The freshly minted XXL Freshmen, after a brief string of singles, has finally announced a full length album “Good For You”, which is slated for release July 28. From “Caroline“, “Baba“, “REDMERCEDES”, and his single “Heebiejeebies” with Kehlani, Amine has never been one to shy away from sex wrapped in often playful and sometimes complex metaphors as fleshed out in Amine’s Genius breakdown of Caroline.
Amine’s character toggles between goofy, carefree and a steadfastness in his personal beliefs. If you follow the self titled Banana Boy on Twitter, you know he often makes exaggerated facial expressions, indecipherable jokes, does weird shit like eat banana bread in the shower, yet lays in the grass alongside bundles of bananas generally unbothered. This carefree black boy persona is further magnified by nonsensical video like this. Amine has also known to be racially-charged interactions as well in his work, such as in the music video REDMERCEDES in which he dons white face as a means of poking fun of prejudice as it pertains to class and appearance.
Yet the “Baba” rapper has also made less playful, more overt political statement as witnessed during his Jimmy Fallon performance back in 2016: when he remixed the ending of Caroline to address pressing issues in the U.S. such as the residual effects of 9/11, Trump’s divisive and brutal approach to politics, and bold proclamation such as “I’m black and proud. My skin is brown and loud”.
Amine’s approach to sexuality, humor, and socio-political immediacy are some of many topics we can expected from East African rapper’s premiere album. What I am hoping from the rapper is for him to blend his light-hearted carefree black boy nature to open up more about who he is as a person. Amine is a rapper who knows who he is in terms of sound and lyrical dexterity, although there is undoubtedly substantial room for growth. What makes Amine one of the best emerging rappers out right now is that he doesn’t take him so seriously. So much of rap is painfully steeped in hyper-masculinity and ways to use the female body, and while Amine does speak of sex, he does it in a way that women are also participants in the act. Much like No Name, Amine provides his audience a fresh outlook on common tropes–from a young man who has such a fondness for bananas.
Amine has won us over with his brilliant singles and so there is a lot to be expected from “Good For You”, a title that is both funny as much as it is sarcastic. “Good For You” is slated for July 28th, 2017, but in the meantime, enjoy more of Amine tomfoolery right here:
I.S. Jones is a writer, artist, etc. living in New York City. You can tweet her @isjonespoetry