In today’s hip-hop scene, there’s the big name musicians such as Kanye West, Drake, and Future, all killing it at the mainstream level. These artist’s make great music, but many musicians on the come up are trying to take their spot with their own unique style. When it comes to musicians on the come up, Futuristic is the first musician that comes to my mind. Futuristic is different from the rest because he always has a new way of tackling the industry. The first thing you may think of when you hear Futuristic are his famous nerd rap YouTube videos. Although the videos may seem goofy, Futuristic is still spitting ferocious raps. With multiple flows, punchlines, and killer production, Futuristic is a rapper that’s creating a lane for a long lasting career in music.
I got to meet Futuristic in Nashville during a stop on Mike Stud’s Back2You Tour. Backstage, we touched on everything from wild moments on tour to his plans for 2016. We also got the chance to watch one of his crazy shows and we highly recommend seeing him live! Check out the full interview below.
Introduce yourself. (How long have you been making music, how old are you, where are you from)?
“My name is Futuristic. I’ve been rapping since I was six. My whole family is in music, so I rapped with my older brothers. That started in kindergarten to first grade. Then I’ve moved from Bloomington, Illinois, to Arizona sophomore year of high school, and now I live in LA.”
What was life like for you in Danville, Illinois? What were you doing then?
“Oh man [laughter]. Yeah I lived in Danville for two years. I lowkey always leave that out. I hated it so much. My parents split up and my mom went back to college. We went from a super player house to a super shitty one. It was terrible, a bad two years.”
Congrats on your music video to ‘The Greatest’ reaching 11 million views. We’ve seen these videos before over on BigDawsTV’s channel. Tell us a bit how these videos came about.
“Yeah I saw BigDaws do the prank call “Eating Junk Food At The Gym”, and realized he was at the same gym I go to. I reached out to him and we met up. He already did a nerd prank freestyle, so we tried that out. Later on I got the idea of doing it as a music video for “The Greatest”. We each dropped the video on the same day as a cross-promotion.”
What has been the biggest influence on your style?
“Influence? Life has been my biggest influence. Everything I write about is shit I’ve gone through or seen. Stylistically, I listened to a lot of Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Eminem, and other animated rappers. I don’t like monotone shit. I always listened to people that had creative videos and deliveries. I also listened to Will Smith.” [Laughter]
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I enjoyed your first episode of Sheesh TV. What’s been the craziest moment for you while you’ve been on tour?
“Craziest moment was [Laughter] probably when this guy [Nods at friend] came out the bathroom all sweaty yesterday. He got some booty in the bathroom. He’s the merch guy. He raps too, but he was selling merch and just went missing. Then I see this girl walk by and her hair is everywhere. Then I see Marcus walking out the bathroom looking insanely sweaty. [Laughter] There are moments like that and then there are crazy crowd moments. We did the crowd dunk last night which was also pretty crazy. Some girl tried to catch me and I nearly tackled her, but I caught her just before she fell.”
What’s one of the most important things you have learned as an artist on the come up?
“I think just being yourself and not worrying about other people. A couple years back I was super concerned with what others were doing. I didn’t understand how others were above me, but after I stopped worrying and became myself, I think that’s when things took off.”
“Man there’s a lot of stuff. There are a lot of labels interested, and I have a great concept for the next album that I’ve been plotting for a minute now. Just a lot more music and touring. I’ll probably be going to Europe and doing some overseas stuff. This year times ten.”
Follow Futuristic and be sure to grab tickets to an upcoming show on the Back2You Tour here!
Article and interview by Gabriel Nwokedi