For Atlanta rapper Future his name is pretty self-explanatory. The "Tony Montana" MC is the latest to join MTV JAMS' Fab 5 fold. Last week G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean kicked off this years festivities and now Future is taking the baton.
"Future is a painter, very creative, very original. I'm a trendsetter. The Future is now," the rapper said. Growing up in Atlanta's Zone 6 section, Future had to look no further than his own family for musical inspiration. As the younger cousin of Organized Noize (Outkast, Goodie Mob) producer Rico Wade, Future soaked up tons of game.
Conceived in 2005 on MTV Jams, the Fab 5 is a collection of the year's most outstanding new hip-hop artists who have made a visual impact on the road to releasing their debut albums. Fab 5 alumni include Juelz Santana, Tony Yayo, Paul Wall, Young Jeezy, Kid Cudi, Drake and 2011's first inductee, Big Sean. This year, MTV Jams, MTV News and Sucker Free will bring you 2011's hottest new hip-hop upstarts, and they get no hotter than Future!
"I got the nickname Future from the Dungeon Family," he said of the collective that is made up of Outkast, Goodie Mob, Organized Noize and others. "My dog G-Rock used to always tell me, 'You're the future, you're the future. You're young, man. Keep dreamin' and settin' new goals and achieving new goals and just reach to the top and stay at the top.' "