5 Things We Learned From Future's 'The Wizrd' Documentary

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Future performs at The Plains of Abraham in The Battlefields Park during day 3 of the 51st Festival d'ete de Quebec (FEQ) on July 7, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.

On Thursday evening (Jan 10), Future hosted a screening at NYC’s iPic Theater for his new documentary, The Wizrd, which was then released today exclusively through Apple Music. The South Street Seaport location was flooded with press, radio personalities and a sprinkle of public figures -- Busta Rhymes was spotted in the theater -- all awaiting Future’s arrival before the screening began. The film, produced by Mass Appeal, is another way for fans of the Atlanta rapper to peek behind the curtain and potentially discover unknown details about his come up and his current methods of success.

The Wizrd follows Future through three different tours: Purple Reign, Nobody Safe and Summer Sixteen. Later, Ebro Darden, global editorial head of hip-hop & R&B at Apple Music, asked about whether or not the documentary was for him to re-establish a leadership role in music. “It’s not really about establishing my music thing but more so getting my point across again, that I’m not going nowhere,” he answered. “I’m here to stay. I’ma just keep elevating, I’ma keep going.”

Here are five things we learned watching the screening of The Wizrd.

Organized Noize's, Rico Wade, found out Future was his cousin at a family funeral they both attended. 

It’s interesting to consider what today’s rap music would sound like if Future had never even met his cousin Rico. “If I didn’t meet Future when I met Future, the music thing probably wouldn’t have come together for him,” Wade explained. Andre 3000 shared that when Future was in his teenage years, he would spend hours on end with The Dungeon Family to escape the trouble he was getting into in the streets. Future hung out with Wade in his mother’s basement, or The Dungeon, where he’d listen to the Organized Noize team concoct classic hits for acts like Outkast and Goodie Mob.  

Baby Future has the same rap pattern as his dad.

In one scene of The Wizrd, Future is backstage with his son and the little boy burst into a jovial freestyle. His rhyme scheme seemed to mimic his father’s way of implementing melodies within verses. And Future played the background as the ultimate hypeman, inserting the occasional ad-lib once every few “bars.”  

Future chose his DJ because he had a degree in psychology.

This is one of the quirky characteristics of the Atlanta rapper at his core. Where some may believe there’s no rhyme or reason to what he does, Future puts a lot of effort and thought into the people that are around him. He thought that it would be beneficial to have DJ Esco as his right hand and, ultimately, it was the fact that Esco has a psychology degree that solidified the deal. According to Future, it gives him an edge, being able to consider a variety of perspectives.

Future literally showed up at the studio to record “Thought It Was a Drought” moments after having sex.

The infamous hook “I just fucked your bitch in some Gucci flip flops" was an actual event. According to Future, he says that all of his music is based on some personal experience. In reference to the raunchy lyric, he had stripped down to everything but the flip flops for a sexual tryst and, somehow, found inspiration in that moment. When Metro Boomin recounts the experience, he’s almost in awe of how it went down. He said that the rapper hit the studio after, sauntering into the session still donning the slides, then went into the booth and started with the hook. 

Andre 3000 and his son Seven are Future fanatics.

Of course, the two men have Dungeon Family ties, but even beyond that, Dre has been singing Future’s praises since his 2012 debut album Pluto. The concept that one of rap’s lyrical greats could be a fan of this polarizing leader of the younger generation is enough to make any purist at least give him another listen. “Future makes the most inspirational negative shit,” Dre enthused. “Even, ‘I’m flying first class flights on these pussy n---s...’ [from Pluto 3D's track “First Class Flights.”]”