According to Aminé, Tuesdays in San Diego are reserved for sold-out musical performances at SOMA.
On February 8, Aminé traveled to the West Coast for the fifth leg of his Best Tour Ever Tour. SOMA, a local music venue, hosted the Portland, Oregon-based rapper, along with special guest artists 454 and Cochise. Anime has announced their 33-stop tour to perform their new EP/mixtape named “TWOPOINTFIVE.”
The bright neon-colored cover art hinted at the fun hyperpop music fans could expect to hear from this project. Aminé first gained popularity after her debut single “Caroline” in 2016, which landed 11th on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Since then, Aminé has released three albums/mixtapes, “Good for you”, “OnePointFive” and “Limbo”. They were all different projects that showed off the rapper’s unique voice, hard-hitting verses, and fun, creative cadences. “TWOPOINTFIVE” was nothing short of her previous hits.
Fans of all ages lined up outside two hours before the venue doors opened. Florida rapper 454 opened the show, followed by rapper Cochise.
When Aminé jumped onstage through the door props of her neighborhood market while singing “Mad Funny Freestyle,” fans got to tour her town in Portland, especially her Woodlawn Park neighborhood. Accompanying her on stage was a 10-foot statue of her dog Oliver, who can also be seen in the music video for the song “Charmander.” A neon colored sign on stage in the shape of the state of Oregon, The Best Tour Ever Tour. Aminé talked about the life-size Alberta Market, which he says “is the best place to get fried chicken in Portland.” Also on stage was a replica of the Broadway Bridge and a sign that Woodlawn Park was open from 5 a.m. to midnight. Aminé’s shirt paid homage to his hometown where he grew up with the Dekum and Martin Luther King Jr. crossing sign. His pants were marked with patches of states his tour had visited. At the start of the show, the Portland rapper, joined by DJ Madison, asked the spectators to shout “I know” after each time they said “You’re beautiful”. They continued like this as the night wore on.
“TWOPOINTFIVE” featured a new sound of strong melodic hooks accompanied by less aggressive percussion, the true blend of pop rap. Aminé performed most of the songs on the new mixtape like “YiPiYaY,” which has a catchy tempo and catchy lyrics. He
then burst into dancing onstage as the crowd sang “NEO.” Fans also got a taste of the rapper’s previous projects, songs like “Reel it in”, “Woodlawn” and “Redmercedes” were performed. Sitting on a stool, Aminé slowed down the tempo and played “Burden”, a song from his second album “LIMBO”. The artist’s range was well displayed through playful backing vocals, upbeat tempos and high-pitched vocals.
The show really captured the intentions of the album: to have fun, dance and enjoy life. Aminé’s fans were relentless, keeping the energy high. The packed house sang with the rapper all night and Aminé said “San Diego, I think this is the smallest show on the tour so far.” Fans left the show soaked in sweat and sore from jumping all night. It couldn’t have gone better.