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Makonnen Sheran, a.k.a. iLoveMakonnen, didn't dominate the musical conversation in 2014, but he laid the groundwork to do so in 2015. He ultimately signed with Drake's OVO label, which released this EP. Drizzy's remix of the single "Tuesday" made the slinking tune an unlikely club staple, its hook memorable for Makonnen's nonchalant delivery. (Whether singing or rapping, he sounds sedated.) That delivery is Makonnen's not-so-secret weapon, as are his weird, woozy, oftentimes barely there beats. (See "Rumor.") As with his fellow Atlantan Future, very little about Makonnen fits hip-hop's template, which is exactly what should make him a star. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Makonnen Sheran, a.k.a. iLoveMakonnen, didn't dominate the musical conversation in 2014, but he laid the groundwork to do so in 2015. He ultimately signed with Drake's OVO label, which released this EP. Drizzy's remix of the single "Tuesday" made the slinking tune an unlikely club staple, its hook memorable for Makonnen's nonchalant delivery. (Whether singing or rapping, he sounds sedated.) That delivery is Makonnen's not-so-secret weapon, as are his weird, woozy, oftentimes barely there beats. (See "Rumor.") As with his fellow Atlantan Future, very little about Makonnen fits hip-hop's template, which is exactly what should make him a star. 

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About iLoveMakonnen

Makonnen Sheran is a whimsical self-made rapper, singer, and producer who goes by iLoveMakonnen. Born and (initially) raised in Los Angeles, California, he moved outside of Atlanta, Georgia following a custody battle. In Georgia, his mother helped him get into making and producing music. Unfortunate circumstances -- a two-year period in which he was under house arrest following the accidental shooting death of a friend -- made him focus more on music, as well as on blogging and interviewing artists, which enabled him to hone his craft and network. From 2011 through 2013, Makonnen released several albums and EPs, including the first volumes in his Drink More Water series. He gradually built up a reputation for his surreal and seemingly lackadaisical approach to singing and rapping. In 2014, Miley Cyrus boosted his profile by posting an image of the I Love Makonnen EP to Instagram. Later in the year, Drake remixed and inserted himself into Makonnen's "Club Goin' Up on a Tuesday" and released the result on his Warner-supported OVO Sound label. Retitled "Tuesday," the track reached number 12 on the Hot 100 in November. A second EP, I Love Makonnen 2, arrived on OVO in late 2015. A year later, Drink More Water 6 became the first mixtape in the series to be released through a major label. Parting ways with OVO in 2016, he released the single "Side to Side." The next year, he collaborated with HUNTAR on "4AM" and Rae Sremmurd on "Love." ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • BORN
    Apr 12, 1989

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