Go Behind the Scenes at Jidenna’s ‘Long Live the Chief’ Album Listening Party
As fans anxiously await the arrival of Jidenna's debut album, Long Live the Chief, slated for release this fall, Toyota exclusively gave music enthusiasts and industry peers a first listen of the Classic Man's premier effort. At a VIP listening party held at the Blind Dragon in West Hollywood, the Wondaland rapper presented his project alongside mentor Janelle Monae and Epic Records label heads L.A. Reid and Sylvia Rhone.
"Tonight was my first actual time sharing my music with friends and partners," says Jidenna in the video above. "It was an amazing and swanky-ful event." One listen of the album at the Toyota event unveiled that the LP's theme holds true to the lane Jidenna has carved for himself over the past year, taking a focus on correcting societal flaws and adding a traditional approach to today's hip-hop.
The album also touches on extreme social issues in an effort to evoke change through music. "It feels good to be done and have something that will not just change this world, not just this era but eras to come," says Jidenna. "I believe what Wondaland is doing is creating depth."
With Jidenna's name meaning “to hold or embrace the father,” in the Nigerian rapper's native language, the LP is also an ode to Jidenna's father, a professor who helped design Africa's first personal computer.
Check out a video recap of Jidenna's exclusive listening party presented by Toyota above and look out for his Long Live the Chief album this fall.
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