to see it, they felt like it’d
be a great thing for my fans to see, for me to open up and talk more. I feel like it’s doing what it’s supposed
to do at this point. Rob Markman: It is dope man. It gives a rare glimpse into … like things
that I enjoyed about it like even watching you talk about just how you made “Mask Off.” Because we love these songs. I hear in the studio for them and you said
you sat down, “Mask Off” was the first song- Future: That I was sitting down. Rob Markman: … that you were sitting down
for in the chair. And now do you just sit down in the chair
for all your songs now? Future: Yeah, now I’m just sitting in the
chair doing the songs. But I think it’s a good thing for me to just
create the way I create it and I just find different moments in my life that I feel like,
okay, let me take this moment and just soak this moment up and just make the most of this. So me sitting down is me making the most of
the moment and not trying to stray away from something that didn’t work for me. Be like just because it worked for you continue
to do it. So I just … sometimes when it work, I always
want to try to find another way to go and find another way to work. Future: But I think I’m going to go back in
the booth one day. But at the end of the day, it’s just like
it worked and I don’t want to try to just break something because I want to just try
something new. Rob Markman: Right. Something else in the doc that was dope, and
I wonder how you felt. Have you seen the doc yet that … Future: Yeah, I’ve seen the doc. Rob Markman: Okay, so you have watched it? Future: Yeah. Rob Markman: Seeing Andre 3000 in the documentary,
knowing your history, being related, being cousins with Rico Wade and your connection
to the Dungeon Family. And obviously Outkast was larger than life,
best Hip Hop group of all time, you know what I’m saying? And Andre 3000, in that doc, I’m watching
that, and we’re all fans of Andre, but he’s a fan of you. He’s like gushing and not afraid to show it. He’s not too cool. He had the quote, “Future makes the most negative
inspirational music ever.” Then he talks about how he can hear how you
can balance your pain. How does it feel to have Andre be such a fan
of you and such a cheerleader and a champion for what you do? Future: It’s great because he’s my favorite
artist ever. Like when I was a kid, that was my favorite
artist. And to hear him speak of me the way he speak,
it’s a great thing. It made me never want to stop, it makes me
want to just continue to go and continue to be me and continue to just grow as a person,
as an artist, even so just being an overall great person at the end of the day. Rob Markman: Do you recognize, the things
that he says like says makes the most inspirational music. To start the show, I’ve said, and I believe
this, I’d go on record and tell anybody. Music changed after Future arrived. The sound of Hip Hop, the sound of music,
the sound of what everybody did shifted to where you are. I asked you earlier at the beginning did you
recognize this shift happening, you didn’t, you were just doing you. Now that your career is established and you’re
here at this point, do you recognize how Future has changed music? Do you recognize the things that Andre 3000
says about you and all the critics say about you? Future: I recognize it, but the type of person
I am, it would be corny for me, I feel like, to be like, “Oh, I’m doing this, I’m doing
that.” But I want other people to recognize that. I want other people to … they create and
they are inspired by me, to tell me like that, for them to tell the world. Rob Markman: Okay. Your work ethic, let’s just talk about your
work ethic, it’s not stop. Ever since you came out mixed tape after mixed
tape, album after album. 2007 you did ‘Future’ then you did ‘Hndrxx’
back to back. You did seven albums since 2012 since your
debut mixed tape. You got joint projects with Juice World, Drake,
Zaytoven, Young Thug. Do you ever get tired man? The output that you put is so tremendous,
does it ever get to you? Is it draining to be Future all the time? Future: It is draining. It gets draining because I understand the
lifestyle. At first I’d feen for the lifestyle, I loved
the lifestyle. Then get the lifestyle and be like, “This
get too much.” Where you got to keep creating these moments
and you want to move on for these moments. But these moments that made the music. Like having a lot of girls around and partying
and being up late, you know what I’m saying? Not being normal. Being abnormal as possible, making sure your
different, making sure you’re living every line. And it just gets too much on you when you’ve
been doing it for so many years, you’re like, “I don’t even want to do it no more.” But then the people around you, they’re chasing
the high so they want you to continue to chance that same high life. But you’ve got to do that. You’re not going to be real if you don’t do
it no more, if you don’t have this. If you do this, you’re going to be … you
know what I’m saying? Future: So it’s just like me like damn, the
people I’m sacrificing so much for, just myself, my personal life. Even the way my image, the way people are
looking at me because everyone around me. Or be like you need to make this shit and
you need to live this shit and be standing on my words. Man I need to live every word that I’m talking
about. And it just gets much because I be like, “I
want to make new shit that I’m not living no more. I just want to put an end to that.” So The WIZRD was so much of … it’s just
basically me putting an end to that chapter and moving on in life, man. Set me how I am now. Rob Markman: So are we going to see … so
is it safe to assume based on what you say, after WIZRD, we might see another shift, another
