It's hard to look away from Jidenna: his sartorial ease and stage presence are magnetic. The Nigerian-American musician made a first impression with scratchy bangers 'Little Bit More'and 'Long Live The Chief'. His first body of work, 'The Chief' has just now dropped - it's spectacular. Released under Janelle Monae's Wondaland label, Jidenna dishes a dizzying melange of musical genres - as with his style, his music can not be confined.
The Chief opens with A Bull's Tale - a relaxed old-school vibe followed up with the thumping 'Long Live The Chief', the emotion-stirring 'Bambi', the enervated '(assisted by Monae), and retro bar-spitting 'White Niggas'. I am of the opinion that the exclusion of the better known 2015 jam 'Classic Man' gives this 14-track compilation a fresh feel. Jidenna's offering is diverse, it's exciting. Now you know the Chief.
Two stand-out tracks:
Bambi : Completely unexpected: Bambi is the fourth track on The Chief album, coming after a couple of straight-forward rap songs. This track is a jambalaya of musical genres, hinting at reggae but with a modern twist. This one will definitely tug at your heartstrings.
Long Live The Chief : This is raw. Unlike the smooth-tongued Jidenna you might know, the multi-talent is in his hip hop element here, displaying lyrical ability.
The Chief hits all the right spots for us. Keep an eye out for a bigger, bolder Jidenna in years to come - we have a feeling this is just the beginning for him.