Makonnen Suggests Drake Threatened Him After Leaving OVO Sound
Sometimes friendships and working relationships fall apart. For Makonnen, he seemed to learn the hard way when his working relationship with Drake came to end after the success of his breakout 2014 hit, "Tuesday." Speaking with Fader on Thursday (March 23), the 27-year-old reflected on his decision make his sexual preference public, his thoughts on Migos' reaction and how he almost came to blows with alleged members of Drake's record label.
While Makonnen is still rolling out music (he just released "Since 17" this week), much of the public's knowledge about the Atlanta native has rested with his relationship with Drake. After confirming his decision to part ways with OVO Sound last year, the artist has remained tight-lipped about the situation until now. The "Side 2 Side" artist believes his talent might've been too much for OVO to handle.
There was also the incident the happened at an MTV VMA afterparty in New York last year that threw the artist for a loop. Aside from Makonnen's unanswered tweets to Drake, it was speculated the two had an awkward encounter. Makonnen suggests it was deeper than that. "It was in the middle of the godd**n afterparty at the Up&Down club," he said. "Everybody that was in there was in there. I'm in here around these Vanguard Awards and I'm accepted and I took pictures with Chainsmokers and G-Eazy and everybody and we all friends. And I'm here in the middle of the floor, no security, and they coming and I just step to the side and they see me and stop and the biggest motherf**ker in the game goes, woo woo woo, 'Next time I'ma f**k you up!'"
Makonnen goes on to the share that much of his time under OVO Sound felt like a prison. While he was able to enjoy Drake's guest spot on "Tuesday," not much happened on their end when it came to building his career. "Why you wanna play these games? When you got the godd**n mansion out in Calabasas that I came out to and played y’all songs and ended up making you scared because you saw I could make songs on the spot?" he said. "Why y’all wanna play these games? Why didn’t you just tell me you didn’t wanna f**k with me anymore and just let me go about my way? Why’d you make me chase you all the way the f**k around? And make me look like a f**king fool? Why would you do this?"
Still at peace (he uprooted his life and mother from Atlanta to Portland), the artist subtly mentions Drake by comparing their comeups. "If I look at your track record — when I was really in the streets selling dope you was on the godd**n TV screen-acting," he said. "I just met you on a song together and then y’all acted funny style on me. Or maybe I acted funny style on y’all. But somehow our relationship didn’t work out, and then the next time I saw you again you tried to threaten me."
As for his personal life, Makonnen made the decision to speak on his sexual preference in light of the changing political climate. When asked about Migos' confusing reaction to his announcement, the artist says he could care less. "I've seen a few [people online] trying to defend me against the Migos and all that s**t. Guys, if you all know me, I’m always about “let's keep some peace.” It don't even matter. Migos say whatever they said. It's a misunderstanding. But there's no war over here. It can get messy in Atlanta, though, 'cause it's probably more gays than it is godd**n straights! They will rise!"
He continued to lighten the incident with more jokes when asked if the "Bad & Boujee" troupe has a problem with the LGBTQ community. "Hell nah, they ain't got no problem with gay people! They f**kin' song is “Versace”! Like, the f**k! Ni**a, [Gianni] Versace is the gayest ni**a. They ain't got issues with him, why they got issues with me?"
Check out his full interview with Fader here.