Epic Records hosted a meet and greet Wednesday (Nov. 2) at Tenth Rail Restaurant & Bar in New York City for newly signed artist Future. Upon arrival, the charismatic 25 year-old Atlanta native performed his recent hit “Tony Montana” and then proceeded to take pictures and sign autographs for the many fans in attendance.
The Website AllHipHop.com spoke to Future briefly and obtained information on the video itself, which was shot on location in the Dominican Republic, and his thoughts on why the single’s guest, Drake, was absent from the “movie” he created.
“The reason he was not in the video is because I made a movie, it wasn’t just a video. He wanted to get in the video, but it takes time, there’s ways you can set up a video. Like shooting a movie you actually have to be there on the scenes, there’s certain looks you can’t fake,” Future told AllHipHop.com. “You can’t get those same faces of the kids across the screen unless you’re filming in Santo Domingo. So sometimes when you’re making a movie, it’s different than making a video. He couldn’t make it cause it was a movie. You have to actually be there on set.”
He went on to praise the video’s director, Jessy Terrero, for his phenomenal work and shared his thoughts on a giving acting a shot.
“Yeah, it’s most definitely something that I want to get into,” he said. “Being in one of those movies, Jessy Terrero doing all the 50 Cent movies says a lot. For saying that he wanted to make a video for the new dude says a lot. He’s a vet in the game; it says a lot.”
Future also said the work ethic of re-emerging Southern artists like Big KRIT and 2 Chainz is stronger than some other artists, because they are “trying new things. Not saying, ‘this is Hip-Hop and we have to stick to this plan.’”
Continuing, he said, “You have to bend the rules, and break the rules a little bit, and make your own. Have to put your own twist to it because it’s you. When you add something to Hip-Hop, you add you and what you have to bring.”