direction, another sound? New lanes that Future’s going in? Future: Yes. Rob Markman: Okay, that’s exciting man, definitely
exciting. What drive you still? What gets you up in the morning? What gets you going? Because at the same time, it’s like while
I can understand that you’re tired, it’s just the output, how you’re out working. The music is still great. It’s not like I don’t want it to sound like
you’re just going through the motions, because you’re not, because you’re still being great. So what drives you? What are you chasing? What are you reaching for now? Future: That’s what I say. What drives me is … that’s why I said what
drives me is me from living every word and being that same way. And just being this person, being that rock
star. So it drives you, you know what I’m saying,
to keep continuing to make the music and continue to be in the music. The fans, what they love you for. And it’s hard because it just be like, “Damn,
I don’t want to stop it and the fans stop loving me.” It’s like me taking chance on when I was … I
didn’t want to tell nobody I stopped drinking lean. I didn’t want to tell because I felt then
they gonna be like, “Oh his music changed because he ain’t drinking lean no more. Oh I can hear when he changed.” And people are like, damn, you won’t even
say it. It’d just be hard, and your fans so used to
you a certain kind of way with a certain persona, you be afraid to change. You’re afraid if they would not even accept
me no more. Rob Markman: Right. I think they’re going to accept you man. I’ve seen, one of the greatest things when
we talk about culture. First of all, so “I just fucked your girl
in some Gucci flip flops,” is a true story. This really happened to you. You were really in Gucci flip flops busting
it down. Do you trip out? I remember Halloween that year, people were
dressed up as Gucci flip flops. Future: I probably did it, so many other people
that did it too. It might have been a girl that had Gucci flip
flops on and vice versa. So it’s a real moments, for me and other people
also. People that want to live that moment. When they heard it they might have wanted
to do the same thing and did. Just to have truth to it. Rob Markman: Another thing that Andre said
in the documentary. I don’t know, I remember growing up being
an Outkast fan, him texting you when you were in New York. And talking about the respect. There was a time when New York was the birthplace
of Hip Hop. So everybody looked to New York and New York
was a hard town to win over. It’s not that way anymore. Atlanta, if we’re being real, the sound, the
Hip Hop sound, what Hip Hop covers, our culture sound comes out of your city. And you being one of the front runners of
that. Did you foresee that happening? Now everybody is following what Atlanta is
doing. If you could blow up in Atlanta then you good
everywhere else in the world. Future: It really was just all the work put
in before me, a combination of everything at once. Everybody, all the artists before me, including
to work from Atlanta and the combination of what I’ve done and the combination of other
artists that came behind me, it’s just to keep it going. Rob Markman: It was dope. And it’s still going … it’s dope. I see you saw an interview where you really
saluted Lil Baby and Gunna for their sound and for what they’re doing. So it was dope because as much as you’ve done,
you don’t take it all for yourself. You really kind of share and inspire and let
other people get their shots. Even you doing the album with Juice WRLD. Future: Yeah, that what having confidence
do for you. You have self confidence, man, you ain’t
trying to take it away from somebody else.you know what I’m saying? You know what you do, you know what you add
towards the game. You know who you are with yourself, you’re
comfortable in your own skin, it’s good. Rob Markman: One thing about the documentary,
too, that I want to touch on. And I wonder, again, when we talk about your
process, sitting. We talk about how you just freestyle and whatever’s
going on in that day will most likely end up in a song. Or sitting down after “Mask Off” because
“Mask Off” was so successful. The documentary touches on the death of your
friend and your collaborator and you’re engineer Seth Ferkins who had such … you know, you
collaborated with him, he’s in the studio working with you. Since he’s passed, does that change your process
in the studio? What was the process like for you having to
adjust to not having him there as you work on this new music? Future: It hasn’t changed my process. But it definitely has made me work harder,
you know what I’m saying? It made me go even harder when he passed away. Just looking over and not seeing him there
to the right of me, because we always record when he’s on the left, I’m on the right. Just looking over to the right and not seeing
is the only thing that gets to me to this day. But besides that man, I just keep recording
and recording and recording, recording the same process, the same way. All the engineers that was coming up around
him. We had interns in the studio that were watching
Seth. So we pretty much do the same thing, keep
the same tempo because everything’s just so. Just he’s not there. Rob Markman: Right. He set part of that tempo so the guys who
came up under him- Future: Yeah he’s setting foundation and…
so it was all good as far as the recording process goes. Rob Markman: Speaking of your process, one
question that I had man because it became a big thing. On Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead,” with Jay
Rock featuring you and featuring Kendrick Lamar, many you had a verse there that drove
everybody crazy. People ain’t know whether to love it or hate
it. And they ended up loving it. I’ve seen the whole Madison Square Garden
