By Brian Ives
One of the breakout stars of this year is R&B singer/songwriter Jidenna, who has made a big impact with his debut single, “Classic Man.” Janelle Monae cameos in the video, and for good reason; Jidenna is signed to her label Wondaland. He also appears on her new song, “Yoga.” Both songs are on the just-released Eephus EP.
We spoke to Jidenna (look for our full length interview with him soon) about how his partnership with Monae began. He said their friendship predated her success.
“Janelle and I met at a masquerade ball that I was hosting in Oakland, California,” he said. “We brought her out from Atlanta to come out and entertain and energize the crowd. She was really new to the game at the time. This was actually before all of her fame. We brought her out because we saw a clip of her performing, and we thought she looked like she was on the cutting edge. She seemed the ‘next thing,’ and she was. For sure!”