Aminé Limbo Album Review

By Syed Islam, Staff Writer

Hip-hop has quickly risen in popularity during the past few years, especially among youth. Social media apps, such as SoundCloud, help aspiring artists establish a fanbase of their own more easily. There are more young rappers now than there were 10 years ago. One of these rising rappers is Aminé. Aminé has had great success since the beginning of his rapping career. He released his first album, Good for You at the young age of 23, and had one of the songs reach around 303 million views on YouTube. A year after releasing Good for You, he released his second album in 2018 called ONEPOINTFIVE. However, this album faced more criticism than compliments. Now, nearly two years later, the artist released his latest album, Limbo, an attempt to redeem himself from his past failure.


The album starts with the song named Burden. The intro track for the album is a hard-hitting one as it talks about race issues in America. The song also incorporates the use of a creepy beat and jazz instruments to emphasize Black culture in America. The theme of racism is continuous throughout the album; however, a new theme is introduced in the second song. In Woodlawn, Aminé goes on to talk about how the death of Kobe Bryant, one of his childhood heroes, personally affected his life. The first half of the album proceeds somewhat repetitively, including the same type of rhythm and flow in each new song. However, Compensating, featuring Young Thug is somewhat different from the rest. This song employs the use of a very catchy and mellow rhythm throughout the song. The song reaches its peak when Young Thug and Aminé collaborate on one of the verses, and that is also when the songs pick up the pace, which leaves the audience feeling energized. Then, the album continues the same theme it had in the beginning until it reaches near the climax. The last three songs of the album are different from the rest because they definitely lack the rap portion that the first two-thirds of the album had and instead uses vocals to create tunes.


Overall, Aminé’s new album was nothing short of the redemption that he wanted. It is a 7.5 from me because of the consistency of the songs and mood during the whole album. While the songs might be somewhat repetitive, Aminé manages to keep it unique by incorporating some R&B into the album. Regardless of whether or not you are an Aminé fan, the album is enjoyable for anyone that likes hip-hop.