Future, de son vrai nom Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, né le 20 novembre 19832, est un rappeur américain. Après la publication de plusieurs mixtapes à succès variable entre 2010 et 2011, Future signe aux labels Epic Records et A1 Recordings dirigé par son ami et rappeur Rocko, qui l'aidera à lancer son propre label, Freebandz. Future publie son premier album Pluto en avril 2012. L'album contient cinq singles, tous classés au Billboard Hot 100. L'album est réédité en novembre sous le titre Pluto 3D.
On “WAIT FOR U,” the lead single for "I NEVER LIKED YOU", Future enlists his frequent collaborator, Drake and Nigerian rising R&B artist, Tems, for a heartfelt track detailing their twisted relationships and drug addictions.
Even though Tems is credited as a feature, her vocals are sampled from her 2020 Neo Soul song, “Higher,” Future later revealed he included her as a feature to give her recognition.
Producer ATL Jacob talked about the song’s recording process during a May 5, 2022 interview with Complex:
"I made the beat for ‘WAIT FOR U’ so long ago. That’s the crazy part. I made it about a year ago. I just knew it was a vibe. I was like, ‘This is hard,’ and I knew I was going to give it to Future. Then he skipped it. But we were talking the other day when we were at Drake’s house, and he said he skipped it because he knew it was one of his favorites. He said he listened to that beat every day for a month straight, without rapping or nothing. He was just listening to the beat like it was a song for a month straight, and he knew what he was going to do to it.
I didn’t even know he [laid the vocals down]. A long time went by like, six or seven months. So I was like, let me try the beat with another artist, since he ain’t like it. Then he called me and said, ‘Hey, don’t ever get this beat out to nobody else. I got a crazy song on it.’"
During the week ending May 4, 2022, “WAIT FOR U” debuted at #1 on the Hot 100. With this track, Drake earned his 10th song to top the chart and his sixth to debut at #1. It is the second #1 song for Future and the first for Tems.
On June 6, 2022, “WAIT FOR U” was certified platinum by the RIAA.