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Straight Talk With Future
Rapper Future recently participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview to discuss the making of his new album, Honest, and how he captured the vibe of the '80s with GRAMMY winner Pharrell Williams on the track "Move That Dope," among other topics.
"When I first heard that beat, I connected with it, and I wanted to make sure we gave [it] that '80s feel," said Future regarding "Move That Dope," which features rappers Pharrell, Casino and Pusha T. "My producer, Mike Will, played the record for Pharrell and Pusha T … and they wanted to be a part of it. They [said] 'Man, it's a dope record.'"
Atlanta native Future launched his music career with the encouragement of his cousin, GRAMMY-nominated producer Rico Wade of Organized Noize, who produced hits for GRAMMY winners OutKast, TLC and Ludacris, among others. Future released his first mixtape, 1000, in 2010, followed by a series of mixtapes, including 2011's True Story, which produced the breakout single "Tony Montana." In 2011 Future inked a deal with Epic Records and scored his first hit to crack the Billboard Hot 100, "Same Damn Time." Future's debut studio album, 2012's Pluto, peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and includes collaborations with Drake, Juicy J, R. Kelly, and Snoop Dogg, among others.
Released on April 22, Honest peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The album features 12 tracks written or co-written by Future, including "Move That Dope," "I Won" (featuring Kanye West), "Never Satisfied" (featuring Drake), and "Benz Friendz (Whatchutola)" (featuring André 3000).
Future will kick off a North American tour on May 23 in Milwaukee, with dates scheduled through July.