One of the things we can count on when it comes to NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series is that we'll learn something new. Whether you spot a new collectible on Bob Boilen's crowded desk, or discover that an artist has never seen the White House, you can't go wrong. This time the latest performer, and someone who missed a White House visit, is Portland rapper Aminé. The quirky emcee brought his talent and wit to the tiny desk ahead of wrapping up Tour For You, his first headlining U.S. tour. He performed three songs from his debut album, Good For You, along with his four-piece band and background singer Fahrelle Devine.
If for some reason you still don't know who Aminé is, you can't escape his breakout single "Caroline," which radio DJ's have played into the ground. He opened with the track, chopping it up and mixing it perfectly with his latest single "Spice Girl" as they flowed right in and out of each other. He later performed "Slide," slowing things down a tad as he harmonized with the band. Aminé then invited the audience to join him at a wedding with his last track "Wedding Crashers." With his unique style of rapping and perfect chemistry with the band, this was one of the cooler NPR performances we've seen in a while.
Aminé closes out his solo tour in Los Angeles this Thursday, but according to his hilariously interactive website it's sold out. If you don't have tickets and missed him in your city, don't fret because you can catch Aminé's live vibe from NPR's Tiny Desk right here.