“It feels good to keep his memory alive with the music we created," ILoveMakonnen tells the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast of his music with the late Lil Peep.
More than four years ago, rapper/singer ILoveMakonnen scored his first hit single with “Tuesday,” featuring Drake, which reached the top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold more than a million downloads in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. However, Makonnen didn’t return to the Hot 100 until this year, courtesy of the perhaps-unlikely pop radio hit “I’ve Been Waiting,” alongside his late friend and collaborator Lil Peep, and featured guests Fall Out Boy. (Lil Peep died in 2017.)
As it turns out, one shouldn’t be too surprised by the single becoming a hit, nor of its embrace at top 40 radio stations (its currently No. 15 on the Pop Songs airplay chart dated April 27, and marks Peep’s first hit on the list), as Makonnen and Peep had always intended for the cut to become a pop radio hit.
“This is what we sort of always dreamed of, and would have wanted, you know what I'm saying?” Makonnen tells the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen to the full interview, below). “When we made the music, I was telling him all this stuff like, 'We could be on pop radio!' And he was just smiling and laughing.”