Album: ILoveMakonnen EP

Pop songs trend towards the middle, or at least toward whatever’s been proven to work at radio in the last handful of months. “Tuesday” transcended what normally works in pop because it was so...weird. Co-produced with Sonny Digital, Makonnen’s breakthrough single turned the social calendar on its ear, thinned his voice to its base elements, and even landed him that ill-fated deal with a certain Canadian. Makonnen sings like a rapper and raps like a singer; he’s a completely singular vocalist. His time under house arrest must have left his view of nightlife half-obscured and dreamlike, the pocket that Metro and Sonny open up so beautifully.