Jidenna’s birth name— which means “embracing the father” in the Igbo language of Nigeria, his father’s homeland— could be seen as foreshadowing his future. Eventually earning the nickname “Chief,” a title embodying his character and role in the social club Fear & Fancy that he co-founded, Jidenna’s multi-faceted background and a touch of his father’s royal blood influence his cosmopolitan and classy take on hip-hop.
With an origin story that covers multiple continents and coasts, from roots in Nigeria and Boston to the Bay Area and Brooklyn, Jidenna is a true Master of Ceremonies, moving effortlessly between worlds that rarely collide. Intertwining personal narrative and sociopolitical commentary with a swanky groove, Jidenna’s music compels you to tune in and turn up, to party and ponder.
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