iLoveMakonnen born Makonnen Sheran is an American rapper , singer and songwriter. The singer rose to fame in 2014, after Canadian rapper Drake released a remix to his song “Tuesday” He has worked with prolific producers such as Mike Will Made It, Metro Booming and Sonny Digital. He released a new song with rapper Gucci Mane on 11th January 2019 titled ‘Spendin’.
iLoveMakonnen Age| Birthday| How Old is iLoveMakonnen?
The singer was born on April 12, 1989 in South Los Angeles, California, and is 30 years old in 2019. He was named after Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, the birth name of Haile Selassie I
Ilovemakonnen Net Worth
The singer’s networth is estimated to be US $2 Million in 2019 with most of his income streaming from the sales of his music and tour performances.
iLoveMakonnen Family| Parents
Makonnen was born to a father who is a first generation immigrant from Belize who worked as an electrician while his mother was a nail instructor who worked in the beauty industry for over 30 years. His parents divorce when he was 13 which prompted him to move to Atlanta in 2000. His grandmother was an opera singer, which influenced his musical career. In an interview, he described himself as an African American with a mixture of Indian, Irish, Belgian, German and Chinese descent.
iLoveMakonnen Early Career| Young
While young, the singer would make music on his computer and upload it to his MySpace Website where he met other budding upcoming musicians such as Adele. Additionally, he had a blog where he would post interviews with musicians such as Soulja Boy and Lil B. The singer would also enroll in cosmetology classes becoming a part of a group called Phantom Posse after an accidental fatal shooting of a highschool friend that led to house arrest.
iLoveMakonnen Don’t Sell Molly No More
In March 2014, Makonnen finally met up with record producer Mike Will Made It at DTP studios, where he got the chance of a lifetime to play some of his songs to him as well as fellow producer Metro Boomin. Metro instantly liked Makonnen’s music, vowing to keep in touch with him where they recorded a total of 6 songs together. Consecutively, the producer introduced him to fellow producers Sonny Digital and 808 Mafia, who were all unusually impressed with him. Two days later, Makonnen was in the studio recorded a song with Sonny Digital titled “Don’t Sell Molly No More” which would catapult his name to fame.
Producer Sonny Digital introduced him to the other Atlanta producers such as DJ Spinz, Dun Deal and St.Louis Producer Cammy Recklezz. He started gaining local fame within the community with songs such as “Living on the Southside”, “Sneaky Lady” and “My New Friend”.Makonnen was then featured on Mike Will’s mixtape, titled Ransom.
iLoveMakonnen | iLoveMakonnen EP
The singer released his self-titled EP iLoveMakonnen In July 2014, which spawned the singles “Tuesday” and “I Don’t Sell Molly No More”. The song ‘I Don’t Sell Molly No More’ rose to prominence when it was shared on Instagram by pop singer Miley Cyrus which got over 210,000 likes from her account, introducing him to Miley’s fanbase. On August 15, 2014, Vice included his song off his self titled EP titled “Whip It” in their Staff Picks for the Week list, commenting: “Makonnen’s voice is incredible! … How could you not have a good time listening to this song? If there is anyone I trust to teach me how to whip it, it is definitely my friend Makonnen.”
In August 2014, The singer was featured in XXL‘s The Come Up section, which focuses on artists who are about to bl0w up.
Is Ilovemakonnen Gay?
On January 20, 2017, Makonnen took to Twitter to come out of the closet and announce that he was gay. He stated:
“Someone said to me next time they see me, they was gonna f— me, I said next time I see me, I’m gonna love me up,” he wrote. “As a fashion icon, I can’t tell u about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it’s time I’ve come out. And since y’all love breaking news, here’s some old news to break, I’m gay. And now I’ve told u about my life,maybe u can go [live] yours.”
iLoveMakonnen & Drake| Tuesday | OVO
After hearing the singer’s song “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday” rapper Drake reached out to one of the song’s producers, Sonny Digital on August 2014, to ask on whether he could do a remix the song. Makonnen quickly agreed to send the beat to Drake and two days later, Drake released a remix to the song, much to Makonnen’s surprise. Makonnen later commented: “Yeah, I was surprised. Shocking. Drake listens to Makonnen. It was great. I was excited. Surprised, shocked. Just overwhelmed.” The remix, simply titled “Tuesday” went viral and helped to put his name on the spotlight.
On September 1, 2014, it was announced that Makonnen had signed to Drake’s label OVO Sound, which is distributed by Warner Bros. Records.
On February 8, 2016 it was announced that Makonnen will be part of the “WANGSQUAD”, an Alexander Wang campaign. Other artists that would feature were Travis Scott and Vic Mensa.
iLoveMakonnen OVO Departure
On April 18, 2016, the singer parted ways with Drake’s label OVO Sound. He had previously stated that the label took to long to release his music with only looking to better themselves without looking at his growth as an artist. He stated that “choice to be solely on Warner Bros. Records was the right thing for me and for my best interest.”Makonnen later implied that he was threatened by Drake and numerous others at OVO Sound.
iLoveMakonnen Lil Peep
In the late summer of 2017, Makonnen collaborated on an album with Lil Peep in London. The album was delayed after Peep’s death and is expected to be released on Makonnen’s label Warner Bros. on a yet to be announced date. On August 17, 2018, Makonnen announced a single he co-wrote titled “Falling Down”, a reworking of “Sunlight On Your Skin” that he recorded with Peep during the sessions in London. The new version features recently deceased rapper XXXTentacion, who recorded his verses following Peep’s death. The single was officially released on September 19, 2018. The original “Sunlight On Your Skin” version was released on September 27, 2018. The release date for the album collaboration has yet to be revealed.
iLoveMakonnen & Fall Out Boys| Ive been waiting
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the singer explained how he and Fallout Boy collaborated on the song Ive been waiting.
“Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy reached out to me sending his condolences,” Makonnen remembers. “He said, ‘if there’s anything you ever need, let me know.’ I was telling him me and Peep were both big fans, and Peep told me Fall Out Boy is one of his musical heroes, and how his style was between iLoveMakonnen and Fall Out Boy, so it would be an honor if they could do one of the records we have for the album. They were very keen on being a part of it.”
Makonnen decided “I’ve Been Waiting” was best suited for a Fall Out Boy contribution. “I felt that this would be one that they could excel on and it would really complement our styles on,” he says.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Fun Summer 17 Vol. 1||
|iLoveMakonnen X Ronny J
(with Ronny J)
|“—” denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|A Trillion Light Years||
|Drink More Water||
|Drink More Water 2||
|Drink More Water 3||
|Drink More Water 4||
|Drink More Water 5||
|Whip It Up
(with Rich The Kid)
|Drink More Water 6||
|Red Trap Dragon
(with Danny Wolf)