Adam Aminé Daniel
Your time is now
“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