If there’s one thing Future’s focused on, it’s… wait for it… the future.
During a lengthy new interview with Clique TV, the Atlanta MC spoke about everything from growing up in Atlanta to his personal keys to happiness, all while shedding fascinating light on his mindset going into 2016.
Interestingly, Future revealed he dreamt of being a doctor, an engineer or an architect when he was a kid. And while none of those occupations ended up working out, the most important thing, he said, is that he’s found a way to follow his own path.
"You want to create your own path… no matter what situation you're in," he said. "Don't matter if you're rich, poor or whatever, you just want to be able to have your own experiences in life, great experiences. And listen and learn from other people and their mistakes.”
The rapper went on to explain that he grew up in an environment where drug use was prevalent, but he decided early on that he wanted no part of it — because he had other, bigger plans for himself.
“If I let it get the best of me, then maybe I’d still be there,” he said. “I took it as an experience that I grew up around and made sure I was self-driven, self-motivated. I had different dreams than what was in front of me. […] I created my own vibe, my path, my success story.”
Future went on to lament the superficiality of social media, saying it gives people a skewed vision of fame. What he wants people to learn, he said, is that you have to first be comfortable in your own skin and then live life in a way that makes you happy.
“When you start living life the way you want, you’re way more happy, your energy’s way better,” he said. “You wake up feeling great about certain things, certain things that made you mad you don’t even let affect you anymore.”
That zen, self-assured vibe is exactly what makes Future so confident in his artistry and his plans for 2016. He has no interest in copping other artists’ style, he said, because he’s focused on continuing to be 100% original.
“I’m a trailblazer and a trendsetter. I have to set the way,” he explained. “God put me in this position for a reason. And the position I’m in is to not look down on anybody. I just move straight forward. If it’s not in my lane, if you behind me, I’m not gonna look back and try and figure out what you’re doing behind me. I just keep moving forward. I’m not trying to feed off a concept that another artist had, that’s not what I do.
“I know when the wave is going to happen,” he added, teasing his next moves. “You just got to be prepared for it to be happen.”