Philly-bred, San Francisco-located producer Yameen has held several aliases, but one thing that has remained constant is his powerful fascination with all things music-related. Even as a child, he was sneaking tape recorders into school or onto the bus, always on the hunt for new sounds to capture.
Then, as a teenager (and known as Stinke), he was the Webmaster for the Hieroglyphics.com site and essentially wrote the blueprint for indie hip-hop on the Web, garnering praise as one of URB magazine’s Next 100. His music production debut came under the moniker SupremeEx, and his work with Tajai of Souls of Mischief garnered hefty critical praise for its high quality as well as its integration of multimedia to enhance the music’s concept.
In 2008 — under his given name Yameen — he released his debut solo album, Never Knows Best (Ropeadope Records), moving away from the highly conceptual work of the past and focusing more on creating great music with an impressive roster of guest stars.
Drawing on past experience working with artists like Goapele, Shing02, and a pre-Hollertronix Lowbeezy, Yameen corralled an impressive list of collaborators, including the legendary Shock G (Digital Underground), Azeem (OM Records), Lady Alma (4Hero, Black Lily), Georgia Anne Muldrow (Stones Throw), Casual (Hieroglyphics), DJ Icewater (Pharcyde, Quannum) and Maylay Sparks (!K7).
A remix album and EP followed in 2009 and 2010, respectively, affording Yameen the chance to work with some of his favorite producers including Blockhead, Mark de Clive-Lowe, and Mike Ladd.
Yameen returned to the production helm in 2014 with his latest full-length album, Come On & Go Off. The title — not just a classic hip-hop chant — is a directive. A command to get up off your ass and jam. This isn’t sit-around-and-nod-your-head music, it’s get-down music. And to keep things lively, Yameen invited a couple of vocalists aboard, with Lady Alma doing the honors on one track and Ty spitting on another.
Yameen’s latest release for 2017 is the Diamond is Unfadable EP now streaming and available in stores everywhere. 6 new songs of house and hip-hop. Please have a listen!