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Future ends his media silence while capping off his crowning year by covering the latest issue of Mass Appeal. In a comprehensive 4,000-word cover story, veteran rap scribe Bonsu Thompson traces Nayvadius Wilburn’s path from street hustler to Dungeon Family apprentice to the hottest rapper in the game, speaking with friends, family and collaborators including Rico Wade, Anthony Saleh and Propane, as well as the man himself.

Head here to read the cover story and check out some of Future’s quotes below. Issue on newsstands soon.

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On his hustling past:

“I wouldn’t want nobody to go through what I went through,” says Future. “’Cause it was hard and you just might not make it. Nobody made it but me. I’m not sitting around like that shit was cool. I thank God every day.”

On his time with the Dungeon Family:

“First time I went to The Dungeon, I just went in there and laid one verse and a hook,” says Future. “I was shy because there was so many people in the studio. And they was like ‘Oh that’s [Rico] cousin. He just tryna get the fame.’ They ain’t really want me there so I just didn’t come back around.”

“I don’t record in the basement no more,” says Future. “Because when I was in The Dungeon it felt like when I was making music at the bottom it never came out. So I like to record at the top now. So now I’ll record in Vegas or places with one level so I don’t have to go down.”

On the aftermath of his breakup with Ciara:

“It really killed me,” says Future.“I’m about to go through this big break up [and people are] saying I can’t come back from this. I knew I had to reconnect with the fans after Honest.”

On his mixtape trilogy:

“[Rico] said, ‘Don’t try to give ’em what you think they want. Just give ’em you and let them accept that,” says Future. “So I just stopped second-guessing, got with Metro Boomin and Southside and built my sound and catalogue. Basically, I just gave the fans what they wanted.”

On fame and success:

“I know it can get ugly,” he says. “This [rap success] is just smoke and mirrors. It’s just a moment. You never want that feeling to go away, but it do,” he says, pausing to take a sip from his cup before expounding on his addiction to fame. “I never knew it would be like this. Even when I started going to my cousin Rico house, I didn’t know it was gonna be like this. You don’t understand it until you’re in it.”

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