Future has only been on tour for a week, but it’s already taking a toll on him. “It’s really ripping my voice apart,” he croaks through the phone while en route from Detroit to a show in Rochester, New York.
Future’s hoarse pipes are not the only concern on his mind. The 30-year-old Atlanta rapper says being on tour is also doing a number on his heart.
“Yeah, I want to be home with my son,” he says of the boy that his famous fiancée Ciara gave birth to less than two weeks ago, “but this is just something I have to do at this time.”
“I want to connect with the fans,” he says of the 45-date nationwide tour will keep him away from home until mid-July. He’s touring in support of “Honest,” his sophomore LP, which arrived in March via Epic Records. Powered by the hypnotic posse cut “Move That Dope” and “I Won,” which features Kanye West, “Honest” is Future’s most well-rounded body of work to date. Its songs transition seamlessly between curb stomping street anthems and earnest moments of reflection, all through Future’s signature autotune-filtered vocals.
This isn’t necessarily new territory for Future, who took a similar approach on his 2012 debut “Pluto,” but now he seems to have mastered the formula. And he’s not shy about his achievements.
“I knew I could make hit records, but I wanted to make sure I had a complete album,” he says, “And sequencing the album was a really big part of that. ‘Honest’ is a timeless album. People are going to look back like ‘Man, he had so many classics on there.”
Future says fans will witness the full range of his talents when he takes the stage, performing his classic mixtape cuts in addition to songs off the new album. He got a taste of life on the road, warming up crowds on last year’s Would You Like a Tour? tour with Drake, who also guests on “Honest.”
“I know every market now, and I know what each one wants to hear,” says Future. “It’s going to be a party more than a concert, and I’m just going to hit them with jam after jam. Smash after smash.”
He never said he was humble. He just said he was honest.
“Honest” features bold-faced guest spots from the likes of Andre 3000, Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Wayne, but one of the clear highlights is the Metro Boomin-produced “I Won,” where Future and Kanye West trade verses about their celebrity brides to be, Ciara and Kim Kardashian. Future and Ciara were unable to attend the high-profile nuptials of Kimye in Florence earlier this month, though he says they’ll certainly get the invite to him and C’s upcoming wedding. “Of course they will,” he laughs. “They invited us, but I was on tour and with the baby. We just couldn’t make it. But congrats to Kanye, man.”