Adam Aminé Daniel

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“F**k a for­tune teller, they can’t tell me who I am/I’m a yel­low mel­low fel­low and my cousin is the sun/I’m Aminé to my nig­gas and An­imé to a punk.”

This sunny, funny fel­low is Aminé, pro­nounced ah-mee-nay, and his al­bum Good For You is quite lit­eral in its de­scrip­tion. Aminé is good for you. From Port­land, Ore­gon, the 23-year-old spent his sum­mers in­tern­ing in New York in places such as Com­plex mag­a­zine and the record la­bel Def Jam, try­ing to make his break any­where but Port­land, an is­sue he ad­dresses in Turf, which de­tails the gen­tri­fi­ca­tion hap­pen­ing in the place he grew up. All the while, he was re­leas­ing mix tapes, which even­tu­ally led to the cre­ation of Good for You.

When most of his hip-hop peers fo­cus on the doom and gloom of love, life and wim­min, Aminé takes the up­beat route. From the bright yel­low of his al­bum cover, and the Key & Peele-style hu­mour in his mu­sic video for REDMERCEDE­S that ridicules racial pro­fil­ing, Aminé de­liv­ers jokes, so­cial com­men­tary and, gen­er­ally, just a bang-on per­son­al­ity. The per­fect com­bi­na­tion for our new VBF.

On his re­cent sin­gle Spice Girl , he claims that what he re­ally, re­ally wants is a Spice Girl, and, clocking up mul­ti­ple ref­er­ences to the almighty girl group and a cameo from Mel B in the video, he proves that he’s more than just a ca­sual fan. On Novem­ber 15th, 2016, one week af­ter Trump’s elec­tion win, he made his TV de­but on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fal­lon and, dur­ing his per­for­mance of Caro­line, he added an ex­tra verse for the new pres­i­dent. “If my pres­i­dent is Trump then it’s rel­e­vant enough to talk about it on TV and not give a (gasp)/ I’m black and I’m proud/My skin is brown and I’m loud,” he rapped, “You can never make Amer­ica great again/All you ever did was make this coun­try hate again.” With his hawk-eyed ob­ser­va­tions, Aminé is the vi­brant dose of re­al­ism and op­ti­mism that you need right now to get you through the day. Aminé plays his first Ir­ish show at The But­ton Fac­tory, Dublin, on De­cem­ber 7th

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