Future is an American hip hop recording artist who made a rise in the rap scene in 2010. You might know him for his first single to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ‘Magic’ featuring T.I. in 2012. You may also know him for his recent drama with fellow singer and ex-fiance, Ciara, with whom he has a child. But, what you should recognize from this rising star is his work ethic and ability to constantly release fresh material, both of which can be attributed to his current success. Future has had an interesting career thus far and is becoming increasingly popular with a significant net worth in a short amount of time.
Born Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn in Atlanta, Georgia on November 20, 1983, his journey in music began with the Dungeon Family, of which his first cousin and record producer, Rico Wade, was a member. The Dungeon Family was a hop hop group named after Wade’s studio, which was located in the basement of his mother’s home. Wade, who was Wilburn’s musical inspiration, encouraged him to pursue a career as a rapper and continue to improve on his writing skills. It was during his time with the Dungeon Family that his stage name, Future, was developed due to receiving the nickname, “The Future.”
Early in his career in 2010 and 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes titled 1000, Streetz Calling, Dirty Sprite and True Story. In 2011, thanks to his hard work and talent, he was signed to Epic Records. He quickly gained a reputation for being able to produce content quickly along with a unique sound and innovative content, combining rapping and singing with addicting melodies.
Pluto, Future’s first debut album in April 2012, was met with mostly positive reviews. Five singles came from Pluto, all of which were on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the one we mentioned at the start of this article, ‘Magic.’ This debut album sold roughly 41,000 copies in its first week and has generated about $2,000,000 in sales over time.
Prior to releasing Pluto, though, Future put out another mixtape called Astronaut Status in January 2012, even though he stated Streetz Calling would be his last mixtape before this debut studio album. Furthermore, in November that year, he re-released Pluto featuring three new songs and two remix songs. His recreated version was called Pluto 3D and starred fellow artists Ludacris, Kelly Rowland and Diddy. Before the end of 2012, he also wrote, produced and was featured on Rihanna’s “Loveeeeeee Song” on her album Unapologetic.
The momentum only continued from there, as Future wasted no time creating new music. From 2013 to 2015, there was very little resting time for the Atlanta native. In January of 2013, he started off the new year with another mixtape, F.B.G.: The Movie, which earned platinum status for having over 250,000 downloads from the hip hop downloading site DatPiff.
In April 2014, he released his second album, Honest. The album was originally supposed to be launched in November of 2013, but it was postponed due to Future having plans to join Drake on his “Would You Like A Tour?” event.
DS2, Future’s third album, was dropped in July 2015 and earned him his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In the fall of 2015, he collaborated with Drake on another mixtape called What a Time to Be Alive. Then, Purple Reign was released on January 17 as his first mixtape of the year with only an 11-hour notice. In February, Future announced and premiered his fourth album, EVOL, which is “love” spelled backwards.
Throughout his career thus far, he has not only created a strong musical portfolio but has also collaborated with many other artists (in addition to the ones previously mentioned) like Miley Cyrus, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.
With his strong work ethic and dedication and passion for producing music, Future’s net worth strolls in at $8 million this year thus far. This number comes from performances, which revenue can be estimated at $150,000 per 45-minute performance, his music sales and his assets, such as his diamond jewelry from Cartier and Rolex watches, which are valued at $10,000 each. He also generates revenue from writing and producing music for other artists, such as previously mentioned Rihanna.
Unfortunately for Future, though, that may change due to his ex Ciara’s lawsuit of $15 million, who is suing him for slander, defamation and libel after several comments (and lyrics) he has made about her. This does not include the $15,000 he pays per month in child support to their son, also named Future, or the $2,800 per month he is ordered to pay for his oldest son to a different woman from another past relationship.
The ex had already been fighting in court regarding a custody battle involving their son, commonly nicknamed Baby Future, but this ongoing lawsuit may end up costing Future big. However, at the rate he is going, he will be able to persevere financially as long as he continues to stay on top of his career. He just may need to double up on his musical performances. Luckily for him, he is in high demand right now.