A lot of people don’t know what to make of Jidenna. Each track he drops is good in the traditional sense: quality writing, musicality, etc. But by modern standards it still SLAPS. His persona is equally dichotomous. He raps about dope dealing and the pursuit of pussy with members of Migos, then dresses exquisitely and flexes his Stanford-educated vocabulary or marches for justice in places like Chicago. He calls himself classic, but he’s more so a man of the future. He’s strikingly respectable while eschewing respectability politics, much like his suit-wearing-booty-popping label lead Janelle Monáe. Art that stimulates your body AND mind…this is hip hop’s destiny.
Listen to Jidenna’s new EP Boomerang below.