Yesha Callahan

Jidenna Says His Father’s Death Influenced His Style



Is it Jidenna’s, music, hair or his sense of style that stands out more? That definitely depends on who you’re talking to, but he does credit one of those to his father.

Way before Jidenna was a ‘classic’ man he was student at Stanford, and was encouraged by his professor, Philip Zimbardo, to try out different types of fashion.

“We had an experiment where we had to dress like somebody else every day for five days,” Jidenna stated. “I’d come in Abercrombie & Fitch one day. Another day I’d be in a varsity jacket like a jock guy.”

But Jidenna’s “dandy” fashion didn’t come until play until 5 years ago, when he was grieving the death of his father, a Nigerian professor who helped design Africa’s first personal computer.

“It was my way of grieving, initially,” he told Billboard.

“People thought ‘Classic Man’ was processed. But then they ­realized, ‘Oh, this guy actually is that man, and he ­actually dresses like that.’ ”

“I wanted to make sure I was a ­walking poster, almost like a ghost of a past,” he says. “America is haunted by an apparition steeped in slavery, and I wanted to remind everyone that, ‘Yo, we’ve got to handle this.’ ”

Not everyone is a fan of Jidenna’s style and that’s ok. But you can’t deny the fact that he’s definitely bringing dandy fashion to the forefront.

  1. January 14, 2016 - Reply

    I wish men would dress like him more. I’m not feeling his new songs, for someone who is so “woke” he forgot to skip over the N word and that is very problematic to me, Jidenna drop the word your classier then this, don’t imitate these cats, other wise your basically the same as every other lame singer/rapper but you just changed your style up.

  2. January 14, 2016 - Reply

    He is getting more and more popular as time goes on. Fashion has been influenced by our relatives. So, I’m not surprised to learn about Jidenna’s words on fashion. He says that he wants to grow. I do believe it is fair to tell Jidenna that he needs to quit using the N word. Lyrically, he knows how to rap unlike other so-called artists. I do agree with Jidenna on his love of Nigeria and his love of the black African Diasporic experience in general. A lot of people are tired of the same old music in our generation. That is why many folks gravitate toward Jidenna and other artists. Many folks have a nostalgia for a time when people focused more on lyrics and soul than superficialities. We need many artists to get back to essence of music. The essence of music is to inspire people and to outline great creativity, so the human soul can be built up. Underground music will constantly have great talent. Many in the mainstream level have a lack of balance in terms of artistry, because of corporate exploitation, etc.

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