Born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson but widely recognised by his stage name Jidenna, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, recording artist and record producer. His highly rated song “Classic Man” and “Yoga” was released in 2015 , promoting Janelle Monáe’s label Wondaland Records’ compilation EP The Eephus with Epic Records. Jidenna dropped his first highly anticipated album titled “The Chief” on February 17, 2017 and it was home for several hits .
Early Life | Background | Growing Up | Education
Jidenna Theodore Mobisson popularly called by his stage name “Jidenna” was born on May 4, 1985 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to Tama Mobisson, a white accountant, and Oliver Mobisson, a Nigerian Igbo academic. Young Jidenna was bred in two countries which is United States and Nigeria, his father was working as a professor of computer science at Enugu State University. They later moved back to United States when the young musician was six years old following a kidnap attempt. After some times, they relocated to Norwood, Massachusetts, and then to Milton, Massachusetts, in 2000. His father died in 2010 and he was introduced to how to fed for himself that was how the music hustle began many years back.
While he was in high school, he co-founder a rap group called “Black Spadez”, and began producing, arranging and writing. They were able to release an album as their final project at Milton Academy, where Jidenna graduated in 2003. He gained admission into Stanford University, where he began studying sound engineering but eventually switched his major to “ritualistic arts” because that was where his passion lied. He graduated from the university in year 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he pursued his music career while working full-time as a teacher, moving between Los Angeles, Oakland, Brooklyn and Atlanta, before signing a deal with recording artist Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records. After graduating and rounding up his academics , he decided to face music full time without nothing coming between him and his career.
Music Career And Style
After dropping his pen following his graduation from the university and signing a record deal with Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records label , everything that really matters to him was his career. Handsome and versatile Jidenna is one of the most respected America musician who has worked with several prominent names in the game including Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Janelle Monáe herself. His first official single called “Classic Man” was released in 2015 featuring GianArthur. The song enjoyed massive airwaves the United States, and debuted at number 49 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. His second official single was released on March 31, 2015, off his EP “Yoga” by Janelle Monáe and Jidenna. “Classic Man” is one of his biggest hit and it was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards. In June of the same year, Jidenna performed the song with Monáe at the BET Awards. Jidenna also received an award for best new artist at the 2015 Soul Train Music Awards in November.
The talented singer, Jidenna is a founding member of a social club called “Fear & Fancy”, which began in California in 2006. The society, reminiscent of the social aid and pleasure clubs of New Orleans, is an international collective of entrepreneurs, activists, educators, scientists, and artists who host soirees, dinner parties, and demonstrations. He released his highly talked about single titled “Chief Don’t Run” in June 2016 . His first studio album titled “The Chief” was released On February 17, 2017, an album that pays homage to Boz Scaggs’ Middle Man album.
The eccentric musician cited names like KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane as his key major influences and in addition the Nigerian Highlife music genre. In a recent interview, the handsome musician revealed that he developed his personal style in college, where he learned about the power of fashion from his psychology professor Philip Zimbardo. He has also described his fashion sense as “heavily inspired by the Harlem Renaissance with hints of traditional West African design,” and a “marriage of European and African aesthetics. His fashion style has a fair share of African heritage because that is where he comes from.
Awards And Nominations
In 2015, he won Soul Train Music Awards for Best New Artist and his song ‘Classic Man’ under the category of best song and video of the year.
‘Classic Man’ feat Roman GianArthur was nominated as Best Rap/Song Collaboration at The 2016 Grammys.
The song ‘Yoga’ featuring Janelle monae was nominated under the category of Best Dance Performance.
He has also won “Video of the Year”
Endorsement Deals And Estimated Net Worth
Jidenna Theodora Mobisson popularly known as (Jidenna) signed a Multi- Million USD Endorsement deal with Heineken. The deal was rumored to worth millions of naira. As disclosed by our recent research and findings Jidenna Net Worth stand at $25 Million USD. Sharing is caring.