After parting ways with Drake’s OVO label in spring of 2016, iLoveMakonnen took to Twitter to reveal that there was some tension between him and Drizzy. Drake had signed Makonnen after jumping on his track “Tuesday,” but in a recent interview, Makonnen stated that the two became distant after that. Allegedly, at a party last September things began to get ugly after Makonnen’s Tim Westwood freestyle, which eventually led to his coming out as a homosexual. “I was threatened by others,” he remembers. “Someone I so-called look up to. Saying, ‘We gon fuck you up the next time we see you.’ And I was like, ‘Let me stop being me.’ I started to go back to, ‘I’m just gonna go eat anything, and just be hiding myself and shit.’ And then I was like, ‘No! I’m not doing that no more! I don’t give a fuck! I’m — me.’ And that’s what led me to coming out and shit.” Additionally, Makonnen touches on Migos being critical of him being gay and that their apology was done just to “save face.” No word from Drake on the matter yet, but read an excerpt from the interview below and head over to The FADER for the full interview.
Also, iLoveMakonnen recently released his track “Since 17” a contemporary trap-rap track filled with references to the street life.
What exactly happened at the party?
I was threatened by others. Someone I so-called look up to. Saying, “We gon fuck you up the next time we see you.” And I was like, “Let me stop being me.” I started to go back to, “I’m just gonna go eat anything, and just be hiding myself and shit.” And then I was like, “No! I’m not doing that no more! I don’t give a fuck! I’m — me.” And that’s what led me to coming out and shit.
So why do you think OVO started a relationship with you?
They needed a hot song. That’s it.
This is right after the “Tuesday” remix was released?
This when I got signed. He’s all in my face telling me, “You one of the greatest songwriters ever,” da da da. Just blowing me up, bruh. And I’m the little kid from tragedy right now. You could see it. It was written all over my face! I’m depressed as fuck!
And then when I’m like, ”Can y’all tweet out my mixtape? Can I get a feature? Can I get production?” No, no, no. So I’m just over here in prison?! Am I in prison?!!
And it’s like, who y’all talking about? Cause y’all definitely haven’t been talking about Makonnen lately. And they know my name very well — they used to say, “I love your name.” Remember? When it made change over there? Made more change than any other motherfucker on the label, huh?
What’d you think of Migos’s comments about you in Rolling Stone?
[They said] some comments like, “World’s fucked up.” My world, that I was living in, was fucked up for me. That’s all I can say to clear those comments up like that. My world. The world itself is a beautiful place. It’s a natural habitat where people can live at.
What’d you think of the statement they released afterwards?
Y’all gotta do y’all for face game to save your face. Y’all gots to do y’all. I’m gon’ always do me. I got no animosity towards y’all. [Pause] Why is it about me? Why you talkin’ about Makonnen? y’all “Bad and Boujee” right now. Why we talkin’ bout Makonnen? It’s whatever. Ain’t nobody hit me up personally. Y’all want to reach out to me? I’m not hard to find! I’m not hiding from nobody. Don’t talk on me saying I feel like I have to hide, don’t mention anything about me.
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