Jidenna: Bringing nigeria to the u.s.a

Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, better known as Jidenna, is a Nigerian-American rapper, singer, and producer. Jidenna’s father is Igbo from Nigeria. Although born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA, he was partially raised in Nigeria. Growing up with an African father who was an educator at Enugu State University instilled within him the importance of understanding that knowledge is power. This also taught him to be proud of his African heritage and to always present the best version of himself. In his high school years, he arranged his first rap album with his rap group, Black Spadez. He continued his spirit of education and creativity while studying Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University

He is repped by the highly acclaimed actress and singer Janelle Monae’s record Wondaland label. He gained great success and recognition with his first two singles with the record label, Yoga with. Janelle Monae and Classic Man ft. Roman GianArthur. Since then, he has released two albums under the label. The first, The Chief (2017) was successful with strong African influences and references. Most recently, 85 to Africa (2019) also did well, especially with the top singles, Sufi Woman and Tribe.

Tribe did well as one of the singles from this album. It describes his love for his tribe or close inner circle of loved ones. He makes many references to his experience navigating the Black diaspora overall as well as his African pride. These specific bolded lyrics represent his desire to be totally surrounded by African people, culture, and art. His reference to the Black Panther film with “vibranium” also aligns with his brand which constantly highlights the beauty and luxury of Africa. The last lyric alludes to colonialism. With this line, he dictates that his tribe, his people, and Africa will not be separated. A full transcript of the lyrics are listed below.

Who you with?
Who your crew, who your clique?
Who your fam, who your set?
Who your gang, who you rep?
Fuck 'em all, fuck 'em all?
That my tribe 
That my crew, that my clique
That my fam, that my set
That my gang, that my rep
Fuck 'em all, fuck 'em all
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
That my tribe (ayy, yeah)
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
Feel like one of the crew, feel like one of the crew
Ain't got nothin' to do, ain't got nothin' to do
Feel like super glue, feel like one of the crew
And I'm runnin' with you, we got money to move
Put your pride in a trash bin
Too much ego in the captions
Don't get swept up, like a Tesla
You ain't really need the gassin'
Hate to see my niggas clashin'
Hate the plot, love the casting
Tryna catch a nigga lackin'
Bet the tribe will outlast him
Every nigga got a accent
And a funky way of dancin'
And we give the world our passion
And they still afraid of black skin
Niggas tryna split a fraction
It's mo' money for the trappin'
Stadiums full of vibranium in the land of the black skin
And it's time that we cash in
Fill the hunger like I'm fastin'
Less thinkin', more action
I'm so motherfuckin' tapped in
Black star on the cap and
Babylonian assassin
Fake woke niggas nappin'
Tuck 'em in like a napkin
That my tribe
That my crew, that my clique
That my fam, that my set
That my gang, that my rep
Fuck 'em all, fuck 'em all
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
That my tribe (ayy, yeah)
That my tribe (yeah)
"Travel wide, travel wide"
That should be my battle cry
That should be my alibi, now (yeah)
Travel wide, travel wide
I and I, by and by that my tribe
They tryna conquer all the tribe
We laugh and multiply, divide
Let 'em try, let 'em try, let 'em try
Fuck 'em all, fuck 'em all
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)
That my tribe (yeah, ayy)


Jidenna’s unique style also brought him a lot of popularity. He is always seen wearing strictly three piece suits with elements of West African fabrics. Jidenna was influenced by fashion from the Harlem Renaissance as well as his traditional Nigerian garments and fashion. He describes his style as a “marriage of European and African aesthetics.”. He truly embodies his identity through his fashion, especially with him being half-white and half-Black.

Overall, Jidenna continues to collaborate with African artists such as Mr. Eazi, Nasty C, Ice Prince, and many more. He continues to celebrate his Africna identity through his heart while uplifting Black and African women in his songs and music videos. His social media is linked above.

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