Jidenna’s “Chief” Album Review

Jidenna “The Chief” [Google Images 2017]

There’s about 2 or 3 places that you can give your all when providing your most sufficient album review. My two favorite places are 1.The Gym (workout session) and 2. Roadtrips.

“Classic Man” was the introduction and essentially the stamp for Jidenna’s career. It was a successful single that hit 22 on the US Billboard Top 100, and was nominated for a Grammy late in 2015.

In February of 2017, Jidenna had released his first studio album, “Chief.” As big as “Classic Man” was, I was fairly indifferent about listening to a whole album of his work.

That all changed in the Juan Epstein (Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds) podcast, when I found out he went to high school up the road from me and lived in Mattapan (Boston). And what a surprise this album was.

Jidenna was born in Nigeria, lived in Boston, then went to college in California. In that experience alone makes for a great story line. In the album, “Chief,” he gives us diversity in production, content, and melodies.

Best Songs on the Album:

“Chief Don’t Run”- A very Kanye and Kid Cudi type of influence in production and flow. He talks about a little of everything, from his upbringing to his Father’s influence and expectations.

“Bambi”- One of the best songs on the album, in my opinion. He sings about losing the love of his life (maybe an Ex) to another man. As showed in his music video, he reluctantly drinks loads of liquor as he reminisces all of their good moments.

2 Points”- Produced by Hit-boy, Jidenna showcases his rap skills in this 1 minute and 36 second track.

“Let Out”- Album wouldn’t be right if he didn’t put together a materialistic and ratchet track right? Well, it’s a lot of our favorite parts of a club night (the let out). Sometimes I would even just pull up to the let out. Major stunt talk alert in this song.

“Little Bit More”- The boy from Nigeria has an international hit on his hands. It seems that Afro-beats are the way to go these days. This can potentially be the biggest song on the album when it’s all said and done.

“White N****s”- The only thing about this song I didn’t like was the fact that it was screaming Kendrick Lamar all over it. He’s done it before with Classic Man, and we saw how that tuned out. Jidenna takes it back with the content, and beat selection. He talks social issues, along with just general perception issues in the eyes of the public towards African Americans.