“Choppin Bricks Like Karate”: Future Ashy to Classy Success Story

Everyone knows Future, whether your swaggin at the club to “Karate Chop”, or watching him on the red carpet alongside his gorgeous girlfriend Ciara, Future is well-known and respected in today’s hip hop music scene. But what got him here? Though Future sings of drug-slinging, and narcotics in most of his songs, it’s Future hard work ethic, and dedication to his art that has got him to where he is today. Don’t let the dreds, glitz or glam fool you, this man works extremely hard, is extremely talented, and is fueled by passion and success. Take a look at Future’s Ashy to Classy story and be inspired to follow your dreams too.

Nayvadius Cash, real name Nayvadius D. Wilburn, is better known by his stage name Future, and was born November 20, 1983 in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. Future moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of seven. Future got his stage name after members of the musical collective The Dungeon Family called him “The Future”. His cousin, producer Rico Wade of the Dungeon Family, encouraged him to sharpen his writing skills and pursue a career as a rapper. He soon came under the wing of Atlanta’s own Rocko who signed him to his label A-1 Recordings. Since then his work ethic has driven him to his success.


Future who is signed to Epic Records, A1 Recordings and his own label Freebandz released a series of successful mixtapes between 2010 and 2011. The mixtapes included 1000, Dirty Sprite and True Story. The latter included the single “Tony Montana”, in reference to the Scarface film. During this time, Future also partnered with Gucci Mane on the Free Bricks collaborative album and wrote YC’s single “Racks”.

Future’s mixtape Streetz Calling was described by XXLmagazine as ranging from “simple and soundly executed boasts” to “futuristic drinking and drugging jams” to “tales of the grind.” iRome on an interview with Pitchfork Mediaremarked that on the mixtape, Future comes “as close as anyone to perfecting this thread of ringtone pop, where singing and rapping are practically the same thing, and conversing 100% through Auto-Tune doesn’t mean you still can’t talk about how you used to sell drugs. It would almost feel antiquated if Future weren’t amassing hits, or if he weren’t bringing some subtle new dimensions to the micro-genre.” Future was selected to the annual XXL Freshmen list in early 2012.


Future signed a major label deal and in April 2012 released his debut album Pluto to positive reviews. The album spawned 5 singles, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and was later re-released in November as Pluto 3D. Future is currently working on his sophomore album Honest, which will be released on November 26, 2013, and also performing with his group Freeband Gang, with whom he released 2 mixtapes since the beginning of the year.

In 2012, Future wrote, produced and was featured on “Loveeeeeee Song” taken from Barbadian singer Rihanna‘s seventh studio album Unapologetic.

On January 15, 2013, Future released the compilation mixtape F.B.G.: The Movie which features the artists signed to his Freebandz label: Young Scooter, Slice9, Casino, Mexico Rann and Maceo. It was certified platinum for having over 250,000 downloads on popular mixtape site DatPiff. Future said of his second studio album Future Hendrix, which he decided to change the name to Honest, it will be a more substantive musical affair than his debut album and will feature R&B music along with his usual “street bangers”.

The album will feature Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Kelly Rowland, Jeremih, Andre 3000, Ace Hood, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and many more. Including same productions from Mike WiLL Made It, Sonny Digital, Will-A-Fool, DJ Spinz & more. Also Pharrell Williams will produce a song for the album. The album’s lead single, “Karate Chop” produced by Metro Boomin, features Lil Wayne, and helped set the tone of what to expect from the next album.

Future shows that through obedience, talent, hard work, and perseverance all things are possible. His cousin told him at a young age tha the should rap and he listened. Future also surrounded himself around people who could help further his goals, and help coach him as well. He explored his talents and wasn’t afraid to be different, which is why he’s able to still make auto-tune sound good after T-Pain played it out. He made innovative and unique music that you can’t hear anywhere else. This made the whole industry respect him, which is why he’s able to get so many features from so many artists. Future also is not selfish, he shares his hits with other artists which put more money in his pockets, and makes the whole world listen whenever he puts his name on something. From selling drugs on the streets of ATL, to blowing up the hip hop scene, that is Future’s Ashy to Classy story. #Respect