It’s one thing to record a song and have regular people like it enough to listen to a few times and share it with some of their friends. That is what happened to Atlanta artist ILOVEMAKONNEN. It’s another thing to have Drake like it so much that he just had throw down a guest verse on it. This also happened to ILOVEMAKONNEN. His breezy jam “Club Goin’ Up On a Tuesday” was already a favorite when it was posted to his Soundcloud one month ago. But then Drake, who’s always tries to spotlight lesser-known musicians, got a hold of it and liked it so much that he just had to lay down an opening verse. ILOVEMAKONNEN detailed how it went down to Noisey:
OVO reached out to me about ten days ago and were like, “Yo, we like your music, we like that “Wrist” song.” This was OVO Brian. I don’t remember if he mentioned Drake, but he said something like, “We’re fucking with your shit. We’re going to holler at you soon.” So I was like, “Cool.” So two nights ago, everybody is blowing my phone up, people from Warner and shit, and they’re like, “Yo, send me that ‘Club Goin’ Up’ so we can get a remix—we’re trying to do a big play and do something for you.”
He then goes on to describe the exact moment he found out:
I didn’t hear it till it was out. It was crazy. I didn’t hear it till it was on the net. Me and my friends were all together and we listened to it, and I was just like, “This isn’t real. This isn’t real.” And I heard my chorus and shit and I was like, “Yeah, Drake’s not on this.” And then he jumps on and is like, “Squad goin’ up,” and I was like, “Oh fuck, it’s Drake!”
And now, thanks to the magic of YouTube, we have video of that exact moment. This is what it looks like when an unknown musician finds out that the one of rap’s biggest stars is really, really into your shit and your life is about to change and stuff.
And here’s the full version of the song.