Jidenna

Born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson on May 4, 1985 in Wisconsin. Jidenna is a sharp dresser, singer, and rapper with geographic connections ranging from Nigeria to U.S. cities like Oakland, Atlanta, Wisconsin Rapids, and New York. Jidenna arrived in 2015 with a hybrid R&B/rap sound he called swank. The son of pioneering Nigerian scientist and educator Oliver Mobisson, he cited Nat King Cole, James Brown, and OutKast among his many inspirations. Jidenna is of Nigerian Igbo descent and is heavily influenced by his culture. The Stanford graduate signed to Janelle Monáe's Wondaland label and debuted with "Classic Man," where he delivered boastful, foul-mouthed rhymes and a neat vocal hook over a sparse, street-level beat. Released in February 2015, the single took a while to gain traction, possibly received a nudge from Monáe's March-issued "Yoga,” and reached the Billboard Hot 100 three months later. “Classic Man” eventually went double platinum. The Eephus, a six-track showcase for the Wondaland crew, was released in August 2015 with the original "Classic Man" and a version featuring Kendrick Lamar. “Classic Man” went on to be nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration at the 58th annual Grammy Awards and several stylistically varied singles, including "Long Live the Chief," "Little Bit More," "The Let Out," and "Bambi," led to the February 2017 release of The Chief, Jidenna's first album. Not only a musician Jidenna has been seen in the Netflix series Luke Cage and the groundbreaking HBO series Insecure.