Jidenna is a contemporary American rapper and a signer who is hailing from Imo State. He is not worldwide popular, but many think that he will conquer the world.
His first album was released in 2017 and it was titled „The Chief“. He is known for his combining of hip hop and Afrobeat. A lot of young people, especially African American folks, find his very inspirational because they are happy to see representation in the media.
He was born as Jidenna Theodore Mobisson on May 4, 1985, in a town called Wisconsin Rapids, in Wisconsin in the United States. Little did his parents know that he was going to make it in the media.
He is of mixed descent since his mother named Tama Mobisson is an accountant of white complexion and his father is an academic from Nigerian Igbo natives named Oliver Mobisson. He is very proud of his culture and who he is and plans on helping young people find their true nature as well.2
Jidenna has spent a part of his life in his father’s homeland Nigeria since his father worked at Enugu State University at that time. He was six years old when the family decided to move back to the US.
Although he wasn’t long in Nigeria he developed a close connection to it, especially because his father was a traditional chief there.
His father has learned him all about Nigerian traditions from an early age and he is still feeling love towards Nigeria.
The reason for their return lies in the fact that they were almost kidnapped for ransom and they decided that they don’t want to live their lives in fear, especially in fear for Jidenna.
That is why they relocated to a town of Norwood in 1995. The town is in Massachusetts. In 2000 they relocated to Milton, also in Massachusetts where his father died 10 years later.
He was always interested in music, since a very early age and was motivated by his parents to pursue his career in it. They just wanted her to find something that she will enjoy want to work on later in life.
He was a student in high school when he came upon the idea of founding rap group. He named it Black Spadez. It was really good for him to work with other classmates and to develop a sense of music. He also gained many friends he has to this day.
He became the writer and producer of the group and its main developer. While going into Milton Academy, a preparatory day school he has released an album with the group.
After finishing high school he became a student at Stanford University which he chose although he was also accepted in Harvard. His friends tried to persuade him to go to Harvard but he liked the artistic side of Stanford more.
He chose sound engineering as his study but later he turned to ritualistic arts in which he gained a degree in 2008. He is very sad that people often think he is stupid just because he has to do with hip hop and rap music. Although he tries to break this myth, he can’t control what everyone thinks about him.
He started working as a teacher but pursued his music career at the same time. He changed workplaces and moved from Los Angeles and Oakland to Atlanta.
He was very focused on music so he eventually signed a deal with Wondaland Records, owned by Janelle Monae who was also a prominent artist.
Wondaland Records artists albums were all distributed by a Sony Music Entertainment label called Epic Records.
He made several important collabs while being a part of Wondaland Records: with Roman Gian Arthur, Deep Cotton and Janelle Monae too.
In 2015 his first single was released, named „Classic Man“. It was made in collaboration with Gian Arthur Roman.
The single was very well received and listened all throughout the country. It landed on No. 49 on Billboard chart.
The very next month he has released a second single titled „Yoga“, which was made with Janelle Monae.
He was very proud of his work, especially when he found out that his song „Classic Man” became one of the nominated songs for 58th Grammy Awards in the category of Best Rap/Sung Collaborations.
He was also invited to perform at the BET Awards the same year, alongside Monae.
His first bigger award came in the shape of the 2015 Soul Train Music Award.
Jidenna was very creative and wanted to share it with others so he founded a social club named „Fear & Fancy”.
In 2016 he has released his new single named „Chief Don’t Run“ and next year his first studio album came out. It was named simply „The Chief“.
When he was asked who was the biggest influence he stated that he always respected KRS-One and Big Daddy Kane but that he is also very into Highlife music genre from Nigeria.
Jidenna is very known for his love for fashion. He says that his appearance in media, he had a small role in a series „Luke Cage“ aired on Netflix in 2016. He was very proud of it as well and wanted to keep on doing small roles on TV because he thought it would be a great way to get a larger fanbase.
He performed „Long Live the Chief“ at the beginning of episode 5 in the 1st season.
He was also invited to „The Daily Show with Trevor Noah“ at the end of 2016 where he performed the same song. He also appeared in two episodes of Insecure, a comedy TV series on HBO.
Jidenna is often called a gentleman rap phenomenon since he blends both his African descent style and Renaissance fashion. Many people think he is a really good fashion icon as well.
Jidenna is the youngest of four children in the family. The failed attempt to kidnap his family ended his mother being beaten up by the abductors.
„The Chief”, his latest album, is a homage to his father who died in 2010.
Jidenna knew how Nigeria was important to his father and he loved it too so he initiated a scholarship at the Enugu University where his father worked.
Jidenna’s name has a meaning and it is „cling to your father“.
He was very close to his father who thought his life and perfection. He went to his father’s burial under high security and military personnel armed AK47s. He stated to the press that the family always feels threatened when they go to Nigeria, ever since they were kidnapped when he was a kid.
It was rumored that he was in a relationship with Jessica White in 2016. She is known as the lady who „orgasms in the gym“.
In 2016 he was in a relationship with Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, a basketball analyst and a reporter. It ended in 2017 but they remained friends.
Rosalyn attended a big event in 2017 with Drake, after her split with Jidenna.
His father was a traditional chief in Nigeria. He was a member of the Igbo tribe, an ethnic group of Southeastern Nigeria
He loves to watch „House of Cards“ on TV and especially loves the iconic „Planet of the Apes“ movie.
He is also an advocate of the Black Live Matter.
During the time he worked as a teacher he was also a political demonstrator in the Bay area.
His favorite rapper is Tupac Amaru Shakur which was his role model.
The Jenerals is the common name for his fans.
He is a very good friend with Issa Rae and his music appeared in the web series called „The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl“.
Full name: Jidenna Theodore Mobisson
Date of birth: May 4, 1985
Birthplace: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States
Profession: rapper, songwriter, producer
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 77 kgs
Net Worth: $1 million