Born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson on May 4, 1985, he co-founded the rap group Black Spadez while in high school. After releasing an album with the group and graduating, he attended Stanford Univerity.
The Start of a Career
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in his pocket, Jidenna pursued his music career during his daily job as a teacher. Under Epic Records, he issued the debut EP The Eephus in 2015. In the same year, he won the Soul Train Music Award for best new artist. His first EP enclosed the singles “Classic Man” and “Yoga”.
“Music is the means. In the same way that Marley believed that he would create peace on the earth by spreading reggae music, I believe that these values of human connection and of intimacy are super, super interwoven into “Classic Man” and every record that I put out. That message will be in everybody’s earbuds, and therefore it will change the minds, the hearts, and the souls of all human beings around the world”, the artist declared for The Fader.
Jidenna released his debut album The Chief in 2017. With singles like “Long Live the Chief”, “Chief Don’t Run” and “Little Bit More”, the album met with modest success. The Guardian rated it 3/5 stars.
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