Future joins the growing number of musicians who are selling sizeable portions of their publishing catalogs. On Tuesday (9/20) Variety reported that Influence Media Partners acquired Future's publishing catalog from 2004 to 2020 in a deal reported to be in the "high eight figures."
In a statement, Future said, “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.”
Influence founding advisor Rene McLean called Future an icon. "Future is a cultural icon," McLean said. "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.”
“It is rare to find someone who moves music and culture at the same speed with his distinct vocal and melodic style" McLean added. "Future’s 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.”
Hip-Hop artists such as Public Enemy's Chuck D, producer Marley Marl, and producer Irv Gotti have recently sold stakes of their publishing or ownership of their master recordings. Kanye West has reportedly talked of selling his publishing, but those reports are currently unconfirmed.