iLoveMakonnen is breaking his silence.
“It was in the middle of the goddamn [VMA] afterparty at the Up&Down club,” he says. “Everybody that was in there was in there. I’m in here around these Vanguard Awards and I’m accepted and I took pictures with Chainsmokers and G-Eazy and everybody and we all friends. And I’m here in the middle of the floor, no security, and they coming, and I just step to the side and they see me and stop and the biggest motherfucker in the game goes, woo woo woo, ‘Next time I’ma fuck you up!’ And all security and everybody stop like, ‘What the fuck.’ And the guys with me was like, ‘What you do?!’ I don’t have nothing to say. All I did was smile. And I guess they took that as a threat. I was confused, like, ‘It can’t be little old me. I’m just a goddamned old record from way back when. What the fuck am I doing causing stresses and pains?'”
While it’s unclear what specifically led to the alleged altercation, the “Tuesday” hitmaker wonders if it was a Tim Westwood freestyle, in which he rapped about his OVO ties: “Motherfuckers say I got dropped / You know that’s a motherfuckin’ lie / Only place I dropped is in my goddamn pants size.”
“I guess it came back from my freestyle, from that Tim Westwood,” he adds. “When I’m rapping, people think I’m throwing shots. I ain’t rapped no names! All I did was rap!”
It’s also possible the animosity stemmed from old tweets that resurfaced in which Makonnen clowned Drake. “I mean, that can’t just be it, right?” he says. “It was before I even knew you. We can get past that. Excuse me for being fucked up in the hood and wanting to be a comedian.”
But Makonnen doesn’t pull any punches either. While he says he has the “utmost respect” for his former boss, he also adds: “If I look at your track record — when I was really in the streets selling dope you was on the goddamn TV screen-acting. I just met you on a song together and then y’all acted funny style on me. Or maybe I acted funny style on y’all. But somehow our relationship didn’t work out, and then the next time I saw you again you tried to threaten me.”
Asked why the OVO relationship even started, he said: “They needed a hot song. That’s it.”
Elsewhere in the profile, iLM explains why he decided to come out as gay last year. “I don’t even know,” he says. “It’s just me and my life. I’m living. I’m 27. The world is changing, right? Donald Trump [was] about to make his big announcement on the goddamn 20th [of January]. Everybody know I’m gay and shit, so it’s like, I might as well go ahead and make my little announcement to the world so I can move on with my life. I said whatever I said in my tweet, and then I moved on with it. Here goes America, let me focus on that!”
Recently, Migos was criticized for comments about Makonnen’s sexuality. When asked if he feels the group is homophobic, he says: “Hell nah, they ain’t got no problem with gay people! They fuckin’ song is ‘Versace!’ Like, the fuck! Ni**a, [Gianni] Versace is the gayest ni**a. They ain’t got issues with him, why they got issues with me? … I’ve seen a few [people online] trying to defend me against the Migos and all that shit. Guys, if you all know me, I’m always about, ‘Let’s keep some peace.’ It don’t even matter. Migos say whatever they said. It’s a misunderstanding. But there’s no war over here. It can get messy in Atlanta, though, ’cause it’s probably more gays than it is goddamn straights! They will rise!”
Makonnen is currently working on a project through Warner Bros. It is unclear whether it will be a mixtape, EP, or his debut LP.