#ManCrushMonday: Jidenna, our own classic man

Posted on Nov 27 2017 - 7:27pm by admin

Good day crushers, it’s a beautiful Monday and yes Jidenna is our crush for this lovely and smooth day.

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson also known as Jidenna on stage was born on May 4, 1985, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, to Tama Mobisson, a white accountant, and Oliver Mobisson, a Nigerian Igbo academic. Jidenna grew up partially in Nigeria, where his father was working as a professor of computer science at Enugu State University.

He attended Stanford University in the United States where he studied Ritualistic Arts.  In 2008, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he pursued his music career while working full-time as a teacher, moving between Los Angeles, Oakland, Brooklyn, and Atlanta, before signing a deal with recording artist Janelle Monáe‘s Wondaland Records.

 

In February 2015, Jidenna released his first official single, called “Classic Man” featuring Gian Arthur. The song was in heavy rotation throughout the United States and debuted at number 49 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

 

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.

 

Aside music we all just love Jidenna for his fashion style which has become a huge statement not just in the United States. Jidenna describes his look as “heavily inspired by the Harlem Renaissance with hints of traditional West African design,” and a “marriage of European and African aesthetics.

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