He subsequently released his debut album, Pluto, in April 2012 to positive reviews. His second album, Honest, was released in April 2014, where it surpassed his debut on the album charts. Between 2014 and early 2015, Future released a trio of well-received mixtapes: Monster (2014), Beast Mode (2015), and 56 Nights (2015). He followed later in the year with his third studio album, DS2, and the full-length Drake collaboration, What a Time to Be Alive, both of which debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200.
Future premiered his fourth solo album, EVOL, in February 2016 which also scored number one on the charts. Future has also released several singles certified gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), including Turn On the Lights , Move That Dope , Fuck Up Some Commas , Where Ya At , Jumpman , and Low Life. Contents 1 Life and career 1.1 1983–2010: Early life and career beginnings 1.2 2011–14: Pluto and Honest 1.3 2015–present: DS2, What a Time to Be Alive and Evol 2 Musical style 3 Personal life 4 Discography 5 Concert tours 6 Awards and nominations 6.1 American Music Awards 6.2 BET Awards 6.3 BET Hip Hop Awards 6.4 Billboard Music Awards 6.5 Grammy Awards 6.6 Much Music Video Awards 7 References 8 External links Life and career 1983–2010: Early life and career beginnings Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn  was born on November 20, 1983, in Atlanta, Georgia.    He began using his stage name while performing as one of the members of the musical collective The Dungeon Family, where he was nicknamed The Future.
His first cousin, a record producer named Rico Wade who was also a member of The Dungeon Family, encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills and pursue a career as a rapper. He attended Columbia High School. 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 Scarface film.
  During that time, Future was also partnering with a fellow rapper Gucci Mane on their collaborative album Free Bricks, and co-wrote YC s single Racks.   2011–14: Pluto and Honest Main articles: Pluto (Future album), Pluto 3D, Honest (Future album), and Monster (Future album) Future signed a major label recording contract with Epic Records fellow American rapper Rocko s A1 Recordings, in September 2011, days before the release of his next mixtape, Streetz Calling.  The mixtape was described by XXL magazine as ranging from simple and soundly executed boasts to futuristic drinking and drugging jams to tales of the grind.  A Pitchfork 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 Auto-Tune 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 Toronto in 2014 Though Future had told MTV that Streetz Calling would be his final mixtape prior to the release of his debut studio album, another mixtape, Astronaut Status, was released in January 2012. In December 2011, Future was featured on the cover of Issue 77 of The FADER.  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 Freshmen list in early 2012.  His debut album Pluto, originally planned for January, was eventually released on April 17.   It included remixes of Tony Montana featuring Drake and Magic featuring T.I.  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 Billboard Hot 100 chart.
 Other collaborators on the album include Trae Tha Truth, R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg  On October 8, 2012, Pusha T 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 Pluto 3D featuring 3 new songs and 2 remix songs including the remix for Same Damn Time featuring Diddy and Ludacris, as well as his newest street single Neva End (Remix) featuring Kelly Rowland.
 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 features the artists signed to his Freebandz label: Young Scooter, Slice9, Casino, Mexico Rann and Maceo. It was certified platinum for having over 250,000 downloads on popular mixtape site DatPiff.  Future said of his second studio album Future Hendrix it will be a more substantive musical affair than his debut album and features R&B music along with his usual street bangers.
The album was to be released in 2013.  The album features Kanye West, Rihanna, Ciara, Drake, Kelly Rowland, Jeremih, Diplo, and André 3000, among others.  The album s lead single, Karate Chop featuring Casino, premiered on January 25, 2013 and was sent to urban radio 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 Drake on Would You Like A Tour?.  In December 2013, it was announced that Future would make a guest appearance on Kat Dahlia s upcoming debut, My Garden.  Future released DS2 on July 16, 2015.
2015–present: DS2, What a Time to Be Alive and Evol Future performing on the Summer Sixteen tour in 2016 On September 20, 2015, Future released a collaborative mixtape with Canadian rapper Drake, titled What a Time to Be Alive.   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 Jay Z back in 2004. The mixtape has sold over 334,000 copies in the U.S.  On January 17, 2016, Future released another mixtape, titled Purple Reign, with executive production from Metro Boomin and DJ Esco, as well as beat credits from Southside, Zaytoven and more.  On February 5, 2016, Future premiered his fourth studio album, EVOL, on DJ Khaled s debut episode of the Beats 1 radio show We The Best.
 In 2016, Future became the fastest artist to chart three number-one albums on the Billboard 200 since Glee soundtrack albums in 2010.  On June 29, 2016, he appeared on an issue of Rolling Stone.  Musical style Future makes prevalent use of Auto-Tune in his songs, both rapping and singing with the effect. Pitchfork Media 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.  GQ 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.
 Rapper T-Pain, 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 trap music.  Personal life Future has fathered four children with four different women: Jessica Smith, Brittni Mealy, India J, and singer Ciara.  He was engaged to Ciara in October 2013, but Ciara called off the engagement in August 2014.  Their son, named 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 child support, and stated that their son suffers from emotional and behavioral issues stemming from Future’s neglect as a father.  Ciara is suing Future for defamation, slander, and libel.  In October 2016, a judge said that the string of tweets bashing Ciara by Future did not relate to the $15 million she was asking for.  Discography Main article: Future discography Studio albums Pluto (2012) Honest (2014) DS2 (2015) EVOL (2016) Commercial mixtapes Monster (2014) Beast Mode (2015) 56 Nights (2015) What a Time to Be Alive (with Drake) (2015) Purple Reign (2016) Beast Mode 16 (2016) Concert tours Co-headlining Summer Sixteen Tour (with Drake) (2016)  Awards and nominations American Music Awards Created by Dick Clark in 1973, the American Music Awards is an annual music awards ceremony and one of several major annual American music awards shows.
Future has received two nominations. Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref. 2016 Future Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Nominated  What a Time to Be Alive (with Drake) Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album Nominated  BET Awards The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other individuals in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref. 2012 Future Best New Artist Nominated  2013 Best Male Hip-Hop Artist Nominated  2014 Nominated  2016 Nominated  Where Ya At (with Drake) Best Collaboration Nominated Coca-Cola Viewer s Choice Nominated Future and Drake Best Group Won BET Hip Hop Awards The BET Hip Hop Awards are an annual awards show, airing on BET, showcasing hip hop performers, producers and music video directors. Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2011 Racks (with YC Worldwide) Best Club Banger Nominated 2012 Same Damn Time Nominated 2013 Bugatti (with Ace Hood and Rick Ross) Nominated  Best Featured Verse Nominated Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated 2014 Move That Dope (with Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino) Nominated  Best Club Banger Won Best Hip Hop Video Nominated People s Champ Award Nominated Honest Album of the Year Nominated Future MVP of the Year Nominated 2015 Nominated  Fuck Up Some Commas Best Club Banger Nominated People s Champ Award Nominated 56 Nights Best Mixtape Won Beast Mode Nominated Monster Nominated 2016 Purple Reign Nominated  Future MVP of the Year Nominated Best Live Performer Nominated Hustler of the Year Nominated Made-You-Look Award Nominated I Got the Keys (with DJ Khaled and Jay Z) Best Hip Hop Video Nominated Best Collabo, Duo or Group Nominated Jumpman (with Drake) Nominated DS2 Album of the Year Nominated Billboard Music Awards The Billboard Music Award is an honor given by Billboard, a publication and music popularity chart covering the music business. Future has received two nominations. Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref. 2016 Future Top Rap Artist Nominated  What a Time to Be Alive (with Drake) Top Rap Album Nominated  Grammy Awards The Grammy Awards are annual awards presented by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry. Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
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