Aminé is an American rapper who is the son of Eritrean-Ethiopian immigrants. His parents moved to the United States in the 1990s, where both of them worked hard to achieve their idea of the “American Dream.”
Aminé graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School, moving on to attending Portland State University. However, shortly after his attendance, he dropped out to focus on his music career, a decision that was both risky but eventually lucrative.
After releasing a series of mixtapes, Aminé got his big break after releasing a single titled Caroline. The song, although simple in subject matter, is undeniably catchy and proved to audiences that Aminé was a rapper to keep an eye on.
After releasing his debut album, Good For You, Aminé’s recognition skyrocketed, not just for his ability to create music that makes you feel good, but to implement social commentary seamlessly as well.
In 2017, Aminé did an interview with The New York Times about his rise as a rapper and his focus on politics. As the son of two immigrants and a Black man in America, Aminé sees his music as a platform to not only speak out against injustice, but to have some fun with it too. Aminé’s sense of humor shines through his music, which is seen in songs like CANTU from his 2018 album ONEPOINTFIVE, in which he comically tells a white woman to stop touching his hair. It’s the sort of lighthearted commentary only Aminé could pull off.
Aminé is an artist that has mastered blending fun, silly topics with important criticisms of America’s shortcomings. With only three albums in his name, Aminé is just getting started. With every new album, his flow evolves, his delivery becomes more confident, and his production becomes more nuanced. Aminé is undoubtedly one of the most talented Diaspora rappers in the game.