DETAILS: Before you changed the title to Honest, you were going to call your new album Future Hendrix. Explain.
Future: I identified with him because he wasn't immediately accepted. At first, Hendrix went and became a superstar in London, but if he walked past the Apollo in Harlem, no one would know who he was. I'm the hip-hop version of him.
DETAILS: You worked with Miley Cyrus on her
latest album, Bangerz, and she's featured on your single "Real & True." Were you bothered by the twerking
Future: I don't read blogs. I'm living the life they're writing about. So why read about it? Whatever they say about her, she's a friend of mine. We kick it. That's my homie.
DETAILS: You sing the hook on Ace Hood's "Bugatti," one of the year's biggest rap singles. Have you ever "woke up in a new Bugatti"?
Future: I haven't. But I've had the feeling of knowing you've made it—like you're suddenly waking up in a brand-new car. The weirdest place I ever actually woke up in was a villa on the beach in Mexico. It was burning hot, and there were all these crabs walking around me. But I was feeling good, so I went with the vibe.
DETAILS: You're dating Ciara, and you cowrote her hit single "Body Party." How did you meet?
Future: The angels brought us together.
DETAILS: How did you know you wanted to be with her?
Future: When I first met her, I didn't want to have sex with her. That was weird for me. I thought that when I met her, I'd immediately look at her and want to. I'm a man, and that's in a man's nature. But we bonded in a different way. Our conversations were nonstop.
DETAILS: Drake was featured on the single "Tony Montana" on your debut album, Pluto, last year. This year, you're touring with him. How did you become collaborators?
Future: Him jumping on "Tony Montana," it was my intro into the music business. He saw the potential in me before I was sure I could do it myself—he was one of the first to catch on. He'd heard my mixtapes and just reached out. He said he loved certain tracks and then started naming my songs and reciting verses. I was like, "Dude's a real dude."
DETAILS: Critics say the way you thread emotional vulnerability into your songwriting is the secret to your success. Do you agree?
Future: That's what I try to do. But I don't want anyone really knowing too much about my personal life. I just want them to know that I can make hits, because in the music industry, it's all about perception. And the only perception I want is that I make No. 1 records. Period.