iLoveMakonnen Revisits Failed Drake Pairing, Says OVO Stopped Promoting Him
iLoveMakonnen Recalls Pissing Off Drake ... Getting Silent Treatment From OVO Sound
5/4/2023 4:36 PM PT
Former OVO Sound artist iLoveMakonnen says he knew his days on Drake's label were numbered when the Canadian rapper allegedly started making snide comments.
Makonnen made the shocking accusations on NPR's recently shuttered "Louder Than A Riot" while discussing his rise and fall in music ... claiming Drake once quipped he was an "Eric Benet-ass-looking-n****" right before they performed together at the 2015 Wireless Festival.
Makonnen says he and Drake shared a dwindling bond prior to that moment. The Canadian megastar helped catapult Makonnen to nationwide success in 2014 via the "Tuesday (Remix)" ... which earned Makonnen his first platinum plaque, and his signing with OVO for a single deal.
But, Makonnen says Drake started treating him differently when he began showing signs of weight loss ... hence the Eric Benet crack, and he claims the label stopped promoting his EPs.
And, to make things worse, fans were literally digging up his old tweets dissing Drake!!! Whoops.
Makonnen says his relationship with Drake imploded for good at Rihanna's VMA after-party in 2016 when he attempted to reconnect, but he claims Drake met him with a facial expression that meant him bodily harm ... and he knew it was time to bounce from the label.
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Makonnen came out as gay in January 2017, and believes that decision caused the dissolution of many of his working relationships, and much of his inner circle in Atlanta, too.
With hip hop approaching its 50th anniversary this August, Makonnen notes how rappers such as Lil Nas X and Saucey Santana hint at a tad bit of evolution ... but still thinks the culture has room to grow for queer artists overall.