2013 has been a busy year for Future, the Atlanta rapper and singer. These days the man otherwise known as Nayvadius Cash is gearing up for the first-quarter release of his sophomore album, Honest, led by the instant-hashtag title track, the street single "Sh!t," and now "Real and True," a ballad featuring Mr Hudson and Miley Cyrus that sounds more like Coldplay than any of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin's actual appearances on rap songs. Along with Miguel, he's also currently opening for Drake on the Toronto MC's American tour, an arrangement only briefly derailed after Future told Billboard.com that Drizzy's new album "doesn't grab you."
When we speak to him over the phone, the tour has a few off days between stops in Houston and Phoenix, so Future has taken the opportunity to jet back to Atlanta to spend time with his young son, who can be heard wailing in the background as we discuss going pop, the direction of his new album, and his infatuation with space. He's one.
Would you agree that "Real and True" is the most pop song so far that you've done as a solo artist, or do you not see it that way? Yeah, it's the most pop song I've done now.
Did you sit down with Mike Will and discuss the idea of doing a song that pop? If anything, I can identify with that song and relate to it when I heard the hook first. Everybody can relate to being real or true. Somehow, someway, you want to be real and true. Even being in a relationship, or being out of a relationship, going through tough times with someone you're in a relationship with all those things. To make it great for the fans and show growth.
How do you think the upcoming album will be influenced by your personal life, like you getting engaged? Where I've been, where I'm going.
In terms of a song like "Real and True," do you worry about how your core fanbase is going to take a song like that? You can understand I'm staying true to who I am, even with it being a pop record.
What are you trying to do differently with this record, in terms of sound? This record in particular, I just want the people to feel more connected with me, and personally I want them to feel like they understand me. Just understand that the type of music that I make is something special.
Are there any records on the album that you think people won't expect? I believe this entire album is going to catch people off guard. To keep the level of creativity always turned up to the max.
Have you reached out to producers or collaborators outside of the people you normally work with? With me being 75 percent done with the album, still not being finished, I'm still working. Mike Will is most definitely all over this album. We just want to make a great album.
With both "Real and True" and "Honest," you're doing more singing than rapping. I just like being versatile, giving new styles and being creative.
The video for "Real and True" features you and Miley Cyrus in a spaceship. I love tracks that are different, that don't sound like anything that's out.
When you make a song, do you have a good feel for what's going to become a hit or a concept people will grasp onto? Right now, I'm working on my album, so I'm not doing hooks as much. I have enough material to be able to work on other projects as well as my projects.
Do you record while on tour? If I get a chance, like a day off today I'm off, so I'm in Atlanta with Mike Will, we're recording. When I get off the stage, I go on a bus and I record.
When someone listens to the album for the first time and finishes it, what do you want them to think? Daddy Day Care today, man.
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