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 and coffee. However, Aminéchanges that perception. From OutKast to Steven Spielberg, the artists who move culture forward don’t simply inhabit this world; they create their own. That’s exactly what Aminé did on his 2017 RIAA certified Gold full-length debut, Good For You [RepublicRecords]. Buoyed by his RIAA 4X Platinum breakout smash “Caroline,”, along with “REDMERCEDES,” “Spice Girl”, and “Wedding Crashers” [feat. Offset], the album immediately made an indelible impact upon arrival. XXLchose him for a coveted spot as one of its2017 “Freshman Class” cover stars. In his first major profile, The New York Timesdescribed the record as “amiable, inventive and idiosyncratic, one of the year’s most intriguing hip-hop albums and also a bold statement of left-field pop,”while Pitchforkappropriately called it “the soundtrack for an almost sober drive home.”Between explosive sets at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and beyond, he delivered show-stopping performances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, NPR’s Tiny Deskand more, solidifying himself as one of today’s musical forces of nature.