While Thursday has always been a fairly popular night to go out, ILoveMakonnen made midweek turn-ups even more commonplace with his 2014 hit, “Tuesday.” The rapper, who grew up in LA and Atlanta, started out as a DIY artist but attracted the attention of prominent music industry heads through his connections with Atlanta’s superstar producer Metro Boomin. “Tuesday,” which features a guest verse from Drake, became a ubiquitous party anthem and landed Makonnen a deal with Drake’s label, OVO Sound. However, Makonnen alleged that industry politics delayed his second album, 2015’s ILoveMakonnen 2, and he expressed frustration in previous interviews that the release’s poor timing prevented him from rising beyond one-hit-wonder status. Though he hasn’t replicated “Tuesday’s” success, Makonnen has continued to make catchy pop-rap with an experimental edge, and publications such as The FADER have continually lauded him as an artist to watch. He performs, fittingly, on Tuesday, February 23, at 1015 Folsom with support from eccentric Oakland rapper-turned-astrologist Kool A.D. The show is part of the annual Noise Pop festival.
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