Lessons gleaned from his demanding father inspire "Classic Man" singer Jidenna to push beyond one-hit-wonder status. Next, he moved all the way to the suburbs of Boston, where blending in was again not an option. He barely had time to get publicity photos taken before it came out.
Ahead of his current tour, the year-old singer spoke to EW about creating an album that "felt accessible to anyone in the black diaspora. Naturally, the making of the record, which came out in late August, did start with a lengthy travel experience. Forced to leave the apartment, Jidenna began mulling over how he would make his next project a truly holistic display of his evolution. Still, neither element has ever been set in stone. Its success later affected his work on his debut record, The Chief. Not all of those compromises felt like me.
Jidenna Theodore Mobisson born May 4, , better known mononymously as Jidenna , is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. Jidenna grew up partially in Nigeria, where his father was working as a professor of computer science at Enugu State University. In high school he became a co-founder of the rap group Black Spadez, and began producing, arranging and writing. Jidenna released his first album with Black Spadez as their final project at Milton Academy , where Jidenna graduated in In June he released the single "Chief Don't Run". The lead singles "Sufi Woman" and "Tribe" were released on July 26, and will appear on his second studio album 85 to Africa. In Jidenna released his second album, 85 to Africa.
Sitting in the Soho Grand Hotel, Jidenna is well-dressed as expected, sipping on tea with whiskey to calm his nerves from the eventual rollout of his second studio album 85 to Africa. When I bring up topics of a post-racial society, religion, and his journeys in Africa, he's careful and deliberate with his words — a culture nerd who can also be the life of a party. During our discussion, I reflected on the duality of someone who can make Billboard-charting pop singles but also dedicate a song to interracial marriages in America. I'm proud about it. The first album was a good showcase, but I did so much promo just to break in. I published one song, it was a hit, and everybody wanted to talk to me. It's difficult to balance.