Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (AKA Future) is one of the most quotable rappers on the planet. Between his music innovation and his personal life, he is one of the most influential hip-hop artists in the recent era of music. He has received numerous awards and nominations throughout his career as a rapper and musician including a Grammy. Vulture referred to him as one of the most important artists of the decade. Competitive swimmer Michael Phelps said, "There is no rapper today more inspiring than Future.”
This rapper and performer is truly an icon and a man well worth looking into. He cited one of his big inspirations as 70s Rock legend Jimmy Hendrix, often referring to himself as 'Future Hendrix'. He is considered the pioneer in the use of melodies and autotune effects in trap music. He is also jokingly the king of male toxicity when it comes to relationships, especially on social media. Want to take a look into the mind of this man? Let's go over some of his best quotes from interviews, social media posts, and lyrics.
"I know melody. I know rhythm; I know bass guitar; I know the piano. I know everything about music that helps build the music that go along with creating the whole art form, you know what I’m saying?"
"If you’re doing what you think people might like, rather than doing what you like, people will see through it."
"You make music to change the radio, not make music for the radio."
"Don't ask for a million dollars. Ask for the stuff that'll get you a million dollars - your health, your brain, your sanity, wisdom. Prepare me for when I do get that million. Make sure I don't go crazy, make sure I help my family."
"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."
"I was probably 15 when I started going to the studio with the older cats in my neighborhood. They heard me rap outside one time; I was just freestyling. And they invited me to the studio. It’s good when you’re accepted, no matter what crowd. That’s the first step of believing you can do whatever you feel like putting your mind to."
"It's hard to get burned out or uninspired, man."
"I’m always most comfortable in the studio. It’s my comfort zone. I love being there, and I love making records."
"When you grow up in something, you don’t even know if it’s bad or good. You just know that’s how it is."
"People respond to something melodic."
"I'm just really a free spirit. You gotta be like that. 'Cause life ain't that complicated. It's only that complicated when you make it that way. I just wanna wake up and move with the way it goes. If it's meant to happen, it will happen."
"My music is like a diary. I use every experience."
"At times, I think, ‘What would I rather be doing than music?’ That’s what you have to ask yourself, if you feel like you need to be somewhere else… But there’s nothing else I want to do more than music. That’s why I stay in the booth."
“Buy a Birkin for the b*tch before I buy her a flower.”
"Future's not everybody. The people who are taking my style are like my babies. I've got a tribe of kids that want to be like me... But I understand why people want to imitate the things I do. They're dope. It comes naturally to me. My fans can expect greatness. If I wasn't me, I would want to be me."
"Found out I cheated on her, she still feed me grapes."
"The weirdest place I ever actually woke up in was a villa on the beach in Mexico. It was burning hot, and there were all these crabs walking around me. But I was feeling good, so I went with the vibe."
"They kidnapped my wifey for the safe spot, I told 'em shoot her in the face, man I hate thots."
"I don’t read blogs. I’m living the life they’re writing about. So why read about it?"
"You know that I can make hits. You know I can do all these rap records. So, I’m going to start opening up and letting you know my struggles."
"I’ve been on the songs of all these rappers that put out an album, and my music is still better."
"It takes an astronaut so long to get to space – that’s how long it takes to catch up on my music."
"If you behind me, I’m not going to look back and try and figure out what you’re doing behind me."
"I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life. I wouldn’t say musically, though."
"I know I haven’t always done things the right way. I’m just trying to reflect on how to make myself better, how to become a better man, a better father, a better person, a better artist."
"I don’t take anything for granted. I know there are a million and one dudes who are rapping, wishing they were in my shoes."
"Where I know I wanna go is being consistent on business, and that's just making another artist, my clothing line - capitalizing off the moment. I wanna be consistently doing that - capitalizing off every move I make."
"I don't just write hits for myself, or for other artists, or to just be writing it. I write it because I was born to do this. I was given this gift, and I'm making the most of my opportunity."
"I was drawn to love songs, but I was just drawn to great music - no matter if it's hip-hop, pop, R&B or whether it's rock n' roll or country. It could be a Garth Brooks song, and if it's a smash, then I'll love the different wordplay and different melodies. That's what I'm a fan of - great music."
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