As a testament to his rapidly swelling popularity, Atlanta rapper-on-the-riseILoveMakonnen Announces Tour of US and Europe has booked his first headlining tour, long before his proper debut album has even been announced or titled, let alone released. The spring-into-summer trek, which kicks off April 28th at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, hits major US markets including Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco through mid-May before flying overseas for the European festival circuit.
The 25-year-old, born Makonnen Sheran, is a particular favorite of Canadian rapper Drake, who remixed ILoveMakonnen’s song “Tuesday” last year (which earned a Grammy nomination) and signed him to his OVOSound label. The digital EP, ILoveMakonnen, was released in December, but so far there’s been no firm word on when to expect his debut album. In the meantime, Makonnen is featured on the new iTunes single from Hispanic EDM DJ Carnage, “I Like Tuh.”