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While Amine runs through a few of the album’s highlights with Justin, the rapper confesses that this project is a “hip-hop” album. Having not released much music in 2019, Amine’s experience was vastly different creating this album as he expresses the new music reflects a new outlook on life as he experienced a quarter life crisis that has molded him into adulthood. The album takes the emcee off of his rap career pedestal to reassure his fans that he’s only human and just like everyone else. While the album has considerable standout tracks and features, including appearances from songstress Summer Walker, R&B legend Charlie Wilson, Young Thug and many more, Amine shared that “Woodlawn” and “Kobe” depicts his life as a Black kid growing up in a Portland, in a city that has been impacted by gentrification. He explains that he used to hoop with friends in the neighborhood and that the late Kobe Bryant was his idol during his childhood. Amine goes on to talk about why he decided to collab with the artists featured on his project, why he wanted to do justice by sampling ‘Ol Dirty Bastard, dedicating a song to his mother, and why he wanted this project to be a representation and reminder that his bars come first.
Watch the full Amine x L.A. Leakers interview below!