An insight into the life and music career of iLoveMakonnen

An insight into the life and music career of iLoveMakonnen

Makonnen Kamali Sheran also known by his stage name as iLoveMakonnen is an American singer, songwriter and rapper. Born on April 12, 1989, his rise to fame began after Canadian rapper Drake released a remix to his song ‘Tuesday’ in 2014. Read on below for more details about the life and rise to stardom in the music career of iLoveMakonnen!

Early life

Growing up in Los Angeles, Makonnen moved to Atlanta when he was 13 years old due to his parent’s divorce. His father was an electrician and his mother worked in the beauty business as a nail instructor. In an interview, Maknonned described himself as a mix of African American, Indian, Irish, Belgian, German and Chinese heritage. Though born in Los Angeles, he grew up in Atlanta under his grandmother who was an opera singer. This is what influenced Makonnen to take an interest in the field of music.

Career life

Early career

Due to the influence of his grandmother, who was an opera singer, Makonnen started making songs on his computer and uploading them to MySpace where he met other rising musicians such as Adele. He also created a blog where he would post interviews with stars like Lil B and Soulja Boy.

In an interview with Buzzfeed back in August 2014, Makonnen stated he used to hang out with drug dealers and thieves. After being under house arrest following the accidental shooting of a friend, he enrolled in cosmetology school and became a part of the collective pop group, Phantom Posse. 

Rise to stardom

From being a member of Phantom Posse, record producer Mike Will Made It brought Makonnen to the DTP studios in March 2014. Makonnen played some of his songs to Metro Boomin, Mike Will Made It’s fellow producer who liked Makonnen’s songs and together they recorded six songs. 

Metro brought Makonnen to Sonny Digital and 808 Mafia producers who were also impressed with him. After two days, Makonnen recorded his first song under Sonny Digital titled ‘Don’t Sell Molly No More’, which later on launched his music career. 

Sonny Digital introduced Makonnen to other Atlanta producers such as Dun Deal and DJ Spinz. Makonnen started gaining fame within the local community with songs such as ‘Living on the Southside’, ‘Sneaky Lady’ and ‘My New Friend’. He was also featured on Mike Will’s mixtape, Ransom.

In July 2014, Makonnen released his self-titled album ‘iLoveMakonnen’ which consisted of tracks such as ‘Tuesday’ and ‘I Don’t Sell Molly No More’. The latter track reached pop singer Miley Cyrus, who shared it on an Instagram post that got over 210,000 likes. After hearing the track ‘Tuesday’, Drake reached out to Sonny Digital to ask to remix the song which went viral and led to the increased popularity of iLoveMakonnen.

Fall back from the music industry

After Drake and Makonnen’s remix went viral, it was announced in September 2014 that Makonnen had signed to Drake’s label OVO Sound. In February 2016, Makonnen became part of Alexander Wang’s fashion campaign, WANGSQUAD, which features new stars alongside Travis Scott and Vic Mensa. 

For no clear reason, Makonnen parted ways with Drake’s label OVO Sound in April 2016. In May 2016, Makonnen announced his retirement from music to focus on acting but dropped a new song shortly after. 

In the late summer of 2017, he collaborated with Lil Peep in London and announced a single titled ‘Falling Down’. He also reworked ‘Sunlight On Your Skin’ which he recorded with Lil Peep back in London. The new version of the track features the deceased rapper XXXTentacion and was released in September 2018.

Latest studio album

My Parade 

Released on April 16, 2021, under the label Timeless Magic, My Parade is Makonnen’s first album released after he departed from OVO Sound. According to him, it is his first album after being back in control over his art and creativity. The album is about the celebration of self even if the world is raining down on it. Makonnen dedicates the album to his fans who enjoy the various eras of his music throughout his artistic journey.

