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In a new interview with Spin, writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd noted that rising rapper turned somewhat singer Future and all his melodic, love-themed songs as of late have made him sort of “like America’s relationship counselor.” It’s a funny if not still accurate comment and during their discussion, Future discussed his writing process.

Where do you come up with your melodies?

I’m inspired by so much. I remember being in elementary school and having these assemblies, and we might have an Indian tribe come in and make the “ah ah ah” sound. Or Africans from the Congo, to rock’n’roll and the drums. I always love the way that sounds, a dude beating on the drums. Somebody outside beating on a bucket in the middle of the street. It’s just reflections, reflecting on memories. Different beats just pop up in my head. I could listen to a beat and it could remind me of an old song, a ’70s song or an old Jodeci song, any song. Cause I listen to so many different artists, you know what I mean? From rock’n’roll to country to rap.

Do you write most of your stuff in the booth?

Yep. I’m trying to find that wavelength, I’m trying to find that melody that plays off in my head. That’s why you got to listen to all types of music, ’cause you never know where it come from. You never know where you might get inspired from.

Also along those lines, you rap, but you’ve been doing more R&B collaborations, and you’ve charted on the R&B charts. How do you think of your music?

I think they watching me now. I wanna make my imprint in the game as far as music — hip-hop, and just music, period. Cause I come from hip-hop, that’s my background, but I’m not gonna let that limit me from where I can go.

What do you think is the future of music?

It’s gonna be more melodic. You’re gonna see it. Everybody’s gonna feel like they wanna sing. A lotta rappers gonna try to hit a note.

You can check the full interview over at SPIN.


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