Having grown up in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta (in Future lingo: "Lil Mexico") as Nayvadius Wilburn, Future comes from Southern rap royalty: His cousin is Organized Noize/Dungeon Family co-founder Rico Wade, in whose studio he crafted his talents -- much like Outkast and Goodie Mob before him. "It was a great experience to work around professional guys and see the writing process: how to make a bridge, different ways to come up with hooks," he says. Originally assisting on Wade's production and writing projects, Future eventually had his own commercial breakthrough as the featured artist (and ghostwriter) on YC's 2011 hit "Racks." A series of mixtapes saw Future make his name as a rapper capable of weaving melody into his flows without betraying his technical skill, as well as an A-plus hook writer who can work as easily over the blaring horns of trap rap as he can over the arpeggiated synths of hip-hop super producer Mike WiLL Made It.
Though Future has yet to announce the release date of Future Hendrix, he has already amassed quite a list of rumored features and producers, including Kanye, Diplo, Lil Wayne and André 3000. According to the rapper, the album will be more "soulful" than his previous work, both in content and production. But while Future Hendrix may surpass Pluto artistically, his first album certainly redefined Atlanta rap -- and the solar system. As Future explains, "Pluto's not a planet anymore! It's a CD!"
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