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ILOVEMAKONNEN has parted ways with Drake’s OVO Sound label, a rep confirmed to Inverse on Monday (Apr. 18). The Atlanta artist, who signed to the Canadian superstar’s imprint back in 2014, previously released the projects ILOVEMAKONNEN2 and Drink More Water 5 under OVO Sound/Warner Bros. Records. The 27-year-old’s latest project, Drink More Water 6, was released via Warner Bros. Records only.

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In recent months, there’s been speculation that MAKONNEN was off OVO Sound. In an interview with FADER last year, there appeared to be issues when asked about the label. “It’s cool,” he said. “They put out my music and stuff and we just keep it moving. Let them tell you their relationship with Makonnen. I’m just an artist, being an artist, and there’s only so much that I can do.”

Those rumors died down when MAKONNEN revealed an OVO Sound compilation LP album was in the works, during an interview on HuffPost Live in March.

A collaboration album? I can’t say too much,” said MAKONNEN during the sit down. “It exists. We’ll just see when it comes out.” The official OVO Sound website still has ILOVEMAKONNEN listed as an artist under their label.

ILOVEMAKONNEN and Drake have collaborated on only one record, the Grammy-nominated “Tuesday” remix.

UPDATE: A rep from Warner Bros. Records confirms to XXL that ILOVEMAKONNEN is no longer with OVO. MAKONNEN releases a statement that can be read 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

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Previously: ILOVEMAKONNEN Feat. Lil’ B – “Can’t Let It Go”