An Afternoon in Aminé’s World – Complex

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I’m at a café in Los Angeles, waiting for Aminé to arrive. It’s the kind of friendly neighborhood spot where everyone seems to know each other and small dogs are welcome. I order a coffee and walk outside in the sun, scanning the street for any signs of the 27-year-old rapper.

When I look over my shoulder, I’m surprised to see he’s already standing right next to me. Apparently I had been looking in the wrong direction this whole time, because he didn’t take a car here. He pulled up solo on a bike, which is easily the most low-key way I’ve ever seen an artist show up to an interview.

Aminé greets me with a polite hello, and as he stands on the sidewalk with his hands buried in the pockets of a black Arc’teryx vest, he gives off a zen-like energy. He tells me he microdosed mushrooms this morning, which might have something to do with his calm demeanor, but I get the sense he’s always this laid-back and approachable.

Don’t get me wrong—Aminé could flex on me if he wanted to. On the day we meet in early November, his new project TwoPointFive is the No. 3 album on Apple Music’s hip-hop charts, behind only Drake’s Certified Lover Boy and Kanye West’s Donda. Just two days later, he’ll attend the glitzy CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City as a guest of designer Thom Browne, seated at a table with Hollywood elite like Cara Delevingne and Anya Taylor-Joy. 

And that bike he showed up on? Well, it’s not as humble of a ride as you might think. It’s a VanMoof e-bike, which was recently featured in a Highsnobiety article called “Frank Ocean’s Favorite Bike Is Better Than a Tesla.” Aminé is a naturally mellow guy, but he knows how to enjoy the perks of his success, too.

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