when Jay Rock performed, they dropped the mic and everybody said, “Ladidadida, slob
on my knob,” and it became this thing, like this cultural phenomenon when you go into
the clubs, the part that everybody sings in the song. Did you know that was going to happen? Like when you’re in the studio and you’re
like … you know you kind of changed your voice different. It’s was like “Yo, why? Is that Future? Why is he…?” And it just blew up. Future: It’s crazy you say that, because when
I did it, I did another verse and then at the end I did the Ladidadi part. But that was my favorite part. But I was like man “I’m just bullshitting,
I’m just playing around.” So I did the verse first. I did a verse for the song, and then I just
did that at the end just in case they want to keep it like an outro or something. And then he kept it, like Kendrick kept it. I was just like, “But I ain’t want that on
my verse.” He was like, “Man, that’s the best part.” I was like, damn, that’s dope. And when it came out everybody took towards
it like they gravitated toward that part like that. I’m like damn, that’s the part I didn’t even
do in the verse. I just actually left it at the end of the
song and he put it in the verse. So shout out to Kendrick for doing that. Rob Markman: That’s dope man. I remember when it came out, I was definitely
part of the group. I was like, “Yo, what is Future doing? What is this?” Future: I didn’t put it in the verse. Rob Markman: But it’s undeniable. When I seen it, when I seen them play the
Garden, I see that part and they drop the part and the whole Madison Square Garden does
it and tries to catch that same pitch that you caught. I said “It’s undeniable, man.” And it’s a testament to you and then also
you giving credit to Kendrick for knowing that was the part of the song. Future: I’m doing it with no effort. Just raw talent, just coming out. Sometimes people critique what I have, and
that’s a great thing to have people around me that recognize it. Rob Markman: All right man, that’s dope man. One other thing I wanted to go back, just
touching on the documentary because it made me think, I watched it this morning. Coming in on YC “Racks” was like … and
it was other one of those things where I was like yo, the sound of that song is one of
the sounds that changed, it’s part of that shift I’m talking about, but it was your sound. Did you write the entire record, was that
whole record yours? Future: Yeah, yeah. Rob Markman: So from beginning to end? And it was really that moment that made you
feel like you had to go harder for yourself. Because you’ve written for others since then. Future: Yeah. Of course. Rob Markman: But seeing the success of that
record, did it open your eyes to the success that Future can have as an artist on his own? Future: When I had, that success of that record
I was like man, that’s all I needed was to get in the game, somehow, some way. And when that opened up more… it opened
up the doors for me to just have my own voice. Rob Markman: What’s your favorite Future record
of all time? I know everybody has their different favorites. Future: It’s called “For my People.” Rob Markman: Okay. “For my People.” Man, I might have to go with “March Madness,”
man. Future: “March Madness,” too, “March
Madness.” It’s a bunch of them man. I like “New Bugatti” because I made it
in 30 seconds. I remember making that shit so quick. And for impact it had, its just like , it
just changed- Rob Markman: Was that the quickest song that
you did, “New Bugatti”? Was that record time for you? You said 30 seconds bro. Future: Oh man, I did so many records quick. Rob Markman: What’s the longest? Let’s go this way, what’s the record … do
you ever get stuck on a record? Was there ever a record that you couldn’t
quite figure it out and it took you longer than the rest? Future: Oh man what’s the record that took
long? It didn’t take long. If it’s a hit it come right away. It come right away if it’s a hit. It’s got to come right away. For me, that’s the way it works. Rob Markman: You said 30 seconds though. Like 30 seconds, you changed a lot of lives
in 30 seconds. Future: Because whatever I said, the first
thing I said was, “I come looking for you,” that was the first thing I said. So it wasn’t 30 seconds. It was like when I walked in the booth and
they turned the mic on. So it was like one second. Because whatever I said the first time, that
was the first take. It wasn’t like I did it over and I tried to
do another take. It’s like that’s the first thing I said was
“New Bugatti,” the same way you hear it on the track, it’s the same way I said it. I didn’t do no takes over or nothing. Rob Markman: I’m about to quit my whole job
and find something I could do in 30 seconds that’d change my life in seven seconds. Um, nah man. Yo, man, I really, really appreciate you coming
on For the Record man. I think it’s dope to have an artist like you. I think you put out a lot of music, but I
think when you really analyze it and what you be saying in your music, your fans really
gravitate towards it. And I kind of wanted to have a conversion
with you and get to know your process and how your process have evolved. You know what I’m saying? Future: Yeah, thank you. Rob Markman: Future man, thank you for coming
to Genius, thank you for coming for For the Record. Future: Yeah, thank you for having me on Genius. Rob Markman: Nah man, you’re welcome any time. Any time you drop something, any time you
want to come back, anytime you want to talk about lyrics man, you definitely have a home
here. Future: I appreciate it. Rob Markman: We’re here for you, all right. Future: Thank you. Rob Markman: My man. And thank you for tuning in. Check us out next week on For the Record. And definitely pick up that ‘Future Hndrxx
Presents: The WIZRD’ album out on Friday. Peace. Peace.

