Makonnen Kamali Sheran (born April 12, 1989), better known by his stage name iLoveMakonnen (often stylized as ILOVEMAKONNEN), is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. His rise to fame began in 2014, after Canadian rapper Drake released a remix to his song "Tuesday".
Makonnen was born on April 12, 1989, in South Los Angeles, California, and was named after Tafari Makonnen Woldemikael, the birth name of Haile Selassie I. His father is a first generation immigrant from Belize who worked as an electrician and his mother was a nail instructor who worked in the beauty business for over 30 years. In an interview, he described himself as mixed with African American, Indian, Irish, Belgian, German and Chinese heritage.
Growing up in Los Angeles, he moved to the Atlanta area in 2002 when he was 13 years old, due to his parents' divorce, and witnessed the death of a close friend in his senior year in high school.
His grandmother was an opera singer, which influenced his musical career.