Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn (born November 20, 1983), known professionally as Future, is an American hip hop recording artist. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Wilburn first became involved in music as part of the Dungeon Family collective, where he was nicknamed “the Future”. After amassing a series of mixtapes between 2010 and 2011, Future signed a major record label deal with Epic Records and A1 Recordings, which helped launch Future’s own label imprint, Freebandz. He subsequently released his debut album, Pluto, in April 2012 to positive reviews. His second album, Honest, was released in April 2014, where it surpassed his debut on the album charts.
Between 2014 and early 2015, Future released a trio of well-received mixtapes: Monster (2014), Beast Mode (2015), and 56 Nights (2015). He followed later in the year with his third studio album, DS2, and the full-length Drake collaboration, What a Time to Be Alive, both of which debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 20o. Future premiered his fourth solo album, EVOL, in February 2016 which also scored number one on the charts. Future has also released several singles certified gold or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), including “Turn On the Lights”, “Move That Dope”, “Fuck Up Some Commas”, “Where Ya At”, “Jumpman”, and “Low Life”.