Jidenna Theodore Mobisson born on May 4, 1985, better known as Jidenna, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from IMO state. He is a Nigerian but was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to Tama Mobisson, a white accountant, and Oliver Mobisson, a Nigerian Igbo academic. Jidenna grew up partially in Nigeria, where his father was working as a professor of computer science at Enugu state university. When jidenna was 6 years old, his family moved back to the United States after they had suffered a kidnap attempt.
Jidenna attended Milton Academy during his high school days where he graduated in 2003. Jidenna was accepted to study at Harvard University but choose to study at Stanford University instead. He began studying sound engineering by eventually switched his major to “ritualistic arts” .
During high school days he became a co-founder of the rap group Black Spadez , and began producing, arranging, and writing. Jidenna released his first album with Black Spadez as their final project at Milton Academy. In 2008, after graduating with a bachelor of arts degree, he pursued his music career while working full-time as a teacher, moving between Los Angeles, Oakland, Brooklyn, and Altana , before signing a deal with recording artist Janelle Monae’s Wonderland Records. In 2015, he released his first singles; classic man and yoga.
In June 2016, he released another single “chief don’t run” . On February 17, 2017, jidenna released “ The chief”, his first studio album. Jidenna major influences include KRS-one and Big Daddy Kane as well as the Nigerian Highlife music genre. His music associates include; Janelle Monae, Kendrick Lamar, Issa Raw, etc
Achievements and Awards
He has received awards such as Best New Artist, Song of the Year (classic man) & video of the year, and best dance performance (yoga). Jidenna is also a founding member of fear & fancy, a social club that began in California in 2006.