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Fresh off the release of Future‘s joint single with DJ Khaled and Jay Z, Rolling Stone have published an expansive, in-depth feature on the Dirty Sprite rapper. Speaking to Future while he records, hits the strip club circuit, goes shopping at high-end stores and more, writer/journalist presents to us a more personal side of Future we’re not using to reading about in interviews and seeing in radio interviews. Most notably, Hiatt gets Future to speak on his use of codeine cough syrup, “naked parties” with rotating groups of women, his fallout with Ciara and more. Most notably, the story’s conclusion spotlights a pretty interesting, insightful conversation Future had with a couple of strippers at Magic City. You can read the full piece here, and run through some select quotes below.
On his “lean” use:
“At first, it wasn’t something that I loved,” he says. “It wasn’t till I discovered what I loved about it. Some people take drugs and they don’t understand the high. They take it just to be high.”
As Future tells it, the codeine served a therapeutic purpose: “It started making me more relaxed. Sometimes you experience anxiety, and it did me some good for that. I don’t feel like I ever abused it. I used it for what I felt was needed.”
His worst childhood experience:
“Some people are from rich families,” he says. “I was from a drug family.” He experienced true poverty: In songs I watch him record, he recalls heating his house with a stove and eating uncooked Spaghettios straight from a can.
“The worst thing that happened,” he says without emotion, “was, I was in my grandma’s house, and some robbers came in and kicked in the door.” He was six or seven years old. The assailants tied everyone up during the robbery. “At the time,” Future says, “it wasn’t even traumatic. I come from that kind of family. I had to get over it.”
“Naked parties” in Jamaica:
Future has made an almost taxonomic study of potential romantic partners. Chatting with Mike Will in the studio one day, Future explains the glories of Miami: “It’s plentiful, man,” he says. “It’s everything you want. They breed wifeys down there! That’s where everyone comes to – baseball players, football players. It’s a bidding war down there. In Miami, they all 21, 22. By the time they get to 23, they gone.” When Future gets enthusiastic in conversation, which isn’t often, the music lurking in his drawl comes out. “They raising them. They young. Fresh. Partying till six in the morning. They’re doing that shit every night.”
California women, he says, are more chill. “You spend money just on weed. A chick can come to the house and smoke and be cool. They know how to kick it.”
He has plans for a Jamaican sojourn around June. “I’m going there for two weeks at a big-ass house. That shit is stupid – studio on that motherfucker, pool. I plan this shit out with bitches. You fly some of them in on Sunday, and then another group come in – a rotation. We have to create our vibe and let other people deal with the real world, while we create our world. Get a girl to bring her friend, get another girl to bring her friend, and it’s gonna be a movie. We’re having naked parties, for real. Every moment, I’m making moments.”