“As a black artist it’s hard to get into the movie world. Period. It’s very hard for African American movie directors, or writers, or producers, or executives, whatever it is. To get that kind of nod from a very white, popular male in Hollywood who’s positive and non-problematic… I’ve had that idea for a long time, but the fact that like Jack Black saw it and said let’s do it, that’s a big deal for me.”
That idea is a ‘School of Rock’ remake, ‘School of Rap’ and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect. As Aminé puts it, “Rap is the new rock”.
“Literally 13-year-olds in white suburbia only want to listen to ‘hood music.”
While movie making will likely play a role in Aminé’s future, he doesn’t like the idea of doing too many things at once. Those ‘Photographer, Journalist, Rapper, Director’ Instagram bios make him cringe. He sees it as a problem with his generation, that everyone wants to do everything.
“It’s like dude pick one thing,” he says, exasperated.
So for now Aminé is all about the music. Album two is on the way, but not finished just yet. He doesn’t like to rush things, so in the background he’s slowly building relation- ships with his favourite artists. Making sure that when the time comes for features, he’s in the studio with the best.
‘Good For You’ was a serious debut with Offset, Charlie Wilson, Kehlani, Ty Dolla Sign and Nelly all lending a verse. Aminé cut his teeth on that record, admitting that when he started making the album he didn’t understand how the industry worked. Of the five features, he was only in the room with Kehlani and Wilson. His label organised the rest, and while that’s just how it goes with first albums, this time around he’s got rules.
“Every feature that’s on it I need to know the artists and I have to really be there. I’m a fan of people like Kanye West. When he was making ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ it was rules set in the studio. No tweeting, no Instagram, it was just dope.”
Aminé is taking his sophomore release very seriously. He’s already been working hard on it for over a year now and when his European tour wraps it’s straight back to the studio. He doesn’t seem to switch off much and even when he does, he’s creating. In 2018 his downtime involved firing out an ‘EPLPMixtapeAlbum’ in the form of ‘ONEPOINTFIVE’ and succeeding to a level that some artists will only ever dream of.
“I made ‘Reel It In’ in 15 or 20 minutes, I made Black- jack in 15 minutes,” he tells me as casually.
“These songs were quick, and we wanted to make them fun. I made these songs as an exercise for my brain because I had been working on my second album for about a year before that. We’d been working on it, working on it, working on it, and I was just so tired from taking this music thing so seriously that I wanted to make just ratchet, fun music and that’s what we made.”
Ratchet, fun music, maybe, but Aminé has secured his name as one of the biggest in the game. Who knows what he’s going to do next? It’s looking like we’ll get album number two pretty soon, maybe we’ll get a blockbuster. Either way, we’re here for it. As are the legion of Aminé die-hards, ready and waiting to support their rap god in the creative direction of his choosing. Just don’t pop out and pull a phone on him, especially when he’s eating. Speaking of eating, Aminé’s Nando’s has arrived, and that’s my cue to leave.
‘ONEPOINTFIVE’ is out now.