The highlights from iLoveMakonnen's "Drink More Water" mixtape series.
Before he was a Grammy-nominated, OVO-signed sensation, iLoveMakonnen was grinding on the mixtape circuit, never sacrificing his weirdness for power plays. Starting in 2012, his Drink More Water series has been a consistent source of otherworldly jams, and with volume five arriving at the end of the month, we're looking back at highlights from the first four.
Along with his early work with the band Phantom Posse, these early tapes show what Makonnen was capable of on his own before he attracted the attention of seemingly every popping ATL producer for his 2014 self-titled EP. Toying with new wave, trap, bedroom pop and based sounds on the first four Drink More Waters, he helped formulate his current sound while putting out some of the wildest music his city's ever produced.