Future was born Nayvadius Cash on November 20, 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia. His stage name came about after members of the musical collective The Dungeon Family called him "The Future." He was encouraged to sharpen his writing skills and pursue a career as a rapper by his cousin, producer Rico Wade, who's also a member of The Dungeon Family.
From 2010 to early 2011, Future released a series of mixtapes including "1000", "Dirty Sprite" and "True Story". The latter included a hit single titled "Tony Montana". During this time, Future also partnered with Gucci Mane on a collaborative album titled "Free Bricks", wrote YC's single "Racks" and signed with a major label.
Future joined Epic Records in September 2011, just days before releasing his next mixtape, "Streetz Calling". It was initially planned to be released as his last mixtape before he released his debut album, but he returned with another mixtape called "Astronaut Status" in January 2012. His debut LP "Pluto" followed in in April of the same year. Including remixes of "Tony Montana" featuring Drake and "Magic" featuring T.I., the album peaked at No. 2 on Billboard 200.
Later in 2012, Future enjoyed high-profile credits for co-writing and making cameo on "Loveeeeeee Song" off Rihanna's "Unapologetic" album. In early 2013, he released a compilation mixtape called "F.B.G.: The Movie" which features some artists signed to his Freebandz label.
Also in 2013, Future announced his second album titled "Future Hendrix" and was scheduled for release later that year. However, he decided to retitle the project to "Honest" and released it in early 2014. It landed at No. 2 on Billboard 200.
Future then spent the rest of the year rolling out three mixtapes as well as making headlines for his split from fiancee Ciara. He scored another major hit "F**k Up Some Commas" in late 2014 and then announced his third album "DS2" in early 2015. The album arrived in summer and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200.
Just a few months after that, rumors began swirling, suggesting that he had a joint mixtape with Drake in the works. The rumors started after an OVO artist uploaded and later deleted what was thought to be the mixtape's cover art. After a week of speculation, Drake confirmed the mixtape and released it on September 20. Titled "What a Time to Be Alive", it entered Billboard 200 at No. 1 and became the second No. 1 effort in 2015 for both Drake and Future. Drake already topped the list earlier in the year with his other surprise effort "If You're Reading This It's Too Late".
In early 2016, Future released another mixtape titled "Purple Reign", which was shortly followed by the release of the rapper's fourth studio album "EVOL" on February 5. Gaining massive success with the set, Future became the fastest artist to score three No. 1 albums on Billboard 200 chart since "Glee" soundtrack in 2010.
Future then released two albums in 2017. He took to Instagram on Valentine's Day to announce that his fifth self-titled studio album "Future" would arrive on February 17 and would be followed by the release of the sixth LP "HNDRXX" a week after. The latest album boasts appearances from Rihanna and The Weeknd. Both efforts debuted atop Billboard 200 and Canadian Albums Chart simultaneously.
Later that year, he hopped onto Ty Dolla $ign's "Don't Judge Me" with Swae Lee before teaming with Young Thug to release a joint mixtape called "Super Slimey" on October 20. Featuring appearances from Offset, the 13-track set debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200 in addition to receiving generally positive reviews from critics.
In November, he united with Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift for a single off the songstress' "Reputation" album, "End Game". The song peaked at No. 18 on Billboard's Hot 100, marking his eighth top 20 hit. It was additionally nominated for Choice Music Collaboration at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, though it lost to "Rewrite the Stars" by Zac Efron and Zendaya Coleman.
For his first projects in 2018, he contributed to a pair of soundtracks. He teamed up with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and James Blake for "Black Panther" soundtrack "King's Dead". After that, he unveiled a single for "Superfly" called "No Shame" as well as curated the soundtrack album. Additionally, he served as the co-producer of the movie.
Future also released a couple of mixtapes that year. The first one, "Beast Mode 2", was released on July 6 via Freebandz and Epic Records. The continuation of "Beast Mode" debuted at No. 3 on Billboard 200, marking his ninth top ten album on the chart. The second one, "WRLD on Drugs", was a joint effort with Juice WRLD. Released on October 19, the set arrived at No. 2 on Billboard 200.
Future is preparing to co-headline a tour with Nicki Minaj. The European leg of the tour will kick off on February 21, 2019 in Munich, Germany and conclude on March 28 in Geneva, Switzerland. He won't be joining the North American leg of the trek due to scheduling conflict.