Behind The Beat: Sonny Digital
Almost all hip hop fans are familiar with Sonny Digital’s name, whether they realize it or not. His heavily digitized “Sonny Digital” drop appears at the beginning of everything from platinum hits like iLoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” to classic mixtape tracks from Juicy J’s extensive catalog. At just 25 years old, the quiet ubiquity of his name is a testament to his tremendous grind. ...
10 Infamous Hacking Moments In Rap History
A hacking spree took the internet by storm this past weekend. Industrious hackers seeking revenge, entertainment, or some other perverse pleasure hacked into several prominent social media accounts, including those of Kylie Jenner, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, Keith Richards, Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, and the NFL
iLoveMakonnen Responds To Haters Mocking His Westwood Freestyle, Admits It Was "Trash"
When traveling through London, it's a rite of passage to stop by the studio of Tim Westwood, and if given the chance, kick a freestyle over live-spun beats. Stylistically, the forms that these freestyles take are all over the map, especially over the past year or so, with acts like Migos and Rae Sremmurd moving the art form forward to represent the diversity of the genre today. In some ways, though, those guys also brought the concept back to its true definition, as the spontaneous component of freestyling was often ignored in the years prior.
iLoveMakonnen Says He Will Retire Soon
Makonnen has been prolific so far in 2016, releasing a number of collaborative singles as well as his album Drink More Water 6. However, it appears he might be getting tired of the rap game, and he recently went on a tweeting spree, suggesting that he will retire from the rap game very soon.
Staff Picks Playlist (May 6)
Since the release of VIEWS, things have calmed down slightly, however today turned out to be a massive day for album releases, as you can tell by the multiple album streams we've posted this morning. These aren't necessarily Drake-status artists who are about to break the internet, but the quality is extremely high-- Skepta, JMSN, James Blake, Rittz, Kaytranada and Mike Posner have all dropped albums today (and I'm probably missing someone).
iLoveMakonnen Takes Shots At "Dumbass" Drake & OVO
iLoveMakonnen made his departure from OVO appear amicable in an official statement released last week. "I cannot thank OVO, 40, Oliver, Future & Mr. Morgan, enough for all that they have done for my career," he wrote. "Sorry there’s no beef to report."
iLoveMakonnen's Departure From OVO Confirmed
In news that will surprise approximately no one, iLoveMakonnen's departure from Drake's label OVO has been confirmed. The Red Dragon, as he refers to himself, has been at odds with the label for a minute, expressing doubts in several interviews (including during our recent cover story sit-down, although none of those quotes made the final story).
ILoveMakonnen Hints At Upcoming Tour With Lil B
Well it looks like ILoveMakonnen & Lil B are hitting the road together. Moments ago, Makonnen took to twitter to share a new song with The Based God called “Can’t Let It Go,” which was followed by another tweet hinting their upcoming tour.
iLoveMakonnen Announces Mixtape With Lil Yachty
Good news, y'all -- iLoveMakonnen and Lil Yachty have a joint mixtape that's "on the way." Makonnen made the announcement in an Instagram video depicting him posted up in the studio with Yachty. "It's lit! We finna make hits on hits on hits," said Yachty.
14 Artists That Drake Co-Signed
A Drake co-sign will put you on the map, straight up. It's happened for many artists over the past half-decade or so. The Weeknd was only brought into the mainstream spotlight when Drake appeared on his sophomore mixtape Thursday. Migos stock skyrocketed after Drizzy jumped on "Versace." Even the likes of dancehall star Popcaan has been able to crossover into the American mainstream after garnering attention from Drake.
Digital Cover Story: iLoveMakonnen (March/April)
It's been a minute, as we continue to immerse ourselves into the digital cover initiative, but we're back today with another stand-out cover, this time featuring iLoveMakonnen. The Atlanta artist, who may or may not be still signed to OVO (it's really hard to tell), recently released Drink More Water 6. Prior to the project's release, he stopped by the NYC office to chop it up about a lot of stuff-- there was over an hour's worth of iLoveMakonnen quotables and rants to comb through, before we were ready to compile it into a cohesive story.
Stream Father's Album "I'm A Piece Of Shit"
One year, one week, and one day after the release of Who's Gonna Get Fucked First?, Awful Records don Father shares another album with the people: I'm A Piece Of Shit. When it comes to titling albums, Father is a genius. Can't wait to see what he cooks up next. 12 tracks long, I'm a Piece of Shit features iLoveMakonnen, Abra, Stalin Majesty, Archibald Slim, Ethereal, Tommy Genesis & Micah Freeman.
Stream ILoveMakonnen's "Drink More Water 6" EP
With the clock striking midnight, ILoveMakonnen’s highly anticipated Drink More Water 6 EP was made available for purchase on iTunes.
ILoveMakonnen Says An OVO Compilation Album Is Already Finished
Drake is currently putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated Views From The 6 album, which is reportedly set to arrive sometime next month. However, that may not be the only project the 6 God has his hands on this year. According to fellow OVO member, ILoveMakonnen, a compilation album from the entire OVO camp is reportedly already finished, and could be dropping later this year.
Travis Scott, Vic Mensa, Makonnen To Be Featured In New Alexander Wang Campaign
The rap and fashion worlds seem to intersecting more than ever these days, and that trend continues with the announcement of Alexander Wang's upcoming campaign. Creating an Instagram for the "WANGSQUAD," the brand announced a collection of 21 figures who would be contributing to the Wang image. Posted through individual Polaroid shots, Travis Scott, iLoveMakonnen, and Vic Mensa were among the group, as well as fellow artists like Alice Glass and Baauer. All of them impeccably dressed, as usual.
iLoveMakonnen Teases Collaboration With Lil B
Lil B's Free Based Freestyles collaborative mixtape with Chance the Rapper is evidence that working with another rapper forces him become a better rapper/stop being such a spaz -- no disrespect to his new 63-track solo mixtape Thugged Out Pissed Off.
ILoveMakonnen Reportedly Recorded New Music With Kanye West
Coming off the release of his ILoveMakonnen 2 EP & Whip It tape with Rich The Kid, ILoveMakonnen is now shifting his focus towards his first full length album, which is reportedly shaping up to be a doozy already.
Makonnen Speaks On His Place Within OVO
Soon after releasing his second EP, ILoveMakonnen 2, Makonnen is the focus of an in-depth interview with FADER on how his life has changed since his breakout hit, "Tuesday," earned him instant stardom, a Drake remix, and a deal with OVO.
Stream The Sequel To ILoveMakonnen's Self-Titled EP
After a slight setback, IloveMakonnen comes through today and releases the follow up to his 2014 breakout, self-titled project. Similar to the first EP, ILoveMakonnen 2 comes with 7 tracks and features only two guest appearances from Santigold & 1st, who both appear on the intro track "Forever." Meanwhile, production is handled by hitmakers DJ Mustard, Richie Souf, IloveMakonnen, FKi, and more.
iLoveMakonnen Announces Release Date For "iLoveMakonnen 2" Album
Over the weekend, iLoveMakonnen debuted a new single off his forthcoming album, iLoveMakonnen 2, which will serve as a follow-up to his break-out self-titled mixtape. The album was initially announced for an October release back in August, however it's been pushed back to November 20th.