ILOVEMAKONNEN is quiet, basking in the stillness of sunny suburbia. It’s mid-afternoon on a Friday and he’s sitting in the backyard of a home nestled in the sleepier parts of L.A.’s Atwater Village. The only sounds that cut the silence are dreamy beats coming from producer Chris Hartz’ small, converted car garage—Makonnen’s here for a songwriting session with Australian artist Nat Dunn. 

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