Editors’ Notes By the time he was awarded a spot in XXL magazine’s 2017 “freshman class,” Aminé’s name had been mispronounced so regularly that he wore a shirt on the issue’s cover ridiculing the most common mistakes. For the record, it’s “Ah-MEE-nay,” and even after his breakout hit “Caroline” fades, we’re likely to be hearing it for some time. The Portland, Oregon, rapper’s debut beams with versatility, his styles ranging from dancehall toasting to modern R&B to cafeteria table bars. The guest list is likewise diverse, including Offset, Kehlani, and hip-hop’s own “uncle” Charlie Wilson, who appears numerous times.

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