Much like The Weeknd when he was first introduced to the masses in 2011, PartyNextDoor has opted to remain somewhat of a mystery as his name grew over the last two years. Though he’s made public appearances at concerts and does maintain a social media presence, he’d yet to grant a formal interview until finally, FADER wooed him to be their cover guy for their April/May 2015 issue.
In the cover story, PND discusses the comparisons to The Weeknd - which have come in abundance since his start, and just like my previous mention of him, it’s kind of clear to see why.
“People throw that [Weeknd comparison] over me because I came at a time where people assumed I was there to fill a void,” he says, alluding to The Weeknd’s departure from the OVO fold in 2012. “A lot of things that came out of Toronto were darker at the time. But me? I’m all about colors. I’ll flip samples where one’s a completely dark song and the next one is a complete sexual song. People think my whole thing is a dark thing, but I don’t.”
iLoveMakonnen seemingly came out of nowhere over the summer, when Drake hopped on his song “Tuesday” and within weeks, he was OVO Sounds‘ newest member. Suddenly iLoveMakonnen was everywhere, doing shows from New York to L.A., and being interviewed by some of the biggest names in the game.
I’d happened to read an interview while browsing the web shortly after the “Tuesday” remix dropped, and found out a few random facts about the singer that I thought were possibly common knowledge and that I was likely late on. However, when a friend of mine thought they uncovered some “dirt” earlier this week by stumbling upon an old article about Makonnen being charged with murder, I realized a majority of the public know little-to-nothing about him, other than the fact that Drake likes him a lot and he has a catchy song. With that said, I compiled a list of 7 things you should know about iLoveMakonnen below!
New Jersey native Mike Zombie was introduced to the masses in 2013, when Drake released his Grammy-nominated single “Started From The Bottom” with Zombie on the track. After discovering Mike in 2012 through their mutual friend, battle rapper Hollow Da Don, Drake signed him to a production deal on his OVO Sound imprint, and as they say, the rest is history.
Most recently, Mike had the likes of the legendary Jay Z, the newly-released Remy Ma, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and French Montana on one of his beats, courtesy of DJ Khaled‘s “They Don’t Love You No More“…but Mike isn’t only a producer. The talented 22-year-old has been simultaneously crafting his skills as a lyricist for as long as he’s been producing, and has put out numerous projects over the years. Rapping over all of his own beats of course, Mike‘s most recent project was 2013’s The End Of The Beginning, which spawned his current single and video, “616.” Though one would assume the song’s title is in reference to an area code of some sort, it’s actually an ode to a local haunt that Mike and his friends apparently had some epic times at in their late teens.
The video has been spinning on MTV Jams and mtvU for the last month, and is now up to be put in rotation on mtvU with help from fan votes! I hadn’t stumbled on Mike‘s rapping until just recently so I wasn’t going to post the video, but in the spirit of garnering more votes, here it is. Check it out below and MAKE SURE YOU GO HERE TO VOTE! Amazing talent coming out of New Jersey? You know I’m supporting this one!