makonnenRapper/producer ILoveMakonnen plans to have Xavier “going-up” on Wednesday Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in the University Center ballroom for this year’s homecoming concert “Juke Joint.” Admission is $10 for students, $15 for non-students, and $20 at the door. Tickets are on sale in the UC from 11 p.m.–1 p.m daily.

The rookie artist soared to number 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with his catchy single, “Tuesday (Remix)” featuring Drake. The Canadian superstar recently signed ILoveMakonnen to his October’s Very Own (OVO) record label.
Makonnen was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Atlanta as a 13-year old. In an interview with Complex Magazine, he credits fellow Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane for having a huge influence on his music. Before officially starting his music career, Makonnen has an interesting background of attending cosmetology school and almost facing 25 years in prison for murder. After proven not guilty, Makonnen was released from house arrest and began traveling to promote his music career. Along the way, Makonnen made high-profile connections and worked with producers Mike Will Made It, Sony Digital, and 808 Mafia.
His most popular songs, “I Don’t Sell Molly No More” and “Tuesday,” can be found on Makonnen’s self-titled EP “ILoveMakonnen” that was released in July. To download his music check soundcloud.com/ilovemakonnen, or iTunes.

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