Amine‘s debut album, Good For You, was one of my favorite projects from 2017 and frankly, he was the best hip hop act I saw at any of my five festivals last summer. Sorry Chance and Hov.
This Portland rapper has a lot more under his belt than “Caroline”. Good For You had collabs from superstars like Nelly, Kehlani, Offset, and Ty Dolla Sign. But on ONEPOINTFIVE, Amine taps some of the rap games’ shining up and comers like Rico Nasty, Gunna, and G Herbo. The albums are very different, I’ll say that much.
Pretty much out of thin air, Aminé dropped ONEPOINTFIVE, his sophomore follow-up to his summer breakout Good For You. I really love this album, and probably need a little bit more time to sit on it and digest it before making a claim on which album I like better.
But for now, here are my favorite songs from the album. I figured Youtube was the best way to go for single songs but I’ll link the album below. It’s really sad I had to leave so many jams off this list so make sure to give ONEPOINTFIVE a listen in full, front to back.
Aminé – SUGARPARENTS Ft. Rico Nasty
For SUGARPARENTS, an ode to sugar mommas and daddies everywhere, Aminé recruits one of the hottest female MCs in the game, Rico Nasty. Their voices contrast perfectly on SUGARPARENTS, with Aminé starting the song off and Rico bodying the follow-up verse. Even though this track is one of the album’s shortest it’s honestly one of the dopest.
Aminé – REEL IT IN
REEL IT IN shows off that he can spit just like these other “new wave” rappers. Aminé cut through into the rap game at a time oversaturated with mumble rap, singer/rapper hybrids.
Good For You didn’t really have that trap rap sound, but countless tracks on ONEPOINTFIVE show that his versatile flow and energy can turn any song he’s on into a banger. REEL IT IN channels all sorts of flows from Amine’s open book, story-telling, lyrically sound mind. REEL IT IN is certainly a top track on the album for me.
Aminé – TOGETHER
This one had more first album feels, and not just because he talks about weddings. TOGETHER is where he shows off the he still has a voice that is perfect for stuck in your head, radio yet flow-friendly jams. Whenever Aminé can be flexing those pipes, he should be.
Aminé – HICCUP Ft. Gunna
Gunna is blowing up, and blowing up fast. After being featured on Travis Scott and Young Thug’s most recent albums, he has now scored a spot going back to back with Aminé on “HICCUP”. Young Gunna’s voice goes perfectly with this laid-back, relaxed beat. No surprise Young Thug has Gunna signed to his label, the two sound practically identical.
“HICCUP” is another point of proof that Aminé can spit alongside some of the games youngest and brightest stars while outshining the rest of his generation of rappers on the way.
Aminé – RATCHET SATURN GIRL
“RATCHET SATURN GIRL” once again is an example of Aminé showing off that he can make trap rap as good or even better than others in the game. The first half is also one of my favorite beats on the whole project. Halfway through, the song turns into a love ballad with Aminé flaunting that stellar singing voice of his.
Aminé is a great example of a hip-hop renaissance man. He can crank out turned up bangers or he can provide emotional feels straight to the heart. Let’s hope for some more new music from the versatile Portland spitter soon, two albums worth just doesn’t seem close to enough.
My other stand out tracks on the album are “BLACKJACK”, “WHY”, “CHINGY”, and the intro DR. WHOEVER.