It’s only been a few days, but it’s safe to say that Aminé has one of the best projects of the year. With features from Vince Staples, Young Thug, Summer Walker, Charlie Wilson and many others, the album, showcases the progression of the Portland native not only as an artist, but as a man. To celebrate the album’s release, he has partnered with YouTube to deliver a live performance of the album in its entirety on August 12, 2020.
One of the more endearing aspects of this project is its connection to Portland, Oregon. Lately, the world has come to know Portland for recent unrest, but to Aminé it’s home. From records like “Woodlawn” to the aforementioned “Shimmy video, the album reads very much like a love letter to his hometown. It also provides a bit of a history lesson for those who are not familiar with the Black community in the Oregon city.
— Aminé (@heyamine) August 10, 2020
“Woodlawn is the neighborhood that I grew up in,” he said in an interview.
“It used to be very much a part of the Black community. It’s kind of turned into a hipster park now, but it’s definitely the first place I got jumped. The first place I had my first fight in. Woodlawn represents a lot of good memories for me and my friends. Like our innocent adolescence,” he added.
I’ve aready told you too much about the project. It’s here and it’s time for you to experience it for yourself. Check out his live performance on YouTube on August 12, 2020 at 7 p.m.