Cutting a path of his own through the landscape of contemporary culture, Jidenna’s rise to acclaim is a story familiar to some belonging and not belonging, navigating the world by reading between the lines, and learning to harness the power of being comfortable with crossroads. To any child of the African diaspora, Jidenna’s story feels like an echo of their own journey, but it is a tale that anyone can identify with: making meaning out of the uniqueness of your own experiences. With an origin story that spans continents and coasts, Jidenna’s man about town swagger and global appeal balances the debonair edge of James Bond with the consciousness of Muhammad Ali. Jidenna moves with poise and purpose on stage and off, delivering personal narratives and commentary on the world’s state of affairs. A natural born leader, he embodies the role of a chief— the African version of a don. Jidenna spent his formative years in Nigeria and emigrated to the United States with his mother to be greeted only by culture shock at every turn. Humble beginnings Stateside gave way to personal triumph as Jidenna earned his way into Stanford University, where he connected with like-minded, free-spirited souls and created Fear & Fancy, a social club comprising of entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and artists. Crafting a sound all his own, Jidenna’s music effortlessly collides genres and eras, uniting bright EDM and highlife on one song and bouncing trap beats under smooth Nat King Cole vocals on another. His versatility as an artist is grounded in the diversity of his background, the breadth of his influences, and the exacting approach that he’s honed over time; connecting the dots between the sounds of Black culture past and present. On his debut record, The Chief, released in February of 2017, Jidenna exhibits a relentless sense of exploration of the arbitrary boundaries of rap and R&B, creating an expressive document that is as honest about urgent socio-political issues as it is about turning up. Receiving critical acclaim from sources like Spin, the NY Times, and NY Magazine and garnering respect from outlets like XXL, The Chief is a definitive statement that rewards repeated listens. Fatefully connecting with Janelle Monáe during his time in the San Francisco Bay Area at a legendary Fear & Fancy masquerade, Jidenna signed to Wondaland Records/Epic in 2014. From his Grammy-nominated, double-platinum smash hit “Classic Man” to hard-hitting tracks like “Long Live the Chief” and the lost love balladry of “Bambi,” Jidenna has cultivated a diverse fan base of ‘Jenerals’ across the country. From picking up Soul Train Awards’ Best New Artist award to working with First Lady Michelle Obama on higher education initiatives, one thing is clear: Jidenna is deliberately enacting his 100-year plan and this is just the beginning.