Things started to go sour on September 30th, when Future visited Billboard magazine’s office to preview songs from his upcoming LP, Honest. A few days later, in an article and on Twitter, Billboard editor Erika Ramirez quoted Future as saying, during the visit: “Drake made an album that is full of hits but it doesn’t grab you. They’re not possessive; they don’t make you feel the way I do.” According to Page Six’s anonymous source, Drake was offended by that statement (which has since been deleted from Billboard’s article) and demanded Future be fired. Though Future later tweeted “disappointed on being misquoted..always love for my fam Drizzy Drake,” he was reportedly let go. Later, managers allegedly negotiated for him to return to the tour. Now, though, Page Six says Future pulled out over the weekend, and that he plans to sue for lost wages—about $1.5 million, for 36 $40,000 gigs. It’s rumored that Jhené Aiko will step in as his replacement.
On the same day he visited Billboard, Future spoke to FADER before a performance, offering a positive view of the tour and Drake’s album, while conceding he hadn’t spent a lot of time listening to it: “The panty-dropping tour, that’s what I call it. It’s gonna be exciting, this is my first time on tour. This is a big tour for me. It’s a beginning to a new beginning. Drake’s a cool guy. I really haven’t gotten a chance to listen to [Nothing Was the Same] all the way through, but so far so good. He’s a great writer.”
Reps for Drake and Miguel, who’ll remain on the tour’s roster, declined to comment. A rep for Future promises a statement from that camp later today.