After a year of dominating clubs, headphones, and mixtapes, Future finally took a national spotlight with his first performance at the VMAs on Sunday when he sang F–k Up Some Commas.”
Originally from the rapper’s 2014 mixtape Monster, the song is one of Future’s biggest club hits, but as the title suggests, it is also littered with profanity. Censors did their best, however, and Future sacrificed a line or two.
Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps introduced Future’s performance and said, “There is no rapper more inspiring right now than Future.” He also specifically called out “Stick Talk” (off Future’s DS2) as a song he listened to while training.
The Atlanta artist, known for his codeine-inflected mix of singing and rapping, is not up for any VMAs this year, but nevertheless maintained a steady presence in pop music this year. In addition to his own projects (the mixtape Purple Reign and the album EVOL), Future has guest-starred on new albums from Drake, Chance the Rapper, and DJ Khaled, among others.