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Atlanta-bred hip-hop artist and producer Future (born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn) is in the midst of a busy — and creative — stretch. He released his second studio album, “Honest,” last year and then gifted fans with a series of mixtapes: the Metro Boomin-produced “Monster”; “Beast Mode,” a joint effort with DJ and producer Zaytoven; and the DJ Esco-assisted “56 Nights.”
But his fans were also left reeling following reports of infidelity toward R&B singer Ciara, the mother of his 1-year old son (also named Future), and wondering if the end of their relationship had any influence on his most recent work. On the track “Throw Away” from the “Monster” mixtape, the 31-year-old rapper says, “If loving me in public ain’t safe/You can take my love and hide it, don’t give up on me today/Hold on to me like a true love.”
Future has dubbed himself “Future Hendrix,” so clearly he fancies himself a rock star, and he calls his sound “astronaut music.” Employing autotune for an otherworldly and gritty sound, he creates such shoulder rocking songs as “Turn on the Lights” and the “Scarface”-inspired “Tony Montana” from his debut album, “Pluto.”
With his use of autotune, the parallels to singer-songwriter T-Pain, who made the technique especially popular, were inevitable. Despite comparisons, Future has his own approach to hitmaking and continues to show off his strength as a skilled songwriter, creating catchy songs that quickly end up stuck in listeners’ heads. He may use autotune to complement his sound, but he doesn’t use it to play it safe.