(GEM RADIO)- Future issued a response to backlash after he sold off his published catalog for an eight figure sum of money. In his statement he said he is proud to work with his partner and giving them his precious art work.
According to reports that surfaced on Tuesday, September 20, King Pluto had sold a significant portion of his publishing catalog from 2004 to 2020, which included over 612 songs and hit singles like “Life Is Good” and “Jumpman” with Drake, “King’s Dead” with Kendrick Lamar, “Selfish” with Rihanna, “Low Life” with The Weekend, and “Mask Off.”
“I Am Proud” Says Future
Future said he was pleased to be giving Influence Media Partners some of his “most precious artwork” as part of the agreement.
“I put everything into my music, and I wanted to make sure these were in good hands as I thought about the next chapter of these songs,” Future said in a statement. “I’m proud to partner up with Rene and the team at Influence Media and send a signal that this music has timeless value. My music is my art, and these songs represent some of the most precious artwork of my career.”
The agreement drew criticism for Future for selling out from the rapper’s fan base, though. “You should never sell a house you inherent unless you genuinely can’t keep up with the payments. You NEED to be a homeowner to retire or you gonna work forever,” one person wrote on Twitter. “Selling your publishing is shooting yourself in the foot. They gonna make 300 percent returns on future.”
Rene McLean’s Statement
Influence Media partner and founding advisor Rene McLean stated that they were “honored” to partner with Future in her own statement. She wrote “Future is a cultural icon. He continues to be a blueprint for impact and success in the music industry and has reinvented music in ways that no one has ever expected.”
She went on to say, “It is rare to find someone who moves music and culture at the same speed with his distinct vocal and melodic style. His prolific career and continued popularity more than 15 years into the game is a testament to his undeniable influence on the contemporary music and culture landscape. We’re honored to be partnered with him.”
Rolling Loud Festival
This weekend’s Rolling Loud New York festival will feature Future as the headlining act, joining A$AP Rocky and Nicki Minaj. The three-day music festival will take place at Citi Field in Queens from September 23–25.