Jidenna is what we call, “Elegant and Dashing.” From his Red Beard and Tailored suits, to the completely manicured finger wave hair; he personifies what an EBANMAN is. The Hip Hop world has never been so stylish until Jidenna made his debut with his hit single “Classic Man,” where he emphasizes his style and character. As the Brooklyn-based MC puts it, “It’s classy, it’s funky’ and there’s an element of magic in it.” Classic man has sold over 180,000 copies since it’s release and spent 22 weeks on the top 40 Urban Charts.
Classic Men of history. Much of Jidenna’s fashion sense comes via his father. “He used to wear three-piece suits, especially in the ’70s,” he says. “He also walked with a cane.” Other early inspirations, either sartorially or musically, range from Malcolm X and Frank Sinatra to Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Bob Marley. More important, perhaps, were the mechanics, the sanitation workers, the military veterans who were respected leaders in the communities where Jidenna grew up. “These men cared about grooming and appearance, but, more so, they cared about character,” he says.
His career began under the infamous direction of another Classic Woman, Jonelle Monae and Wonderland Records; where he debuted on her single, Yoga. “Whether it’s R&B, hip-hop or rock, every act is throwing a change-up pitch through their particular lane,” Jidenna says.
The Willy Wonka of Hip-Hop. Kids in his Flatbush neighborhood refer to Jidenna as “Willy Wonka” because of his fanciful attire. “I’m the guy on the corner that is slightly peculiar but fun and funky,” he says. He’s also known for hosting house parties for his Fear & Fancy art and masquerade society at his brownstone. “Willy Wonka had his chocolate factory; I have my Fear & Fancy Parlor.”
Calaboration, USA Today, Brian Mansfield