Stylistically left-of-center rapper Adam Daniel, who goes by his middle name, Aminé, rapped in high school but didn't take it seriously until after he graduated.
It took a while for the Portland, Oregon native to find his voice, as heard on Odyssey to Me, a derivative 2014 release the rapper quickly put behind him. Boasting productions from the likes of Kaytranada
, Tek.Lun, and fellow Pacific Northwesterner Pasqué, as well as some askew trap and tribal beat-making of his own, the radically improved Calling Brio followed a year later. Signed to Republic
, Aminé made his major-label debut in 2016 with "Caroline," a sparse, sweeping Pasqué collaboration that crossed into the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 that September. He followed with "REDMERCEDES," a popping blend of Vince Staples
and Missy Elliot
. Further singles issued in 2017 included "Heebiejeebies," "Turf," and "Blinds." ~ Andy Kellman