Jidenna (Jidenna Theodore Mobisson) a Nigerian-American rapper, singer-songwriter and a record producer, born on May 4, 1985, in Wisconsin, US, born to Tama and Oliver Mobisson. He is popularly known for his debut single ‘Classic Man’ released in 2015, and Bambi in 2017. Also, he released his debut studio album The Chief in 2017. Jidenna is a Stanford graduate, and his song was nominated in the 58th Grammy Award.
He attended the Milton Academy and graduated in 2003. Subsequently, he chose Stanford University over Harvard University and went on to study Sound Engineering. Along the line, he switched to Ritualistic Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008.
While he was in college, he co-founded a rap group Black Spadez with some of his friends. Along the line he was writing, composing and arranging songs. Together in the group, he released songs with Black Spadez as a final project at the Milton Academy.
After Stanford, Jidenna worked as a tutor teaching student in the US. While he did that, he also pursued his music career and along the line, he signed a deal with Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records. Later, in 2015, he released the popular song Classic Man. Classic Man gained massive acceptance in the States.
Jidenna is known for his European cum African style of dressing. With this, people look out for his distinctive style time after time. A business lesson about this for entrepreneurs is that we should choose our brand and maintain a business culture.
Theodore Mobisson Biography
Jidenna Mobisson, better known by his stage name Jidenna, is a hip hop recording artist and record producer. Jidenna Theodore Mobisson was born on May 4, 1985, in Wisconsin, US. He was born to Tama and Oliver Mobisson. He attended the Milton Academy and graduated in 2003. Subsequently, he chose Stanford University over Harvard University and went on to study Sound Engineering. Along the line, he switched to Ritualistic Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008.
In 2015, Jidenna released two singles, “Classic Man” and “Yoga”, promoting Janelle Monáe’s label Wondaland Records’ compilation EP The Eephus with Epic Records. His debut album, The Chief was released on February 17, 2017.
Jidenna is signed 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 began 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 GianArthur. The song was 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. 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.
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.
In June 2016 he released the single “Chief Don’t Run”. On February 17, 2017, Jidenna released The Chief, his first studio album. The album cover pays homage to Boz Scaggs’ Middle Man album.
In September 2016, Jidenna was featured in an episode of the Netflix original series Luke Cage. Season 1 episode 5, “Just to Get a Rep”, opens with Jidenna performing “Long Live the Chief” at the fictitious Harlem’s Paradise. He performed “Long Live the Chief” and “Little Bit More” with a full band on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in October 2016. Jidenna also guest starred on Insecure in 2016.
Awards And Recognition
Jidenna is an award-winning artiste. His song Classic Man was nominated for a Grammy Award under the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category in 2016. Also, he is a 4-times Soul Train Music Award winner. These awards include;
- Best New Artist, Soul Train Music Award, 2015
- Song of the Year, ‘Classic Man’ ft Roman GianArthur’, Soul Train Music Award, 2015
- Video of the Year, ‘Classic Man’ ft Roman GianArthur’, Soul Train Music Award, 2015
- Best Dance Performance, ‘Yoga’ ft Janelle Monae, Soul Train Music Award, 2015
“A classic man is a distinguished man. He cares about taste and his craft. He’s all about the simple model that I live by – eat, drink, be swanky, and have fun getting the job done. He makes sure that he’s excellent in all things and that he cares about his neighborhood immensely.”