Future Sells Publishing Catalog To Influence Media Partners For Millions, Rapper Says ‘Unsuccessful People Have No Clue How Success Works,’ While Seemingly Addressing Business Deal
Grammy-winning rapper Future has sold a portion of his music catalog that includes his most memorable chart-topping hits!
According to reports, music and rights company Influence Media Partners acquired Future’s publishing catalog from 2004 to 2020. The rap star’s work from those years reportedly spans 612 tracks, including titles with frequent collaborator Drake such as “Life Is Good” and “Jumpman,” as well as work he’s done with other artists like Kendrick Lamar (“King’s Dead”), Rihanna (“Selfish”), and The Weeknd (“Low Life”). The deal also includes Future’s own solo hits like “Mask Off.”
Reportedly, a source close to the purchase didn’t disclose the actual sum involved but said the deal was in the “high eight figures” (between $10 million and $99 million). Rene McLean, Influence Media partner, and founding advisor, said,
“Future is a cultural icon. He continues to be a blueprint for impact and success in the music industry and has reinvented music in ways that no one has ever expected. It is rare to find someone who moves music and culture at the same speed with his distinct vocal and melodic style. His prolific career and continued popularity more than 15 years into the game is a testament to his undeniable influence on the contemporary music and culture landscape. We’re honored to be partnered with him.”
The Atlanta rapper, singer, and producer added,
“I put everything into my music, and I wanted to make sure these were in good hands as I thought about the next chapter of these songs. I’m proud to partner up with Rene and the team at Influence Media and send a signal that this music has timeless value. My music is my art, and these songs represent some of the most precious artwork of my career.”
Future has yet to speak directly on his latest music move, but he did take to Twitter to seemingly address people who had negative things to say about the business deal. He tweeted,
“Unsuccessful people have no clue how success works”
Future, 38, continued to reach new heights in the first 16 years of his career. As previously reported, the artist officially became the 2010s rapper with the most platinum albums.
Future, born Nayvadius Wilburn, surpassed his collaborator Drake, 35, by earning 55 new certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Amongst his new certifications, Future received platinum plaques for his 2017 album “HNDRXX” and 2018 “Wrld On Drugs” collaboration with the late Juice WRLD on July 27.
With the addition of his new plaques, Future now has a total of eight albums to go platinum or higher, surpassing Drake’s seven. Reportedly, all nine of the Atlanta native’s studio albums have reached at least gold status.
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