Since the success of “Tuesday” Makonnen year has had its highs and lows. Recently he sat down with Fader to talk about his career post success of “Tuesday”, losing weight, his current relationship with OVO and Drake and life in America.
Check out the excerpts below.
On what made him get in shape.
“I was like this before I became famous. I was all about health and wellness but you go through phases. I was going through some deep shit so I just let myself go and wanted to indulge and be a part of the community and America. So I started hanging out and doing what Americans do. I became a product of my environment. You guys wanna indulge? Let’s fucking indulge. What else were we gonna do?
After a while it becomes—Okay, I see everyone in this space took that way out. Now let’s see if we can get it moving. Let’s see if we can do something besides just turning up and getting drunk and eating all this shit. If I showed up at first, and was like, ‘Hell yeah lets go workout! Let’s go do this!’ It would be like ‘What the fuck? We can’t relate to you.'”
On his relationship with OVO.
“It’s cool, they put out my music and stuff and we just keep it moving. Let them tell you their relationship with Makonnen. I’m just an artist, being an artist, and there’s only so much that I can do.”
On his relationship with Drake.
“Here and there. By the time this comes out, I’ll probably see him six more times or no more times. I don’t know. I just wish everybody well in all that they do and I just go on and live my life and try to uplift motherfuckers. At the end of the day I’m tired of uplifting people. I just gotta uplift myself now because everything else is a waste of time.”
On how he feels about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Yeah, but not really though. All lives matter and that’s how I’ve always been. Just to be like, “Oh I’m pro black and for black lives.” Fuck that because when my friends were dying in Atlanta and there were black lives and white lives taking black lives and all that bullshit. That was when we needed the Black Lives [Matter] campaign to come campaign for us. I aint got time for all ya’ll and all that bullshit now. You only do the shit when it’s convenient. All lives always have mattered. Fuck out my face telling me black lives matter, or saying white lives matter, or any fucking life matters. If don’t all lives matter than no lives fucking matter. That’s how I feel and until we down for that shit, don’t ask me to come comment on shit. I ain’t got nothing to say because I know what’s been going on.
Buy my damn EP and see me at the show, that’s what I do. That’s why I’m on earth and that’s what motherfuckers are paying me to do and that’s what people are all making a living off of so let me stay in my line in that rotation. I’m not running for no fucking politics to try to change y’all. It’s too late for ya’ll. I’m trying to help teach the kids if anything. I need to be a schoolteacher when I finish rapping.”
On life after “Tuesday.”
“It’s both super random and powerful as fuck. You start seeing it all around the world and it’s like what the fuck is going on? But then I come back to America and see it and it’s like, ‘Whoa, this isn’t what I meant.’ You guys have taken it and overdid it to where the person it was for, can’t even go and enjoy a Tuesday. Everybody is so dressed up. It’s such a big money night now. It’s just like, ‘Fuck! I can’t even pay to get in my own shit!’ You know what I’m saying? [Laughs] … I was in the studio and Rae Sremmurd were there and we were just kicking it in a regular little house before people cared about any of us. We’d just be boom boom boom, creative and going.
I foresaw our power way early and [initially] wanted to keep it in-house with Mike Will and everybody. Everybody wants to stay together and be like the X-Men, this big superpower team. But you live in America and money is involved and everyone wants different things. We all have families to take care of, so we have to make the best choices for us. Then we end up around the world, backstage again, looking at each other and being like, ‘Damn what the fuck. Y’all killing it out there.’ ‘Nah man, you killing it.'”
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