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Aminé performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2017
Background information
Adam Aminé Daniel
Born (1994-04-18) April 18, 1994 (age 23)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • director
Labels Republic

Adam Aminé Daniel (born April 18, 1994), know professionally as Aminé, 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

The son of Ethiopian and Eritrean immigrants[3] who emigrated 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]


2014-2015: Career beginnings

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 would then follow up on his debut mixtape with his second mixtape, Calling Brío, which was released on August 31, 2015.[3][7]

2016-present: Mainstream breakthrough and Good for You

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 Crashes" 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] He would then be featured on Rejjie Snow's single titled "Egyptian Luvr" on January 16, 2018.[25][26][27]

Personal life

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."[28] Aminé has stated before that he wants to branch out into directing film and fashion.[29]


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."[30][31][32][33][34]

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."[35]


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions

Good for You
  • Released: July 28, 2017[40]
  • Label: CLBN, Republic
  • Format: Digital download, CD
31 19 15 59


List of mixtapes, with selected details
Title Album details
Odyssey to Me
Calling Brío
  • Released: August 31, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


Title Album details
En Vogue
  • Released: September 4, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist

List of singles, showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

US Rap
"Caroline" 2016 11 5 4 33 16 Good for You
"Baba" -- -- -- -- -- Non-album singles
"REDMERCEDES" 2017 -- -- -- -- --
(featuring Kehlani)
-- -- -- -- -- Good for You
"Turf" -- -- -- -- --
"Wedding Crashers"
(featuring Offset)
-- -- -- -- --
"Spice Girl"[47] -- -- -- -- --

As featured artist

Title Year Album
"Egyptian Luvr"[48]
(Rejjie Snow featuring Aminé and Dana Williams)
2018 Dear Annie

Promotional singles

Title Year Album
"Warm on a Cold Night" (Remix)[49]
(Honne featuring Aminé)
2017 Non-album singles
"REDMERCEDES" (Remix)[16]
(featuring Missy Elliott and AJ Tracey)
"Blinds"[50] Good for You
"Squeeze"[24] Non-album single

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Thru the Tundra"[51] 2016 Karma Kid Man of the Year EP
"Vice"[52] 2017 Jay Prince Late Summers

Music videos

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Caroline" 2016 Adam "Aminé" Daniel[53][13]
"Spice Girl"


Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2017 BET Hip Hop Awards[55] Best New Hip Hop Artist Himself Nominated


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  17. ^ Berry, Peter (May 26, 2017). "Amine and Kehlani Collaborate on "Heebiejeebies"". XXL. Retrieved 2018. 
  18. ^ "XXL Freshman 2017 Cover Revealed". XXL. June 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "Aminé Connects With Charlie Wilson for New Single "Turf"". HypeBeast. June 16, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  20. ^ "Offset, Nelly Featured on Amine's 'Good for You' Album Tracklist". XXL. Retrieved 2017. 
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  22. ^ Craighead, Olivia (July 21, 2017). "Aminé Teams Up With Offset For "Wedding Crashers"". The Fader. Retrieved 2018. 
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  25. ^ Cho, Regina (January 17, 2018). "Rejjie Snow Links With Amine, Dana Williams and Kaytranada on 'Egyptian Luvr'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018. 
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  29. ^ "Behind the Creativity of Aminé's Bright & Colorful Style: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved . 
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  33. ^ "Aminé Debuts a Surprise Anti-Trump Anthem on the 'Jimmy Fallon'". ELLE. 2016-11-17. Retrieved . 
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  45. ^ "Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Music Canada. Retrieved 2017. 
  46. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 24, 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  47. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases". All Access. Retrieved 2017. 
  48. ^ Myers, Owen. "Rejjie Snow's link-up with Aminé and Kaytranada is a wavy and wistful jam". The Fader. Retrieved 2018. 
  49. ^ "Warm on a Cold Night (feat. Amine) - Single by HONNE on Apple Music". iTunes. March 31, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
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  51. ^ "Man of the Year - EP by Karma Kid on Apple Music". iTunes. September 16, 2016. Retrieved 2018. 
  52. ^ "Late Summers by Jay Prince on Apple Music". iTunes. June 2, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
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