Celebrity Then And Now
Name: Future
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 2012 - Present
Currently Known For: "Hndrxx"
Networth: $8 MillionFamous For: "King's Dead," "Mask Off," "Low Life"
Name Future
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 2012 - Present
Currently Known For "Hndrxx"
Networth $8 Million
Famous For "King's Dead," "Mask Off," "Low Life"

A lot of rappers tend to shorten their real names to a stage name for something more catchy. Very few have shortened their name as much as Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, though, who simply goes by the name Future.

Like many great rappers, Future hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where he was born on November 20, 1983. Growing up, Future came from a rough neighborhood, saying that he “was from a drug family.” He added that “The worst thing that happened was, I was in my grandma’s house and some robbers cam in and kicked in the door. At the time, it wasn’t even traumatic. I come from that kind of family. I had to get over it.”

When he started to take an interest in rapping, Future would go by names such as Future Hendrix, Nayvadius Cash and even Meathead. Thankfully for him, it was the simplest of the names that he chose that would stick with fans, and will likely continue to be his name even when he’s older.

Among those that were also involved in the Atlanta rap scene were The Dungeon Family, and Future’s cousin Rico Wade was a member of the group. Future would join them, earning his stage name in the process as the youngest member. Future would then go solo, where he was signed by A-1 Recordings, which was a small label in Atlanta, but well known on a local level.

In 2010, Future would release his first mixtape called “1000”, and spent the next year releasing another pair of mixtapes that made him a big name in his hometown. With labels often looking to Atlanta for potentially big names in music, Future would land a deal with Epic Records where he released the mixtape “Streetz Calling”. Though Future had a familiar sound thanks to the use of auto-tune that had become popular thanks to rappers like T-Pain, Future had his own unique spin on things that made him stand out from the crowd.

After releasing yet another mixtape, bringing his total to nine, Future finally made his mainstream debut in 2012 with the album “Pluto”. The album would reach the top 10 of the US Billboard 200, and in the top two of both Rap and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album included Future’s first hit song “Magic”, a remix that featured famous rapper T.I..

The success for “Pluto” wouldn’t end there as he had three more songs that would reach the Billboard Hot 100, and he’d continue to pump out mixtapes, albums and singles following the success. So far, Future has reached the top five of the mainstream charts once with the song “Mask Off” from his self-titled album in 2017, and has had other hits get close to the top 10 including “Used to This” and “Jumpman”, both featuring Drake.

Though Future has an expensive taste (which includes some substances that could really get him in trouble), he’s been able to make money hand over fist thanks to his consistent music releases. In 2017 alone, it was estimated that Future was able to pull in $23 million, thanks in large part to fans streaming his music. With a large catalog in such a short amount of time, that was a lot of streams for one musician, and he’s changed the way that rappers are making money now.

As for his personal life, it hasn’t always been very personal, as it’s gotten into the public eye. Prior to really achieving superstardom, Future had children with three different women before he entered into a relationship with singer Ciara. The two would have a child of their own together, and were engaged to be married before she called it off due to infidelity.

There had been a public backlash against Future because of how the relationship ended, and it affected his music career. “I was one step away from being married, and I feel like I failed publicly in relationships,” he said. “Then you want to go back to doing music, to what you know. And if the people didn’t accept you again, the one thing you feel like you can fall back on, it walked away from you. You feel like it’s over.”

Future would get his music career back on track thanks to the mixtape “Monster” that received rave reviews. Since then, Future has been back on track with six more mixtapes and five more studio albums. That was thanks in part to being in the studio taking his mind away from his relationship problems. “I don’t know how to deal with something like that,” he said. “All I know is record, record, record.”

In 2015 alone, Future would release a studio album, “DS2” and three mixtapes. His most recent release was 2018’s “Beast Mode 2” that was whittled down from more than 100 songs to just nine. It figures to be the next in a long line of hit releases from Future, who’s looking forward to his, well, future. “I’m just looking for stability and longevity,” he says. “I’m really doing it for stability for my kids.”