Future gets candid.
The media-shy MC opened up about the ups and downs of success and fame in a mini-documentary for MTV called “The Reign of Future,” which was captured during his “Purple Reign” tour earlier this year.
Yesterday, a teaser for the clip revealed that the father of four was “not happy” with his stardom at one point. Now, the 10-minute doc shows more of the conversation, one that addresses family, pain, and inspiration.
“I am Future Hendrix forever,” he said in the opening scene. “That’s who I am. My mom named me Nayvadius, but I am Future Hendrix. The way I live, I’m a rock star, period.”
Watch the full doc and see highlights from the interview below.
On love: “Artificial love is like Kool-Aid. It’s water, and then you pour something in it and it turn different colors. Pure love is authentic, organic. I love you for your soul, I love you for the person that you are, I love you for your conversations and nothing else. I love the moments nobody know about. Not the moments when we taking pictures that show up on the ‘Gram. ‘Oh, they look so happy! They look cute! They slayed!’ I don’t want that love. It’s cool to do that, but that’s not the love that’s gonna stick with me forever. I want the love that I can never forget.”
On imitators: “I am the wave. Surfers got 40-foot waves. People get caught in the wave. They try to ride the wave and end up dying. They get lost in the water…You could ride the wave, but you not gonna be the wave. I am the wave.”
On his children: “They know my music, but they don’t understand it. My daughter don’t understand what’s ‘Dirty Sprite.’ My oldest son, I sense that he has an idea of what it is, but he never seen me do it. They hear the stories about me smoking, but they never seen me smoke. People always think that I’m just doing this in front of my kids. But I want them to have a totally different life from me. I want for them to make their own decisions.”
On inspiration: “It’s hard to get burned out or uninspired, man. I’m afraid of what that is. I feel like God made me this way, and I’m taking advantage of it. But also, you gotta understand: I have kids. That’s what I work hard for. I got the three No. 1 albums for my kids, man, to set a solid foundation for them. And even my nephews and nieces, my sisters, my brothers. I do everything for my family.”
On pain: “My music — that’s pain. That’s where it come from. I come from pain, so you gonna hear it in my music. No matter how far I go, I still can never forget when I used to sleep on the floor at my grandma’s house.”
On his grandmother’s heart attack: “I wasn’t there. I got both of my grandmas, by the grace of God, still alive. There’s people that don’t have their grandmothers, and I thought about those people. Like, what would you do if you could have your grandma back? Man, I’ll take whatever just to be around her and have a conversation with her. We come from the generation where our grandmothers was like our moms. So I just can’t let that go and not be there when it happened.”