XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Some Kind of Way” by Jidenna


Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, who performs under the single name of Jidenna, is a rapper, singer and songwriter signed to Janelle Monáe’s label Wondaland Records. In 2015 he released the song “Classic Man,”, a Grammy nominated song in 2016.

The Stanford graduate is the son of biracial parents; his father was from Nigeria, his mother from Boston. He was raised in Wisconsin and Nigeria, with musical influences both from Nigerian highlife and American rap, hip-hop and R&B. This past February he released his debut full length album, The Chief. It’s an impressive collection of songs that is difficult to categorize as it thoughtfully blends hip-hop with dance-pop and R&B with flourishes of world music.

Jidenna is playing a sold out show at the Foundry on July 23rd, but is playing a Free At Noon this Friday, July 7th.

Below, listen to “Some Kind of Way,” from Jidenna’s debut, and listen to an interview he did for NPR’s All Things Considered.

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