Aminé (rapper)

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Aminé performing at South by Southwest, 2017
Background information
Birth nameAdam Aminé Daniel
Born (1994-04-18) April 18, 1994 (age 25)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • director
Years active2014–present
Associated acts

Adam Aminé Daniel (born April 18, 1994) is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his commercial debut single, "Caroline", which peaked at number 11 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] Aminé released his debut studio album Good for You, on July 28, 2017.[2]

Early life[edit]

The son of Eritrean and Ethiopian immigrants[3] who immigrated to the US in the early 1990s, Aminé's mother worked at a post office and his father was a teacher and translator part-time.[4] Aminé was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He grew up wanting to play basketball, but was cut from Benson Polytechnic's basketball team freshman and sophomore year. His rap career then began to come into fruition when he would make diss tracks about rival high schools, Grant High School and Lincoln High School.

Aminé attended Portland State University and studied marketing.[5] Aminé also worked as an intern at the hip-hop publication Complex.[6]


2014–15: Beginnings[edit]

Aminé began his career after the release of his debut mixtape, Odyssey to Me, which was released on January 17, 2014. Aminé also went on to release his debut extended play (EP), En Vogue, on September 4, 2014. Aminé followed up on his debut mixtape with his second mixtape, Calling Brío, which was released on August 31, 2015.[3][7]

2016–17: Breakthrough and Good for You[edit]

On March 9, 2016, Aminé released his debut single titled, "Caroline". Aminé went on to release his self-directed music video for "Caroline" through his Vevo channel on YouTube on June 1, 2016.[8] The song debuted at number 96 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and would later rise to number 11.[1] In June 2017, the song was certified three-times platinum by the RIAA.[9]

In August 2016, Aminé partnered with Republic Records. Aminé went on to release his second single under Republic Records, titled "Baba" on November 4, 2016, following the success of "Caroline".[10] On November 15, 2016, Aminé performed "Caroline" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[11]

On March 9, 2017, Aminé released a new single titled, "REDMERCEDES".[12] The music video for the song was released on April 7, 2017 through his Vevo channel on YouTube.[13] The song had been praised for being influenced by early 2000s rap, such as songs by Missy Elliott.[14] The official remix of the song features vocals from Missy Elliott and AJ Tracey.[15] The remix was released to iTunes on May 26, 2017.[16] Aminé went on to release another single on the same day titled, "Heebiejeebies" which features vocals from Kehlani.[17]

Aminé was named as one of the ten members of XXL's "2017 Freshman Class" on June 13, 2017.[18] Aminé went on to release the single "Turf" three days later.[19]

On June 22, 2017, Aminé announced and revealed the album's title and cover of his debut studio album titled Good for You.[20] Leading up to the release of the album, Aminé released the singles "Blinds" and "Wedding Crashers" featuring vocals from rapper Offset.[21][22] Good for You was released on July 28, 2017.[2] The album debuted at number 31 on the US Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 13,000 copies first week.[23] Following the release of Good for You, Aminé released the single "Squeeze" on October 21, 2017.[24]

2018–present: OnePointFive[edit]

On January 16, 2018, Aminé was featured on Rejjie Snow's single titled "Egyptian Luvr".[25][26][27] Aminé later released the single "Campfire" featuring Injury Reserve on April 6.[28] After teasing a 2018 project release, the project, titled OnePointFive, was announced on August 14, 2018, alongside the cover art, tracklist and its release date. The album was released to the public on August 15.[29][30] Aminé also was featured in the soundtrack for the 2018 animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Personal life[edit]

Aminé currently lives in Los Angeles.[4] Aminé has listed Quentin Tarantino as his favorite director and has said about him "Tarantino is just one of those guys who's in his own lane, which I admire immensely — I just really love the artist and the mind that creates the art."[31] Aminé has stated before that he wants to branch out into directing film and fashion.[32]


Aminé is an outspoken critic of U.S. President Donald Trump.[4] During Aminé's television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on November 15, 2016, Aminé performed a remixed version of the song "Caroline". At the end of the performance, Aminé performed a verse dedicated to the results of the 2016 United States presidential election saying the lines:

9/11, a day that we never forgetting, 11/9, a day that we all regrettin', If my president is Trump then it's relevant enough to talk 'bout it on TV and not give a... I'm black, and I'm proud my skin is brown and I'm loud, everybody love it when a rapper tells some lies well that ain't me, homie, I guess that's a surprise America wanna act all happy and holy but deep down inside they're like Brad and Jolie, Caroline divine and I won't get specific, Club Banana the illest and it's too terrific, You can never make America great again, all you ever did was make this country hate again.[33][34][35][36][37]

