Kee’s Loaded Kitchen, the NE MLK soul food cart on Eater Portland’s map of essential Portland restaurants, has accrued its fair share of local fame through a number of media appearances and stories. However, owner Kiauna Nelson popped up in a surprising spot yesterday: In Aminé’s new music video.
Portland born and raised, Aminé has a loyal local following and a growing international fan base: His song “Caroline” peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, and the rapper now has over a million followers on Instagram. Yesterday, Aminé dropped the music video for “Shimmy,” his newest single, and the whole thing looks like a love letter to Portland: the rapper dances in the center of Providence Park, rides a bike down NE Alberta, and rapping on top of the Oregon Convention Center.
Still, it wouldn’t be a fair portrait of Portland without some food represented. The video includes shots of places like Mike’s Drive-In and Random Order Pie Bar, but no one is as prominently featured as Nelson, who appears seasoning a big tray of chicken wings and smiling at the camera.
The appearance of Mike’s Drive-In could be a callback to the “Caroline” video, which starts with him sitting on a picnic table outside a Mike’s location. He also includes a shout-out to teriyaki classic Du’s Grill in his “Blackjack” video. However, Shimmy’s hardcore Portland focus includes a wider scope of Portland dining, and a surprising lack of bananas compared to past videos. Watch the full “Shimmy” video below: