With its crazy-catchy sound emulating sunshine and happiness, “Caroline” by rapper Aminé has become a viral hit. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Aminé has splashed onto the music scene with a genre-blurring sound reminiscent of Chance the Rapper, D.R.A.M., and Anderson Paak.
Performing under his middle name Aminé, Adam Daniel credits the beginning of his rap career to diss songs he and his friends made directed toward their rival high school. His parents, both Ethiopian immigrants, exposed him to a range of genres as a child, including everything from reggae to traditional indigenous African music to John Mayer. Daniel’s sound now tells the story of where he comes from and where he is going, while also being open enough to be your story too.
Now with over 30 million plays on Spotify, nearly 15 million views of the music video, and a co-sign and praise from Miguel, “Caroline” has rocketed to success in the short time since its release in June. A tribute to young lust and Quentin Tarantino movies, you can’t help but love the track when you listen to it for the first time. With a sick background beat drop and bouncy vibes, this song is every millennial’s dream.
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