Jidenna Theodore Mobisson Al-Amin (born 4 May 1985). Known mononymously as Jidenna. Is an American recording artist and record producer. In 2015, he 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 17 February 2017. The album cover pays homage to Boz Scaggs’ Middle Man album.
Jidenna is signed to Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records label. 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, he released his first official single, called “Classic Man” featuring GianArthur. 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 31 March 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. He 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. On 17 February 2017, Jidenna released The Chief, his first studio 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 guest starred on Insecure in the episodes “Thirsty as Fuck,” and “Shady as Fuck,” which aired in November 2016.
The Chief Released: 17 February 2017, Label: Wondaland, Epic.
Wondaland Presents: The Eephus Released: 14 August 2015, Label: Wondaland, Epic.
As lead artist
“The Let Out” (featuring Quavo) (2017 Album The Chief). “Little Bit More” (2016 Album The Chief). “Chief Don’t Run” (featuring Roman GianArthur) (2016 Album The Chief). “Extraordinaire” (2015 Album N/A). “Knickers” (2015 Album N/A). “Long Live the Chief” (2015 Album The Chief). “Yoga” (with Janelle Monáe) (2015 Album Wondaland Presents: The Eephus). “Classic Man” (featuring Roman GianArthur) (2015 Album Wondaland Presents: The Eephus).
“The Let Out” (featuring Nana Kwabena) (2017 Director: Benny Boom). “Little Bit More” (2016 Director: Benny Boom). “Chief Don’t Run” (2016 Director: Benny Boom). “Knickers” (2016 Director: Benny Boom). “Long Live the Chief” (2016 Director: Benny Boom). “Classic Man (Remix)” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) (2015 Director: Benny Boom). “Yoga” (with Janelle Monáe) (2015 Director: Dave Meyers). “Classic Man” (featuring Roman GianArthur) 2015 Director: Alan Ferguson).
Awards and nominations
(2016) “Classic Man” (featuring Roman GianArthur) – Best Rap/Sung – Collaboration – Nominated.
Soul Train Music Awards
(2015) Himself – Best New Artist – Won. (2015) “Yoga” (with Janelle Monáe) – Best Dance Performance – Nominated. (2015) “Classic Man” (featuring Roman GianArthur) Song of the Year & Video of the Year – Nominated.