Influence Media Partners acquired the publishing catalog of the Grammy-winning Future from 2004 to 2020, the company announced. The prolific rapper’s work from those years spans 612 titles, including titles with frequent collaborator Drake (“Life Is Good,” “Jumpman”), Kendrick Lamar (“King’s Dead”), Rihanna (“Selfish”) and The Weeknd ( “Low Life”) and his own solo hits like “Mask Off”.
A source close to the situation tells Variety the deal was in the “high eight figures.”
Rene McLean, partner at Influence Media and founding advisor, said: “The future is a cultural icon. He continues to be a model of impact and success in the music industry and has reinvented music in ways no one expected. It is rare to find someone who moves music and culture at the same speed with his strong vocal and melodic style. His prolific career and continued popularity for over 15 years in the game is a testament to his undeniable influence on the contemporary music and culture landscape. We are honored to partner with him.”
Future added: “I put everything into my music and wanted to make sure it was in good hands as I thought about the next chapter of these songs. I am proud to partner 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 treasured works of art in my career.”
“We consider Future an artist of all time. He resonates across a demographic spectrum. We are very excited about this partnership, it is a fitting addition to our growing pool of top-tier talent and furthers our forward-thinking mission. During my tenure at Epic Records, I was able to work with and support Future throughout his pivotal career. Now at Influence, it feels like destiny to be able to collaborate with him again along with my dynamic partners to protect his legacy and his works,” said Lynn Hazan, Co-Managing Partner of Influence Media.
Future has amassed a prolific discography in the first 16 years of his career: eight studio albums, four collaborative albums, one reissue album, one soundtrack, 16 mixtapes, four commercial mixtapes, and 114 singles (69 as featured artist). Six of Future’s eight studio albums have reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 200.
This acquisition comes on the heels of Influence’s recently announced $750 million funding platform to invest in high-value compositions by various artists backed by BlackRock, Inc. and Warner Music Group. Through this fund, the company has invested in more than 20 catalogs of artists such as Puerto Rican composer and producer Tainy, singer-songwriter Julia Michaels, composer Ali Tamposi, successful team The Stereotypes, singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez and singer-songwriter Skyler Stonestreet. . .
Future was represented by Jeffrey Smith and Robert Finan of Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Influence Media Partners were represented by Lisa Alter, Katie Baron and Jaclyn Felber of Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP.