iLoveMakonnen Has First Interview After Coming Out with Fader Magazine

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In an unfiltered and honest conversation with Fader, music artist iLoveMakonnen candidly opened up in his first interview since coming out earlier this year in January. (Read more inside…)

Growing up, 28-year-old Makonnen Sheran lived every bit of an unusual life as he was once both a drug-selling corner kid and a beautician who ended up teaching himself how to make music while being on house arrest for the tragic and accidental death of his best friend. Although he was originally raised in Los Angeles by his dad and later on the Southside of Atlanta by his mom, he decided to move to Oregon in the fall of 2016 after briefly living in New York because “it’s where men go to be men.” Makonnen did exactly that when he decided to inform the world of his sexuality in a series of tweets after coming out to his mom right before doing so.

Makonnen made his first mark in the music world in 2014 with his hit song “Tuesday,” but in the world of Hip Hop, he is prepared to stand out as elders of the game have given him somewhat of the “we don’t do all that gay s–t, we all on that straight s–t” cold shoulder. It isn’t all glitz and glamor from the new cats on the scene either as the Atlanta rap trio Migos, who featured on Makonnen’s 2015 “Whip It (Remix)”, weren’t exactly comfortable discussing nor did they have positive opinions about his sexuality in a February interview with Rolling Stone.

“D–n, Makonnen! They [people] supported him? That’s because the world is f—ed up. This world is not right. We ain’t saying it’s nothing wrong with the gays, but he first came out talking about trapping and selling Molly, doing all that [his sexuality undermines his credibility]. That’s wack, bro.”

– Migos to Rolling Stone

When asked how he felt about their comments, he wasn’t shy to express to Fader, “with friends like these, who needs enemies.” After receiving a lot of backlash on social media, Migos attempted to release an apology statement in which Makonnen considers “an excuse to save face” because of their newly crowned #1 record at the time (“Bad and Boujee”) that they didn’t want to mess up.

He continued by questioning the nature of their issues with him and his sexuality by stating, “[Gianni] Versace is the gayest n—a and they don’t have any problems with him” – or at least not enough to prevent them from using his name in a hit song.

The idea that gay people can’t sell drugs is weird, but it only reassures us that we’ve got a long way to go before the Hip Hop world is free of homophobia; and although Makonnen isn’t sure if he will release another hit of his own, he is perfectly fine being out of the spotlight and producing music for other artists.

Find out more about his interview with Fader here.

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