Back in February, when 2020 seemed vast and full of potential, Rose City rapper Aminé dropped possibly the most Portland music video of all time, with a pointed opening line: "Let's not front / It's my year." After laying low for a few months, it looks like he’s ready to make good on that promise.
On Tuesday afternoon, UK electronic duo Disclosure pushed out the latest single from their upcoming LP Energy: a breathy dance floor burner called "My High" that pairs Aminé with British emcee slowthai. The video, directed by Simon Cahn (whose credits include visuals for Danny Brown), sees a gurney-bound ER patient take an incredible journey through Los Angeles while Aminé chants "please don't fuck up my high" in a purple tracksuit. It rules.
And it comes hot on the heels of another Aminé video—for solo single "Riri" from his still-untitled upcoming album—which hit last Wednesday. "You love Rihanna, but you ain't a savage," he starts over a sunny, twitchy Pasqué beat, namechecking the elusive hitmaker and peaking fans' hopes:
y’all keep telling me to get rihanna in the video— Aminé (@heyamine) June 23, 2020
now how tf imma do that lmaoooo
Even sans Rih, the clip is a very good time. As in "My High," Aminé foregoes Portland for sunny LA, where he brandishes a blunt in a car, dances in a parking garage, and takes a bunch of pictures of himself. When the video dropped, so did some accompanying merch, including this Rose City Cinema t-shirt, with 30 percent of the proceeds going to the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP.