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He’s received plenty of useful co-signs—a spot on Janelle Monae’s fledgling label, a guest appearance in Luke Cage—but Jidenna Mobisson doesn’t miss his shot on his first album. As strikingly confident as it is unpredictable (check the night and day trap twin-pack that is “Helicopters / Beware”), The Chief mines everything from dancehall (“Some Kind of Way”) to Jidenna’s Nigerian ancestry (staff-raising battle-cry “Long Live The Chief”) to carve its unique speaker-toppling space.


Born: 05 April 1985 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '10s

A sharp dresser, singer, and rapper with geographic connections ranging from Nigeria to U.S. cities like Oakland, Atlanta, and New York, Jidenna Mobisson arrived in 2015 with a hybrid R&B/rap sound he called swank. The son of pioneering Nigerian scientist and educator Oliver Mobisson, he cited Nat King Cole, James Brown, and OutKast among his many inspirations. The Stanford graduate signed to Janelle Monáe's Wondaland label and debuted with "Classic Man," where he delivered boastful, foul-mouthed...
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The Chief, Jidenna
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music
  • Released: 17 February 2017
  • Parental Advisory

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