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The career of stylistically left-of-center rapper Aminé took off with the multi-platinum number 11 pop hit "Caroline" (2016) and continued to ascend with the gold-certified album Good for You (2017) and stardom-affected follow-up ONEPOINTFIVE (2018).
A native of Portland, Oregon, Adam Aminé Daniel rapped in high school but didn't take it seriously until after he graduated. It took him a while to find his voice, as heard on Odyssey to Me, a 2014 release the artist quickly put behind him. The radically improved Calling Brio followed a year later, boasting input from the likes of Kaytranada, Tek.Lun, and fellow Pacific Northwesterner Pasqué, as well as askew trap and tribal productions of Aminé's making.
Signed to Republic, Aminé made his major-label debut in 2016 with "Caroline," a freaky-flirty Pasqué collaboration that reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 the following January. Six months later -- just after XXL magazine included him in their 2017 Freshman Class feature -- Aminé issued Good for You, on which he was joined by Charlie Wilson, Ty Dolla $ign, Offset, and Kehlani. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 31 and eventually went gold.
A collaboration with the trio Injury Reserve, "Campfire," was released in April 2018 and was followed four months later by ONEPOINTFIVE. The reluctantly classified follow-up featured the lead single "Reel It In," among the project's songs informed by the downsides of Aminé's newfound fame. ~ Andy Kellman