Jidenna Theodore Mobisson (born May 4, 1985), known professionally as Jidenna, is a Nigerian-American recording artist signed to Wondaland Records. In 2015, Jidenna released two singles, "Classic Man" and "Yoga", promoting the label's compilation EP The Eephus.
Early life and education
Jidenna Theodore Mobisson was born on May 4, 1985, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to Tama Mobisson, an accountant, and Oliver Mobisson, a Nigerian Igbo academic. Jidenna grew up partially in Nigeria, where his father was a professor of the computer science at Enugu State University. Jidenna's name in the Igbo language means to "embrace the father." In 1995, the family moved to Boston, Massachusetts. In 2003, Jidenna graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. He founded and created a rap group, while he is still attending in high school, when he began producing, arranging and writing. Jidenna attended Stanford University, first studying sound engineering, however, eventually were switched to his major to "ritualistic arts". In 2008, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he pursued his music career full-time, moving between Los Angeles, Oakland, Brooklyn and Atlanta.
Jidenna is signed a deal to Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records label and distributed through Epic Records. He has collaborated with a number of artists that are signed to this label; including Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Janelle Monáe herself, and then begin recording a five-song compilation of its label's first extended play (EP), titled The Eephus. In February 2015, Jidenna released his first official single, called "Classic Man" featuring Roman GianArthur, the other artist, who also signed to Wondaland Records. The song has been played in heavy rotation throughout the United States and debuted at number 49 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. On March 31, 2015, the second single from the EP was released – "Yoga" by Janelle Monáe and Jidenna. His song "Classic Man" was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards. Jidenna is a founding member of Fear & Fancy, a social club that 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.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(featurng Roman GianArthur)
(with Janelle Monáe)
|"Long Live the Chief"||—||—||—||—||—||—||Long Live the Chief|
|"Chief Don't Run"||2016||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Little Bit More"||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
Awards and nominations
|2016||"Classic Man" (featuring Roman GianArthur)||Best Rap/Sung Collaboration||Nominated|
Soul Train Music Awards
|2015||Himself||Best New Artist||Won|
|"Classic Man" (featuring Roman GianArthur)||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Video of the Year||Nominated|
|"Yoga" (with Janelle Monáe)||Best Dance Performance||Nominated|
|2015||"Classic Man" (featuring Roman GianArthur)||Alan Ferguson|||
|"Classic Man (Remix)" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)||Benny Boom|||
|"Yoga" (with Janelle Monáe)||Dave Meyers|||
|"Long Live the Chief"||Benny Boom|||