Future finds melodic songs ‘easier’ to make than rap records

Future has revealed that it has become far less difficult to make a melodic Hip Hop song than a rap-heavy record in the studio these days.

In a recent interview with Billboard MagazineThe Atlanta rapper cut short his two-year experience making his latest album, I NEVER LIKED YOUthat notes how he has prepared for the next decade while recording and perfecting a high volume of music across different styles.

“Those two years I did a lot,” Future said. “I moved around and traveled. [The album process] probably started over four times — things happened like I changed the title, I changed the direction of the album, or certain things happened in my life.”

He continued: “That’s why I never thought about it [the gap] like two years. I still hadn’t I NEVER LIKED YOU title. I still didn’t have certain songs that were on it [album]. It geared me to be able to go 10 more years where I don’t have to go [time] of.

“Because during the [the making of I NEVER LIKED YOU], I was still recording a lot of music, a different kind of music. I was trying to find my jump, trying to find different tunes, different [everything]. I changed the title so many times over the years that the music always changed.”

One of the biggest revelations Future explains is rooted in how he discovered creating melodic masterpieces like his No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 smash hit “Wait For You” with Drake and Tems have become second nature, while making trap music has become more complex.

“Songs like ‘Wait for U,’ I do them in my sleep,” he said in part. But I had to make a certain kind of music to fit with my career and everything that was going on at the time. I took advantage of different moments and created based on what was going on at the time in the world and my personal life. I took the energy from that and made music. But the melodic songs, I make them easy—easier than I can make a rap song, I feel.”

At the publication of I NEVER LIKED YOU back in April, Future became the fifth artist ever to debut at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100, as his ninth studio album, topped the chart with the best-selling solo opening week of his career by moving 222,000 equivalent album units.

In addition to “Waiting for You” reaching No. 1 on the Hot 100, the enchanting hit remained in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 for nearly six months, and all 16 songs from the album also saw appearances on the chart.

Now, in the 10th year of his career, which began with his 2012 studio album pluto, Future’s music is enjoying new heights, which confirms the weight of his success and longevity. Earlier this week Future earned seven nominations at the upcoming 2023 Grammy Awards.

Among the nominations, he is up for Best Rap Album and two Best Rap Song nods for “Wait for U” and his collaboration with Gunna and Young Thug for their anthem “Pushin’ P,” which was also nominated for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance.

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Future also now has eight No. 1 albums and a record 153 Hot 100 chart hits — a feat he admits is fascinating, even if the expectations he has for the next era of his career are far higher.

“It’s like I became a different person,” Future noted later in his speech Billboard interview. “I don’t even think about it anymore. That’s who I am. It’s all just part of the story. It’s all part of just being that artist. I can’t think about the number because I’m still doing it best. I think , I must pass [my Hot 100 stat] faster than I did 155, [or] whatever it is.”

“I think I can reach that number [in] fewer years. If it took me six years to do it, I can do it in two years now just because of the time [and] the currents on songs.”

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