Aminé popped up on our radar last summer with a dark horse candidate for Song of the Summer: “Caroline.” It was infectious, bouncy, jokey and witty all wrapped in one, reaching as high as No. 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100 — pretty impressive for a kid from Portland’s debut single.
He runs deeper than just being able to make moves on the chart, though. His first late-night TV performance promoting the song came just a couple days after Donald Trump was elected president. He encapsulated the feelings of a lot of the country, which, outside of a draining presidential election, was in the middle of another eruption of police brutality being displayed all across social media. On The Tonight Show, he rapped: “You can never make America great again/All you ever did was make this country hate again,” closing out a poignant verse that caught many by surprise, especially following bubbly lyrics like “Bad thang, fine as hell, thick as fuck/Oh my god, that’s my baby.”
His debut album – Good For You — was announced months and months afterward, with singles like “REDMERCEDES” (which got the sign-of-approval from Missy Elliott) , “HeebieJeebies” with Kehlani and “Turf” featuring Uncle Charlie Wilson already released as follow-ups to “Caroline.” Since the announcement, we’ve got a couple more singles from the 15-track album, including “Blinds” and “Wedding Crashers” with Offset. He was crowned an XXL Freshman, too.
But the album, years in the making, has now been released to the public. With additional features from Nelly, Ty Dolla $ign and another from Charlie Wilson, you can stream Good For You below. Cop the project on iTunes, too.