#Fest Preview: iLoveMakonnen and his unique style will be boom-or-bust

iLoveMakonnen in the "Tuesday" music video. Photo courtesy of hypebeast.com

iLoveMakonnen in the “Tuesday” music video. Photo courtesy of hypebeast.com

Makonnen Sheron, better known by his stage name iLoveMakonnen, skyrocketed to fame in the past year.

After being active in the Atlanta music scene for several years, Makonnen rose to national notoriety in 2014 with help from a Drake feature and an Instagram shoutout courtesy of Miley Cyrus.

Drake added a verse to Makonnen’s “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday,” and the rest is (viral) history. Chances are you’ve heard “Tuesday” at a campus house party–maybe even multiple times in one night. In my opinion, the track is flat-out annoying, but surprisingly infectious with smooth production, making it a perfect music to drunkenly dance to.

Drake and iLoveMakonnen in the studio. Photo courtesy of thisis50.com

Drake and iLoveMakonnen in the studio. Photo courtesy of thisis50.com

“I Don’t Sell Molly No More” is another one of Makonnen’s hits and the song title pretty much explains it all. Makonnen lets everyone know he doesn’t traffic molly, but that he still has weed, coke and codeine on deck. Despite the borderline incriminating lyrics, college kids go apeshit when this song comes on.

Makonnen’s brand of music is kind of hard to pin down. He’s known as a rapper, but he may better off as an R&B singer. Tracks like “Sneaky Lady” and “In the Bity” show Makonnen’s emotional side instead of constant raps about getting f****d up.

Maronen also has several tracks with other artists in his short time in the limelight. Aside from the Drake collab, Makonnen worked with #Fest alum Carnage on the simple party banger “I Like Tuh.” In addition, he recently made songs with rap veterans Snoop Dogg and Gucci Mane.

Recently signed to Drake’s record label, OVO Sound, Makonnen’s bumbling melodies appear to be here to stay. Festgoers will get a chance to hear him firsthand this April. While his music will be off-putting to some, most will be too drunk to care and party like the club goin’ up on a Tuesday.

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