100 thoughts on “Future Discusses ‘The WIZRD,’ His “King’s Dead” Verse & Quitting Lean | For The Record

  1. https://youtu.be/io_QHtPfnys. Peep this track on my life this the hardest love song “I dont sip purple the lean no more, only smoke backwoods and raws”

  2. He basically think he gotta be single af for the rap game. Future fuck the rap game opinion go get Brittni and settle down. Tf

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  4. joe budden should've did this interview tho……more gems and more honesty no talk bout the 6 baby mamas tho right ROB…SMH

  5. He looks like if there was a black Burt’s Bees, and they had a Sherlock Holmes edition chapstick. The beekeeper of the Future.

  6. Proud of you future you a great role model and alpha male. Way to keep your head up after Russell Simpson brainwashed your kid to hate you.

  7. Stop playin like y'all dont know that slob on my knob line came from Juicy J. Future did kill it but u gotta shout out the originator of it too.

  8. Someone wearing dark sunglasses in an interview either has something to hide or they are super insecure. All the money and fame in the world and you can't even look people in the eye. Keep the grass cut low you will see the snakes slithering. O yea… Fuck you and all them drugs that you helped hooked all these curious teens on following you trying to be 😎 cool in your stupid sunglasses.

  9. All the albums around one popped out and stood out more than anything! And that's DAMN!!!! KENDRICK LAMAR

  10. Let me find out I slept on the wizard and save me……but I binged in a drop🤦🏾‍♂️ on both albums, and I can’t get enough 🤩👌🏾

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