When speaking about Trump's immigration policy during the 2016 presidential campaign, Aminé said, "My parents are immigrants to this country, they came to this country for a better opportunity just like everyone else."[38]



Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2017 BET Hip Hop Awards[41] Best New Hip Hop Artist Himself Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Aminé – Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Good For You by Aminé on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Singer, Matthew (22 March 2016). "Introducing: Aminé". Willamette Week. Mark Zusman. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Caramanica, Jon (2017-07-27). "Meet Aminé, a Joyful Rapper With an Eye on Politics". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  5. ^ "Crystal Ballroom - 3 Days in Portland featuring AMINEA2The Last Artful, Dodgr - McMenamins". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  6. ^ "Aminé Remembers the Time Mero Made Fun of Him at Complex". Vice. 2017-08-31. Retrieved 2017-09-29.
  7. ^ "Aminé - 10 New Artists You Need to Know: November 2016". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  8. ^ AmineVEVO (1 June 2016). "Aminé - Caroline" – via YouTube.
  9. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Baba - Single by Aminé on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  11. ^ AmineVEVO (2017-01-06), Aminé -Caroline (Live On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon), retrieved 2017-01-10
  12. ^ "Amine Takes a Ride in His "RedMercedes" on New Song". XXL. Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  13. ^ AmineVEVO (April 7, 2017). "Aminé - REDMERCEDES". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "Screenshot". Lightshot. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  15. ^ Berry, Peter (May 19, 2017). "Missy Elliott and AJ Tracey Jump on Amine's 'RedMercedes' Remix". XXL. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  16. ^ "REDMERCEDES (Remix) [feat. Missy Elliott & AJ Tracey - Single by Aminé on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  17. ^ Berry, Peter (May 26, 2017). "Amine and Kehlani Collaborate on "Heebiejeebies"". XXL. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  19. ^ "Aminé Connects With Charlie Wilson for New Single "Turf"". HypeBeast. June 16, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  20. ^ "Offset, Nelly Featured on Amine's 'Good for You' Album Tracklist". XXL. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
  21. ^ Dandridge-Lemco, Ben (June 30, 2017). "Listen To Aminé's New Single "Blinds"". The Fader. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  22. ^ Craighead, Olivia (July 21, 2017). "Aminé Teams Up With Offset For "Wedding Crashers"". The Fader. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  23. ^ "HITS Daily Double". Hits Daily Double. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  24. ^ "Squeeze - Single by Aminé on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  25. ^ Cho, Regina (January 17, 2018). "Rejjie Snow Links With Amine, Dana Williams and Kaytranada on 'Egyptian Luvr'". Billboard. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  26. ^ Fresh, Mikey (January 17, 2018). "Rejjie Snow Debuts "Egyptian Luvr" Video With Aminé & Kaytranada". The Fader. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  27. ^ Gore, Sydney (January 16, 2018). "Rejjie Snow, Aminé & Kaytranda Make Musical Magic On "Egyptian Lurv"". TRL. Retrieved January 20, 2018.
  28. ^ "Campfire (feat. Injury Reserve) - Single by Aminé on Apple Music". iTunes. April 6, 2018. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  29. ^ "Aminé on Twitter: "TONIGHT" @heyamine". Twitter. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  30. ^ "Aminé on Twitter: "Cover + Tracklist" @heyamine". Twitter. August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  31. ^ "How Tarantino & OutKast Shaped Aminé's Breakout Hit "Caroline"". Genius. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  32. ^ "Behind the Creativity of Aminé's Bright & Colorful Style: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  33. ^ "Aminé Flips His "Caroline" Hit Into An Anti-Trump Anthem On 'The Tonight Show'". Genius. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  34. ^ "Aminé Made A Political Statement With His Tonight Show Performance". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  35. ^ "Rapper Aminé Slams Donald Trump in Moving 'Tonight Show' Debut". 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  36. ^ "Aminé Debuts a Surprise Anti-Trump Anthem on the 'Jimmy Fallon'". ELLE. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  37. ^ "A Young Rapper's Bold Anti-Trump Message on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  38. ^ Magazine, Tadias. "Rolling Stone: Ethiopian American Aminé Among 10 New Artists You Need to Know at Tadias Magazine". Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  39. ^ "Amine Embarking On 'Tour For You' With Towkio". Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  40. ^ "Amine Announces 'TourPointFive' Tour 2018 Dates - Tickets on Sale". Tickets at TicketHub. 2018-08-28. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  41. ^ Johnson, Cherise (September 21, 2017). "Cardi B, DJ Khaled & Kendrick Lamar Lead Nominations For 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards". HipHopDX. Retrieved January 21, 2018.

External links[edit]

Aminé's Instagram Account