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The Come Up: iLoveMakonnen

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Meet the unconventional rapper/singer who is representing a different side of the Atlanta rap scene.

Co-signs still matter in hip-hop. And when the most popular rapper in the game right now remixes your song, it’s only inevitable that you are going to blow up. Drake, who has a close relationship with Atlanta, has remixed the likes of Future and Migos, showing that he continues to stay on the pulse of what’s happening in hip-hop today. Seemingly out of nowhere, Drake did the same for emerging rapper/singer iLoveMakonnen and his instant hit “Club Going Up On A Tuesday.” Nothing was the same ever since.

Last week, Makonnen’s rigorous NYC press run reached a high point when he performed at The Westway for Electric Circus’ “The Players Ball.” A-Trak, G-Eazy and Vashtie were in attendance, as well as ATL’s luminaries Mike Will Made It, Sonny Digital, TM 88 of 808 Mafia, Frenchie, to name a few. In an overcrowded space with a catwalk in the middle, Makonnen brought the house down with joints like “Man Of The Party,” “I Don’t Sell Molly No More,” and “Exclusive.” There were many here that knew all the words to his songs, while others watched an incredible movement blossom into something much larger. His set was about 20 minutes, which ended with the turnt up anthem “Look My Wrist.” After it was all over, Makonnen disappeared to the backstage, but many stuck around as a DJ spun “Club Going Up On A Tuesday” again. You can’t deny its massive hit potential.

Makonnen, along with names like Bobby Shmurda and GoldLink, show just how quickly someone can bubble from the underground to mainstream. Now, riding high after Drake remixing his song, Makonnen’s career is picking up fast. We spoke to the 25-year-old MC on his newfound fame, Drake listening to his music, his first show ever, meeting Atlanta artists, and more. Get up on Makonnen in The Come Up.—Eric Diep

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