First thing on the phone, Atlanta hip-hop/pop star Future says he heard weed is legal in Washington state, and tells a story he’s told several other writers, about the time he and Snoop Dogg (and 15 other people) smoked two pounds.
If you imbibed like that, you might also forget you’d told the story a bunch of times.
Future opens for Drake on Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome, with the R&B singer Miguel.
Future is all about being spacey. In the video for “Real and True,” a ballad from his upcoming second album, “Honest,” he can even be seen on a spaceship with Miley Cyrus (a new collaborator aiding in his pop crossover) and singer Mr. Hudson. Future’s first album was called “Pluto.” He frequently chooses to treat his recorded voice with a severe application of Auto-Tune software, making himself sound like an android.
His spacey style is also a drug reference, the implication being that he’s so high he’s in space. Known for drinking codeine cough syrup, he says he’s slowed down since syrup-swilling peer Gucci Mane checked into rehab.
But asked if he still sips, he drawls, “I’d be lying if I wasn’t honest.”
Emotional honesty is Future’s main trait as a song maker, his music veering from gangster rapping to sweet/sappy singing on a dime. “Honest” should establish him as a household name, which he is on the verge of becoming, after a string of songwriting hits: YC’s “Racks,” Rihanna’s “Loveeeeeee Song” and Future’s own anthems “Tony Montana” and “Same Damn Time.”
Hits run in Future’s family. His cousin is Rico Wade, of Organized Noize, responsible for hits by Outkast and others. Future says Wade taught him basic song structure.
“Rico encouraged me,” he says. “We hung out every day for like two years, when I was 18 and into my 20s. He’s like a father to me.”
On the phone Future becomes excited when talking about some of the hot Atlanta producers fueling his sci-fi style — Mike Will, Southside, others — but completely shuts down when asked about his competitors Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.
Future’s a good reason to go to the Tacoma Dome, but the concert is also worth attending for Miguel, if just to hear him croon the superb roller-rink slow jam “Adorn You.” And for headliner Drake, too, whose new album “Nothing Was the Same” is excellent, and has a local tie with “Furthest Thing,” a song co-produced by Capitol Hill’s Jake One.
Drake, Miguel, Future
7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $49.75-$99.75 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).