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Future Gets Candid about Fatherhood, Family & His Relentless Work Ethic in MTV Documentary: 'Future's Reign'
"I've been going to the studio every day for five years," says Future in the new MTV documentary Future's Reign, which will air on MTV at 7:50 a.m. ET on Friday. And one swift look at his chart history supports that claim. After scoring three No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 in less than seven months with Evol, the joint Drake venture What a Time to Be Alive and DS2 (not to mention his previously released mixtape Purple Reign and contribution to DJ Esco's Project E.T.), the Atlanta rapper says the motivation for his relentless work ethic is family.
"It's hard to get burned out or uninspired, man," he says in the clip. "I'm afraid of what that is. I feel like God made me this way, and I'm taking advantage of it. But also, you gotta understand: I have kids. That's what I work hard for. I got the three No. 1 albums for my kids, man, to set a solid foundation for them. And even my nephews and nieces, my sisters, my brothers. I do everything for my family."
Additionally, he gushes about fatherhood, a trait rarely seen from the man who toasts to his codeine-laced beverage of choice, dirty Sprite, and recalls having to wipe his young sons' bottoms in the bathroom. "My son, he learning to use the restroom right now," he says. "He walk in my room the other day and I'm sitting on the bed. And he was using the restroom — he like, ‘Come wipe me up!'"
Future continues, "It's a reality check. It don't matter what's going on: I have a No. 1 album, and my son comes and leaves his drawers in the bathroom, talking 'bout wipe him up! My other son, Prince, he'll be there and use a whole roll of tissue," he goes on, cracking himself up. "He be in there just rolling the tissue, use everything and still don't get the job done. I'm like, man, let me help you. Man, I love being a dad. It's super fun." The special also provides a behind-the-scenes look at the rapper's Purple Reign tour.
Watch Father Future shine on-stage and off in the documentary below.