Jidenna Blazing New Path For Music, Manhood (Playing Wed. 8/23 at Slim’s – SOLD OUT!)

On his debut album, “The Chief,” Jidenna is out to prove that origin stories aren’t just for superheroes.

The 32-year-old hip-hop artist, known locally for his role with the Oakland social club Fear & Fancy when he attended Stanford University, first gained notice with his 2015 single “Classic Man.” That track, a triumphant statement about redefining masculinity, helped Jidenna find a home at Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland Records, which in February put out the dapper performer’s first full-length record.

“She paved the way for a lot of us,” Jidenna says of the impact Monáe has made on young artists like himself. “She was a pivotal leader in both fashion and music, and I’d say in just originality. She is one of a kind.”

 

Read on HERE for the SF Chronicle article.