Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (born November 20, 1983), known professionally as Future is an American hip hop recording artist. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the Dungeon Family, where he received the nickname “the Future.” After amassing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major-label deal with Epic Records and A1 Recordings, which helped launch Future’s own label imprint, Freebandz. He subsequently began working on his debut album Pluto, and in April 2012 released the album to positive reviews. The album spawned five singles, all of which charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
On September 20, 2015, Future released a collaborative mixtape with Canadian rapper Drake, titled What a Time to Be Alive. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, Billboard R&B Charts, and Billboard Hot Rap Songs, marking the first time a rapper was able to score two number one albums in a year, in 11 years, since Jay Z back in 2004. The mixtape has sold over 334,000 copies in the U.S. On January 17, 2016, Future released another mixtape, titled Purple Reign, with executive production from Metro Boomin and DJ Esco, as well as beat credits from Southside, Zaytoven and more. On February 5, 2016, Future premiered his fourth studio album, EVOL, on DJ Khaled’s debut episode of the Beats 1 radio show We The Best.