For much his career, Future has delivered a January project to his fans to kick off the new year. This year, January came and went with no announcement from the Atlanta rapper, but, earlier this week, Future took to Twitter to notify fans that a new, self-titled album would arrive on February 17.
In a new, in-depth interview with Zane Lowe, broadcast on Beats 1 on Thursday, Future detailed his mind state heading into this upcoming release, explained his long absence from social media, and discussed his desire to prove that he can be "bigger" than his past relationships.
"It was probably the best thing I’d ever done," Future told Zane Lowe about his recent absence from social media. "I’m just not giving it attention. I want to give the music attention and be in the studio. I want to give all my attention to my music, my kids, my family so I just wanna focus on certain things besides social media."
Future has carefully developed a host of alter egos over the course of his career, and he revealed that his FUTURE album marked the return of Future Hendrix: "Now is the time, two to three years they weren't ready, they wanted Future, they wanted “Real Sisters” they wanted me to be the ratchet-est and say the most disrespectful sh*t. And I understand that’s what music is, it makes you feel different kinds of ways."
Regarding his highly publicized relationship, and break-up, with Ciara, Future explained that he's driven to prove something to listeners who may have wondered, "'can he bounce back from his relationship when his relationship was the focal point of his career.'"
At the end of the interview, the Atlanta rapper said that his moves in 2017 will be totally determined by the fans, and promised that, if the fans wanted another new release right away, he'd be prepared to deliver.
In addition to the album, the interview comes with the announcement that Future and DJ Esco are launching their #FreebandzRadio radio show on Beats 1. Listen to Future's full interview with Zane Lowe below.