Portland rapper Aminé, whose debut record The New York Times described as “amiable, inventive and idiosyncratic, one of the year’s most intriguing hip-hop albums and also a bold statement of left-field pop”, is coming to Prague for his concert premiere.
It’s almost hard to believe that the rise of one of hip-hop’s most innovative ingenues happened in Portland, OR — a city more known for hipster rock, coffee, and, well, strip clubs. However, Aminé could very well change that perception. “You don’t ever think of a rapper or even a black guy coming out of Portland,” he asserts. “That’s just not a thing! However, there’s a fairly diverse subculture in the city that few people know about. It’s very different from what you would expect.”
Aminé’s breakthrough single Caroline (2016) peaked at #11 on Billboard Hot 100 Songs Chart and currently has over 230 million views on YouTube. “With ‘Caroline,’ I wanted to make an encouraging and fun record from Portland,” Aminé goes on. “It really happened in the moment, and it’s a feel good song.”