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Future Doesn’t Want To Be A Role Model

While Future’s accomplishments in music are both laudable and aspirational, the Atlanta superstar is well aware of how his brand is perceived by music listeners. With that in mind, the 38-year-old admits that he does not want to be a role model to young artists coming up.

“That sh*t’s tough, bro. I think I need to be a vessel of what not to do,” the I Never Liked You artist told Billboard‘s Deputy Director of R&B/Hip-Hop in his latest cover story interview.

“In some things, I need to be a lesson on what to do. So, I think you live and learn through me, and if I have to be that sacrifice, I guess so.”

“[I want] for somebody to live better than me. I want another artist to come behind me to do [what I’m doing] even better than I’m doing it. [I would want to] change the bad things they might see in me and make it better for them. That’s what I want more than anything.”

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This mindset checks out when you consider how he’s taken a big brother role to artists such as Doe Boy, Gunna, Real Boston Richey, and more. While it may appear, on the surface, like he is looking to stay relevant by collaborating with popular young acts, his Atlanta DNA has pushed him to contribute to their careers much like the rappers who came before him poured into him. Beyond that, he recognizes that he is a unique case that can’t nor shouldn’t be replicated.

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