Below are the tracks under iLoveMakonnen’s My Parade as well as the lyrics of each song’s chorus:

  1. 2SEXY

Chorus:

Switchin’ six lanes as I switch lanes

Got two side piece right behind me tryna be a main

‘Cause I’m too sexy, I’m too sexy, I’m too hot

‘Cause I’m too sexy, I’m too sexy, I’m too hot

Switchin’ six lanes as I switch lanes

Got two side piece right behind me tryna be a main

‘Cause I’m too sexy, I’m too sexy, I’m too hot

‘Cause I’m too sexy, I’m too sexy, I’m too hot

  1. If It’s Cool

Chorus:

I just wonder if it’s cool if I could spend the night with you?

But I don’t wanna be a fool if you don’t like me like you used to

I just wonder if it’s cool if I could spend the night with you?

But I don’t wanna be a fool if you don’t like me like you used to

  1. Whoopsy

Chorus:

I done lost my roof (Whoopsy)

Hit the gas on the coupe (Whoopsy)

I done lost your ho (Whoopsy)

And now you know (Whoopsy)

I done made too much (Whoopsy)

I done broke the bank (Whoopsy)

Overflowing’ my cup (Whoopsy)

I done spilt my drank (Whoopsy)

  1. So Saucy

Chorus:

I have been getting to the bag, give a damn what they do

They’ve been talking ’bout me bad ’cause they know I’m the truth

I’m so saucy, tell the truth

I’m so saucy, I’m spillin’ Ragu

I have been getting to the money, give a damn what they do

They’ve been talking ’bout me bad ’cause they know I’m the truth

I’m so saucy, tell the truth

Got me so saucy, I’m spillin’ Ragu

  1. Whip It Harder

Chorus:

Swerve, swerve through the 3, they know how I ride

Matte black leather seats, ruby red inside

Meet the plug at 3, Krispy Kreme southside

Getting nine at least, but I’m paying for five

Hatin’, hatin’ on me, that’s a broke boy job (I’m working hard)

Make a bitch heart freeze like it’s cold outside (Working hard)

Tryna roll with me, but you cannot ride

Flip at least 4 P’s before I come outside

  1. Bad Bitch With A Stutter

Chorus:

Bad bitch every summer (Bad bitch every summer)

Yeah, I don’t want no other (Yeah, I don’t want no other)

Just need a bad bitch every summer (A bad bitch every summer)

Bad bitch with a stutter (Bad bitch with a stutter)

  1. More Bitches Than The Mayor

Chorus:

I got more bitches than the mayor

I got more bitches than the mayor, I got more bitches than the mayor

And they come in all flavours

And they come in all flavours, and they come in all flavours

  1. All I Wanna See

Chorus:

Not tryna offend you tonight

But all-all-all I wanna see is you break it down for me

All-all-all I wanna see is you break it down

Not tryna offend you tonight

  1. I Can See It In Your Eyes

Chorus:

You said all these things when we drank last time

How you can’t find love and it’s a waste of time

But you always buying drugs, stay awake all night

Need more than a hug, but afraid to fight

For the things you want and the ones you need

Have no money for gas, but enough for weed

Found a place out west where we could just be

You should get it off your chest, you want sex with me

  1. What You Tryna Do

Chorus:

What are you tryna do here?

‘Cause you got the fire lit and it’s in my eyes

So what are you tryna do here?

‘Cause you’ve got wine and I’ve got time

  1. My Parade

Chorus:

Why do you keep raining down on my parade? On my parade?

Why do you keep raining down on my parade? My parade?

  1. Makonnen’s Beethoven

Chorus:

I’ll find some time to meet to tell you something

Like what do you need to see to know I’m not fronting?

‘Cause I’m just tryna be your man or something

So what do you need to see to know I’m not fronting?

  1. My Hustle Don’t Stop

Chorus:

My hustle doesn’t stop, even if I’m on a yacht

My hustle don’t stop

My hustle doesn’t stop, even if cops on the block

My hustle don’t stop

My hustle doesn’t stop, even if I got a lot

My hustle don’t stop

My hustle doesn’t stop, even if cops on the block

My hustle don’t stop

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