Clever wordplay is a recurring pattern on Aminé’s Good For You. Last summer, the 23-year-old Ethiopian rapper released his debut single, “Caroline,” which has since gone three times platinum. This past Friday, Aminé released his long-awaited debut album; a collection of fifteen songs as charming, light-hearted, and unique as the rapper himself.
What sets Good For You apart from this year’s previous hip-hop releases is Aminé’s clever puns. While the album isn’t as “woke” as albums like DAMN. or I Decided, each track includes well-thought out wordplay guaranteed to make anyone smirk or crack a smile. Below are five lines from Good For You that elicited a slightly harder-than-usual breath from my nose.
- “If we’re being blunt, I really want to fuck Emily.” – The album opens with the Ty Dolla $ign-assisted “Veggies.” At first, it took me a second to realize Aminé was making a reference to the Girl on the Train actress, but when I finally got it, I definitely made a bit of a stank-face. This opening track made for a perfect introduction to Aminé’s writing style and what to expect from the following 14 tracks.
- “Stuntin’ with my dawgs like my first name Cruella.” – On this particular line, the “dawgs” Aminé is most likely referring to are most likely his personal squad. However, on “Yellow,” he makes a reference to Cruella De Vil from Disney’s 101 Dalmations. Let’s be honest, with her collection of pups, Cruella De Vil was definitely stunting on everyone in London.
- “I need a Spice Girl. Zig-a-zig-ah, fuck up my whole world. Posh when she talk, nothin’ like ol’ girl. Scary and Sporty, tell her what I want, what I really, really want is a Spice Girl.” – 90s babies will love the references Aminé makes on “Spice Girl,” which is arguably the best song on the album. On “Spice Girl,” Aminé seeks a female partner who is “posh when she talk,” as well as “scary” and “sporty.” These adjectives are references to Spice Girl members Posh Spice, Scary Spice, and Sporty Spice. If you don’t remember the names of the Spice Girls, surely you’d immediately catch onto the “zig-a-zig-ah,” and “what I really, really want” lines, which refer to the Spice Girls’s biggest hit, “Wannabe.”
- “Tender loving care, I see the money with my left eye.” – On “Money,” Aminé makes another slick reference the 90s babies will love. He makes quick nod to late TLC member, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.
- “I’ve never seen your type of species, give me heebiejeebies, attitude Khaleesi” – This line from the album’s closing track, “Heebiejeebies,” is less of a pun and more of a name drop. However, this reference seems appropriately timed with the current hype surrounding HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Aminé’s debut album, Good for You is currently available for purchase and streaming on all digital music outlets. Be sure to give it a listen and share your favorite one-liner in the comments!