In both his music and his dandy fashion sense, genre-blending artist Jidenna embodies the swank of the Harlem Renaissance. The singer, rapper, and producer has a penchant for storytelling and ear for eclectic production.
• Weeks after Jidenna was born, his family moved from Wisconsin to Nigeria—the home of his late father, trailblazing computer scientist Oliver Mobisson. They eventually returned to the US.
• In high school, Jidenna and his friends founded the rap group Black Spadez and released their debut album as a final class project.
• After graduating from Stanford University in 2003, Jidenna juggled a professional teaching career with a promising future in music.
• Having signed with Wondaland Records, Jidenna partnered with singer Roman GianArthur for his 2015 debut single, “Classic Man.” The single went double platinum and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
• In 2017, Jidenna released his solo debut album, The Chief, which cracked the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
• Jidenna returned in 2019 with his sophomore album, 85 to Africa. The following year, he released “Black Magic Hour,” a single from his forthcoming compilation project and documentary African On All Sides.
HOMETOWNWisconsin Rapids, WI
BORNMay 4, 1985