#ManCrushMonday: Jidenna, The Classic Man

Jidenna is a American-Nigerian musical artist performer best known for always relating to his Nigerian roots in his music and absolutely amazing fashion style.

Born Jidenna Theodore Mobisson on 5 April 1985. His name, Jidenna means to “embrace the father” in the Igbo language.

Jidenna grew up in Nigeria, where his father was a professor of computer science at Enugu State University and the family moved to Boston, Massachusetts in 1995.

Young Jidenna graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts, in 2003. He founded a rap group while in high school when he began producing, arranging and writing. Jidenna attended Stanford University, first studying sound engineering but eventually switching his major to “ritualistic arts.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008, he pursued his music career full-time, moving between Los Angeles, Oakland,Brooklyn and Atlanta.

Signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records label and distributed through Epic Records, in February 2015, Jidenna released his first single, “Classic Man”, featuring Roman GianArthur and since then, the song has repeatedly gotten massive air play in rotation throughout the United States and in Nigeria and it debuted at number 49 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. “Classic Man” was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 58th Grammy Awards.

Some of the rap star other popular works include Bambi, Long Live The Chief, Little Bit More, Boomerang.

He looks straight out of a time machine with his fiery red hair, slicked into a dapper 1930s style, slim suits, vintage neck ties, Ankara print shirts, and a gold watch chain dangling from his pocket. His look is as distinctly distinguished as his background.

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 and “Yoga”.

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