For as much as we hear Future on the radio, the Atlanta hit-maker is surprisingly quiet in interviews, most times choosing to shy away from the details in his personal life. But in his new The Source cover story, the Astronaut Kid opens up like never before, letting readers into his musical process as well as his relationship with girlfriend Ciara and her beef with Rihanna.
"Sometimes it's hard to open up about your personal life, your relationship because you always want the music to be in the forefront. You want the music to be the biggest carrier of everything that you represent," Future told MTV News of his interview in the July 2013 issue.
The cover, which MTV News is exclusively premiering was shot by Zach Wolfe and features a hooded-Future up close and personal against a spacey, purple back drop. On the inside the Astronaut Kid details his rise to stardom with writer Shaheem Reid. He talks about learning the rap ropes from his cousin, OutKast producer Rico Wade, his current string of hit records with Ace Hood and Lil Wayne and his upcoming singles with Jennifer Lopez and Miley Cyrus.
He also dishes on his "awesome relationship" with Ciara and wonders how her feud with Rihanna affected their "Loveeeeeee Song" collaboration. Future felt the song should've been a single. "We never shot a video, we never performed it. I don't know whether it was because of that situation or if just the time hasn't come up," he says in the issue, which hits stands on June 18.
It was a rare moment for Future, who rarely indulges in tabloid matters. He creates his relationship with the writer. "We just talked and talked and talked until certain things just came out and it felt natural, like I'm just having a natural conversation with him," he said. "It didn't seem like an interview."