'I'm the master of music, period. I feel like nobody in music can do what I do,' he says.
Even if many were surprised by Future's success with his debut LP, "Pluto," the Atlanta rapper says he was ready for the accolades. "I knew it was gonna do what it did," he tells The Juice, "I knew it was timeless music because people wasn't expecting it from me. People didn't expect 'Turn On the Lights' from me after I did 'Tony Montana' and 'Magic' -- telling ni**as I was 'fucking two bad bitches at the same damn time.' 'Turn On the Lights' was outside the furthest of their imaginations."
Future may be right, as unpredictable as his upward climb has been, the harshest of critics can't argue with numbers. His first studio album debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and has sold 202,000 copies to date. "Pluto" did so well that the Epic Records signee is prepping to re-release it with three new tracks and two remixes on November 27. He says that he's had the bonus tracks ready long before receiving the necessary phone call to set the plan in motion. "LA Reid called me and said, 'Man, I'ma give you a whole lot of money,'" he shares, laughing. According to Future, the re-release has opened up a whole new budget for him, allowing extra time for the completion of his sophomore studio album.
The past year has been a whirlwind for Future, topping charts with smash hits like, "Same Damn Time" and the aforementioned "Turn On the Lights." "Turn On the Lights" reached No. 2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. I got classics," he explains, "I put together a classic. I wasn't trying to put together something people that everybody was gonna be bouncing their head around to, like my mixtape ['Dirty Sprite'], because that's what I do. I can make that in my sleep. It's easy."
His Auto-Tuned vocals have also added a certain presence to guest spots on the tracks of others. The Freebandz leader doesn't hesitate to put himself in the same echelon as some of Atlanta's rap royalty from the Dungeon Family. When asked about his thoughts on being named a "master of hooks," he responds loftily, "I'm the master of music, period. I feel like nobody in music can do what I do. The only people who can do what I do are from my camp and that's 3000 and Cee-Lo."
For Future, the defining point of his skyrocketing success is based on his willingness to experiment, particularly since receiving his big break on YC's "Racks" in 2011. "I'm telling you, after I made 'Racks,' I knew how to make a hit," he states, "It wasn't even my song but I knew what I was doing. I just felt it like something was different. I couldn't even explain."
"I found the right tone," he continues, "I knew how to control my tone. I haven't even used the "Racks" tone for the last 15 songs that I've released. I haven't used that tone, period. I've given them numerous hops, line after line and tone after tone. I know tone control."
Another factor in Future's recent winning status is the inclusion of fellow Atlien Sonny Digital behind the boards. The young producer is responsible for providing the background to most of Future's musical catalogue and he makes his return on "Pluto 3D" as expected. Perhaps the most shocking co-signs of all have come from the biggest mainstream stars -- from Beyoncé proclaiming "Tony Montana" to be one of her favorite songs to Rihanna tapping Future to collaborate on "Loveeeee Song," off her "Unapologetic" album.
"I was in the studio making music and she called," he discloses, "She wanted me to send her music, so I sent her music. It wasn't that simple though, you gotta understand, when you're dealing with big superstars."
"It ain't really about the music anymore because there are so much politics in between," he continues, "If we can get through that, and we can get on the phone and talk to each other, you say you want the music and I know I was just in the studio making it and I can send it to you? Then it's done, if it's that simple." "But if there's anything extra then it might be real difficult," he says with a chuckle, "It was cool though from beginning to end that's why we made a love song."
With the release of "Pluto 3D" quickly approaching, Future is already considering the makings of his sophomore album which he says will shock the world, featuring live instrumentation throughout. He reveals that he has no apprehension regarding the album although he hasn't locked in any featured artists or producers for the project yet. Still he's adamant about it having been done for two years. "It's all in my head," he admits, "I have small elements of the music. It's like a building, the structure of the music, so I might have the shell, a beat, a hook, a melody that I just put on the beat."
"I may have a beat in mind and I already know what I'ma put on that beat. I have all those thoughts in my head, it's just about putting it together. Like a puzzle," he whispers, then laughs, "It's so simple these days."