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“The Chief” by Jidenna

By April Latham

Does anybody remember “Classic Man” and how big of a hit it was? Well that’s exactly how it feels to listen to Jidenna’s debut album, “The Chief.” Released February 17, it is already making news on social media. Just after listening to the first couple songs, I can already tell that this is a whole new side of Jidenna and I love it.

In the beginning of the album, the woman speaking tells Jidenna, “Jidenna, you are a stubborn bull…just like your father.” Already, that tells me that he is ready to prove something, and it’s that we’re in for greatness. We had a sample of the album from his hit single, “Long Live the Chief,” but little did we know that wasn’t going to be his best work. There are so many songs just as good or even better than LLTC that I felt like my head was going to explode.

A song that really stood out to me was “Helicopters/Beware.” They basically have the same meaning, but it’s told in two different styles and I find that so interesting. What I got out of it was that you need to be mindful of your surroundings and who you let in your circle. “Helicopters” is the hype part of the song, while “Beware” comes in to mellow everything out. All in all, I have to say that I am incredibly impressed with Jidenna’s debut album, and I’m excited to see where the future takes him.