iLoveMakonnen, the rapper who rose to fame with his Drake collab ‘Tuesday’, has publicly came out on Friday morning as gay!
Speaking to his followers via his Twitter account he revealed his sexuality through a series of tweets reading: “As a fashion icon, I can’t tell u about everybody else’s closet, I can only tell u about mine, and it’s time I’ve come out,” he said on Twitter. “And since y’all love breaking news, here’s some old news to break, I’m gay. And now I’ve told u about my life, maybe u can go life yours.”
While his career has not been a commercial hit, he has seen much success in the hip-hop community collaborating with a range of names including Gucci Mane, 21 Savage, Riff Raff, and most famously Drake.
Following his hit ‘Tuesday’ which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, Makonnen parted ways with Drake’s label OVO Sound last spring, providing no clear explanation for the move.
Real name Makonnen Sheran, he was born on April 12, 1989, in South Los Angeles, California before moving to Atlanta where he began making songs on his Gateway computer, uploading them to MySpace. Here he networked with other rising musicians, including Adele. Makonnen interviewed musicians such as Lil B and Soulja Boy, posting them to his blog.
Following a short stint under house arrest due to the accidental shooting of a friend, he enrolled in a cosmetology school and became a part of a group called Phantom Posse.
From here Makonnen met Atlanta producer Mike Will Made It who introduced the young hopeful to a team of producers including Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital and 808 Mafia, each with whom he recorded tracks, raising his profile within the community.
Questions of his sexuality have followed the hip-hop star since blowing up on the scene, despite the subjects of his songs have always being women. He has addressed the rumours multiple times first stating in 2015: “The rap world thinks I’m gay, a lot of people out there do. They think I’m a homosexual, which is not a problem. I don’t want to say I’m gay, I’m straight, I’m bisexual or any of that, because that’s just…Who cares? All that’s doing is dividing us.” However the following year he took a step back saying: “I may not personally be gay but I got gay friends and people on earth that do what the fuck they do and they need to be accepted as well.”
Now he is unquestionably out of the closet, and has been met with a response of warmth and acceptance. The hip-hop community is notoriously homophobic, but with the likes of Frank Ocean, and more recently Chicago rapper Taylor Bennett’s sexual revelations it appears to be opening its margins more to accommodate LGBT talent.