The latest OVO signee tracks his path to success.

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The Internet is one of the most important tools for an up-and-coming artist, and iLOVEMakonnen's success is a perfect example of how a few thousand streams can lead to greatness. To plenty of people, it probably seems like the Atlanta native by way of Los Angeles has been working toward a record deal since he started making music on house arrest several years ago. All you have to do is go to "that cotdamn YouTube" and see how hard he's been working. His hit song "Club Going Up on a Tuesday" produced by Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin started blowing up, and after a few weeks, Drake remixed it and the rest, as they say, "is history." After a brief bidding war with respective labels, Makonnen chose to team up with OVO Sound.

With his signature still wet on the contract, he's performing during the tail end of the Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour, a great look and also a good way to sharpen his live performances. Expectations are sky high, but he's already set the bar with a Soundcloud filled with tracks, all influenced by his grandmother's background in opera, a sound that can be heard in everything from "Maneuvering," released on Drink More Water 4 four months ago, to the opening track of the EP that aided in his fast-track to success two months ago.

Find out more in our Who Is iLOVEMakonnen? video above.

Interview by Angel Diaz (@ADiaz456)

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