Future made his grand debut at this year’s annual Coachella music festival in Indio, CA. With 2 number 1 albums under his belt in 2017, the Atlanta rapper is making strides to becoming the poster boy for all trap stars looking to turn their street stories into pop star money.
“Headlining stadiums, getting a couple million for a show,” he told VIBE with a smile back in March about some of his career goals. In just a month’s time, it looks like Future Hendrixx will be looking for greater aspirations after word about his 2017 Coachella show makes its way to concert bookers worldwide.
On Saturday night (Apr 15), the chart-topping rapper turned the massive mainstage into his own digital circus. Two jumbotrons flashed complete with distorted images of the Billboard cover star and special effects you might see in the Matrix. But flashing lights and all, it was strictly about Future when DJ Esco dropped “Rent Money” from his self titled album. The clarity in the ATL don’s voice echoed beautifully across the crowd of over 50,00 attendees as Hendrixx went into a meticulously orchestrated barrage of club-hits-turned-festival-bangers.
Songs like “Bugatti,” “Sh*t,” Mask Off,” and “Stick Talk,” made the ground feel like a Cali earthquake had struck. These songs truly have taken the global rapper from mixtapes to the biggest stages in music. Over the last two years, Drake and The Weekend used the same stage to get their point across—let that sink in for a minute. The man who once rapped about preferring a gallon of lean over an invite to the Met Gala is now a main attraction at Coachella.
Future didn’t come alone either, he started with Ty Dolla $ign by his side for “Blase,” and he also caused a volcanic eruption of joy from the crowd with cameos from Drake and Migos. The pandemonium started when the 6 God joined Hendrixx for “Jumpman,” and then turned the show into a brief karaoke session with what seemed like the entire audience singing along to “No Love.” Quavo, Offset and Takeoff’s stagecrash was equally as explosive as “Bad & Boujee” sent every frat boy and Valley girl in sight into awkward twerk-at-thons. A sight not for the faint-hearted.
With a hoard of doubters still questioning the Freebandz leader’s star power, his Coachella debut should shut all of that jive down. You can question the content of his lyrics, but to say Future isn’t one of the hottest artists in rap right now would be a damn lie. He now has the numbers, pop culture influence and complete support of White America to take him from Master P richness to Diddy wealth.