Few modern rappers are more polarizing than Future. To some, he is a signpost of hip-hop’s increasing reliance on drugs, misogyny, and violence. To others, he is a one-man hit machine, turning every song he hops on into a maddeningly catchy street anthem. Wherever a new single is released, odds are high that Future either supplied a verse or a mumbled, Auto-Tune laced hook that’ll make you want to sing along even though you can’t make out the words.
With this high demand, and the fact that Future has been recording music since 2010, many have wondered just how much the “March Madness” rapper has in the bank. According to Bankrate, Future has an estimated net worth of $8 million. What does he spend it on? How much does he make per song?
Read on to find out.
1. His Ex-Fiancé Has a Net Worth of $20 Million
Future’s relationship with R&B singer Ciara was marked by extremes. The couple got together in 2013, and within months, there was news of matching tattoos, an engagement, and a baby. Then, almost as quickly as it had started, rumors of Future’s cheating ended things in the summer of 2014. The aftermath was an ugly affair, as Ciara sued her former hubby for making defamatory statements about her career and her ability to parent their son, Zahir Wilburn, Jr.
Ciara’s net worth is $20 million, more than twice that of Future, and her lawsuit for $15 million was ultimately dropped the following year. While the “Where Ya At” rapper was fortunate in this out-of-court decision, he still caught flack for his alleged lack of payment in child support. He claims that he gives Ciara $15,000 for their son, but many, including a a source closer to the “Goodies” singer, have said that this is not the case.
Future is also obligated to pay child support for his three other children, each born by different women. According to VH1, these child support fees tally up to an estimated $23,000.
2. He Owns An Estimated $700,000 In Jewelry
Even in a culture dominated by flashy jewelry and chains, Future is in a league of his own. The rapper has become famous for his ice collection, which includes diamond encrusted bracelets, white gold rings, and custom pendants that sport the moniker of his merchandising brand: Freebandz. When Future proposed to Ciara in 2013, he did so with a 15-carat diamond ring that cost $500,000 (it was later returned). In total, VH1 estimates this sprawling collection to be worth somewhere in the ballpark of $700,000 dollars, which doesn’t even include Future’s assortment of watches. He and Drake rap about having crazy jewelry on the 2015 track “Diamonds Dancing,” and based on these numbers, the claim seems irrefutable.
The rappers were reportedly robbed while on tour in 2016, with claims of $2-3 million in jewelry stolen between the two of them. Drake didn’t take kindly to the news, as can be seen in the video below, but Future handled it with a level head, taking to Instagram to post a picture of himself sitting on his private plane clasping his hands in prayer (the post has since been deleted). With a collection this extensive, its any wonder he took things in stride.
3. He Has 13 Gold Records
Being that Future is first and foremost a rapper, the majority of his earnings come from music. To date, he’s released five major label albums, 12 mixtapes, and a single EP. These projects have done extremely well for the Atlanta native, as Dirty Sprite 2 (2015), What A Time To Be Alive (2015), and EVOL (2016) all topped the Billboard 200 charts within seven months. Still, the big breadwinner in Future’s discography, moreso than his albums, has been his hit singles.
He’s whittled the popular song down to a succinct formula, and the results, be it “Move That Dope,” “Low Life,” or “Used To This,” has allowed him to rack up 13 gold records (500,000+ units) over the last six years. Future has also run into a few platinum singles along the way, which includes “Turn Off The Lights,” “F*ck Up Some Commas,” “Stick Talk,” and the quadruple platinum smash “Jumpman” featuring Drake.
Future has been signed to Epic Records since 2012, and his latest project, FUTURE, is now available to stream below.
4. He Charges $40,000 Per Feature
For any rappers wanting a Future verse on their record, the going rate is $40,000. And while that may seem like an outrageous amount, there’s no denying the impact his features have had on radio play. Since 2013, Future has collaborated with a lineup of hip-hop’s best: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, and many (many) more. Each time out, he provides the perfect burst of cadence, energy, and lack of content to make car speakers rattle and hum across the globe. Out of the singles that Future has been credited as a feature artist, nine have been top ten hits on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, including “Racks,” “Love Me,” and “U.O.E.N.O.”
Assuming that he was paid $40,000 for most of his 41 features, Future has made an estimated $1.6 million off of other people’s music. It’s obvious, from both his reputation and his revolving door of income, that the rapper benefits from his obsessive worth ethic. “I’m always listening for melodies,” he told The Guardian in 2014, “I want to show my versatility and how diverse I am, how I approach the tracks, my rhythm. It’s something different.”
5. He Went On The Highest Grossing Hip-Hop Tour Ever
Future and Drake have had a long, often times passive-aggressive relationship. But it looks as though the duo has worked out their differences in the last few years and benefited greatly from it, from their joint mixtape What A Time To Be Alive to the accompanying Summer Sixteen tour. Delivering what were said to be a fun, energetic show packed with hits, Future and Drake took in a whopping $84.3 million over 56 dates– thereby setting a new record for the highest grossing hip-hop tour of all time. Not only did the rappers trample the previous record of $75.3 million, held by Jay-Z and Kanye West for their Watch The Throne tour, but they did it in seven less days.
According to Pollstar, Future and Drake performed for an average crowd size of 20,000, a cumulative total of 752,141 tickets, and what was surely a sizable profit. In 2015, Uproxx reported that Future made around $150,000 for a 45-minute set per show, so one can imagine what Summer Sixteen did for his overall net worth.
Drake took to Instagram to celebrate the news, posting a photo from the tour with the caption: “WORLD FAMOUS.”