By Manna Zel
After her 2017 hit “Pine & Ginger” amassed 25 million global streams, Amindi stepped back to hone in on her songwriting skills and create her own hip-pop and R&B style. A 20-year-old singer and songwriter born to Jamaican immigrant parents, Amindi hails from Inglewood, California and her music navigates genres and culture alike.
This week, Amindi releases “minztape” on all platforms, a freshly-packaged release of three songs that were previously only available on Soundcloud. The songs are all quite different, but ordered intentionally. Amindi writes, “I feel like it tells the story of me hopping out my feelings and into my bag.”
The visual accompanying “cocoa butter shawty” finds Amindi and her on-screen partner wistfully holding each other, looking away from one another, laughing, playing cards. Draped in sunshine, black, and coordinating cheetah print, they’re the only two who exist in their world.
Below, Amindi answers Youth To The People's YOUTH QUESTIONNAIRE, her pick from our collection of questions on topics like freedom, contentment, pride, ego, affirmation, dreams, and energy, and how they find their way into their art.
Watch the visual—written, styled, and set designed by Amindi, herself—below.
Question 10: Describe your relationship with your ego.
Every time I feel that I’m giving myself too much credit, I remember that the Source runs through me. I am just a vessel and God/Spirit/The Universe is the one who’s doin’ all the magic. I think that the line between taking pride in one’s work and being a prideful person can be thin. I know that no matter how abundant and secure I feel, it could all be taken away from me (but God forbid, lol). The truth is: through everything, I’m grateful. I’m so, so, so grateful to have the life that I do and to be on the receiving end of all my blessings. Every win, every loss—whether they’re personal or private—has made me stand even firmer in my belief. I say to myself, “Everything happens for a reason,” and “What’s for me will find me—what’s not will not.” Having an ego is a part of the Human Experience, but it’s on us to kind of mitigate their size and the role they take in our daily lives.
Question 13: What is your most useful affirmation?
My most useful affirmation would be one that my best friend taught me. "I am safe. I am present. I am grateful." We live together, and we commissioned Areli Arellano—an amazing textile artist—to make a wall piece that says the mantra.
Question 18: Which is richer: your inner life or outer? Why?
Definitely inner! I have so much fun in real life. I have no desire to post about everything and I don’t think I do a good job of “uploading” my personality. That’s okay though, I don’t mind it. My Scorpio moon said, “We’re a mysteryyyyy.” LMAO. Not gonna lie though, sometimes I wonder what people who follow me on social media think I’m really like. I think if I was a stranger who stumbled upon my page, I’d be like “Wow, this Amindi girl seems so poised and serious,” when that’s not (always) the case.
Photo courtesy of Jay Will