Aminé made his television debut Tuesday with a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and used his moment in the spotlight to make a powerful political statement on Donald Trump and the election.
The 22-year-old Portland rapper has been making serious waves with his single “Caroline,” a sunny ode to a girl who’s “fine as hell” that has racked up more than 150 million streams.
His performance of “Caroline” begins behind a keyboard covered in bananas then includes a full band and backing vocals. But toward the end of the set, Aminé abandons script and raps a moving verse, criticizing president-elect Donald Trump.
“9/11, a day that we’re never forgetting. 11/9, a day that we’re all regretting,” he sang. “If my president is Trump, then it’s relevant enough to talk about it on TV and not give a…I’m black and I’m proud, my skin is brown and I’m loud. Everybody love it when a rapper tell some lines, well that ain’t me, homie, I guess that’s a surprise. America want to act all happy and holy, well deep down inside, they’re like Brad and Jolie. You can never make America great again, all you ever did was make this country hate again.”