In news that will surprise approximately no one, iLoveMakonnen's departure from Drake's label OVO has been confirmed. The Red Dragon, as he refers to himself, has been at odds with the label for a minute, expressing doubts in several interviews (including during our recent cover story sit-down, although none of those quotes made the final story). While it's generally been assumed that Makonnen is no longer on the label, there's now no doubt, with a confirmation coming from Billboard.
It should be noted that Makonnen's Drink More Water 6 indicates a release by Warner, but there is no indication of OVO, which is quite standard on other iTunes releases from the label, so that right there is somewhat of a giveaway.
In related Makonnen news, the rapper recently dropped a new record with his personal idol Lil B, "Can't Let It Go," and teased a possible tour with the BasedGod as well.
UPDATE: Makonnen has released an official statement on his departure to XXL. Read it below.
I cannot thank OVO, 40, Oliver, Future & Mr. Morgan, enough for all that they have done for my career. No words can express how much I appreciate Drake for being a part of the success of Tuesday. I’m sure the haters will have something negative to say, but all in all my choice to be solely on Warner Bros Records was the right thing for me and for my best interest. Sorry there’s no beef to report, DRINK MORE WATER.” ILOVEMAKONNEN