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How Queens-born Aime aimed for Philly’s hip-hop scene

Aime | photo by Mike Ryan | courtesy of the artist

It’s easy to fall in love with the city of Philadelphia. I moved to Upper Darby when I was 13 years old, and for the past 16 years I’ve grown to cherish this gritty cultured city as my own, the same way Queens-born rapper Aime has.

Since coming to the north side of Philadelphia while attending Temple University ten years ago, the aspiring hip hop artist admired the how the city shared his appreciation for creating quality content with lyrical ability. That love is what got him into Philly’s hip hop scene allowing to meet known local acts (like Chill Moody) as well as his mentor (producer Dameadelphia who has worked with Philadelphia’s own the Grammy award winning hip hop band legendary The Roots ).

Projects like Aime for the Sky, Class Act, When It’s Cold Outside and Perfect Aime have helped the MC earn his stripes, while Book of David and The David EP aided him into getting recognized by the city he calls home. However, his recent project Flowers Started Dying Yesterday shows a more polished and confident Aime, telling the beautiful yet sad tale of the cycles of life.

While Aime prepares for performing at Dayne Jordan‘s annual No Place Like Home party this weekend, I got a chance to sit with him to discuss his journey in the Philly hip-hop scene, how the city became his second home, and the backstory to the musical drama Flowers Started Dying Yesterday. Continue reading →

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Watch AIME confront mortality in his stunning short film for Flowers Started Dying Yesterday

AIME | photo courtesy of the artist

“Some say I don’t speak much, I just like to listen,” raps AIME on his new EP. “I’m a Scorpoio, tend to dwell first, make the right decision.”

If there is a message to the Philly MC’s new project Flowers Started Dying Yesterday, it might be this lesson of calculation and determination. Realizing the best way to your goals, and taking it, without getting too hung up with side trips on the way.

In his earlier projects like The Book of David and its followup DAVID, the rapper sweated his pace, the externals of trying to break out of the underground by a certain age. On Flowers Started Dying Yesterday, he is more fixated on time than ever, but less the idea of achieving creative goals by a certain date, and more the idea of achieving them at all. We’re all on this floating rock for only a limited time, and the project Flowers Started Dying Yesterday — the EP and its new short film, by director Chris White — is acutely fixated mortality; that of the creator, and that of people in general. Continue reading →