Best Quotes from Jidenna

By | March 8, 2016

A great tailor is like a great personal trainer – they tailor that suit to your natural physique.

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Swanky means classy and funky.

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Most of the suits I try to wear are bespoke.

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Not unlike our country’s history, my personal history was founded upon an unfortunate history of racial conflict between black and white.

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Jesus’ birthday is commercialized, so of course, Black History Month is commercialized.

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Willy Wonka had his chocolate factory; I have my Fear & Fancy Parlor.

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If we can believe in our own value, then we won’t try to denigrate and diss and just roast women all the time.

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A classic man is a distinguished man. He cares about taste and his craft. He’s all about the simple model that I live by – eat, drink, be swanky, and have fun getting the job done. He makes sure that he’s excellent in all things and that he cares about his neighborhood immensely.

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While the majority of my childhood memories are beautiful, I also have experienced the challenges that Nigeria has faced since independence.

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There are always pluses and minus to commercialization. It broadcasts something to the masses. So that’s the plus. The minus is it may lose some of its meaning if you dilute it.

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The affinity towards suits was a functional thing for me early on because I was thrifting at secondhand shops, and it was also initially a way of grieving – my father had passed, and he used to wear suits all the time.

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If one door is closed, break a window anyway.

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All across this world, especially within the African diaspora, we feel like there is a constant devaluing of our culture and our livelihood.

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If I’m shopping at the Gap or Old Navy, I’m saying that I’m an ordinary person: I don’t want to be seen; I don’t want to stand out. That’s a statement. If I’m wearing a leather jacket, there’s something about me that’s kind of a rebel. So everybody says something, whether they want to or not.

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My name is Jidenna, which means ‘to hold or embrace the father’ in Igbo. It was my father who gave me this name and who taught me countless parables, proverbs, and principles that made me the man I am today.

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My style is not specific to the antebellum South, but it’s heavily inspired by the Jim Crow era.

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I am, always have been, and always will be proud of my Nigerian heritage.

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I describe myself as a big kid with an old soul, I’m very playful whimsical, but I definitely have that old soul as well.

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When hip-hop came along, men and women started dressing down as a form of rebellion.

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Nothing I’m doing is without its predecessors.

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I think a lot of people try to be someone else, and Young Thug really is who he is. I love his melodies, how he dresses, how he carries himself.

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I think it’s important to not just think about what you want but what’s needed in the world.

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When I brought home a 98 percent on a test, my father would say, ‘Ah, ah, where are the other two points? Go and get them, then bring them back.’ My father and Nigerian culture has always stood for excellence.

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America is haunted by an apparition steeped in slavery, and I wanted to remind everyone that, ‘Yo, we’ve got to handle this.’

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I work predominantly with tailors from Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal.

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I myself have been scrutinized by militarized police, but I know officers who actually handle themselves in a certain way that makes me feel safe.

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I myself have been scrutinized by militarized police, but I know officers who actually handle themselves in a certain way that makes me feel safe.

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You love who you love. I happen to just love a lot of women.

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Ever since the decision of Robin Thicke and Pharrell, we believe that it was important to make sure that we are safe. When that Robin Thicke verdict came out, we realized that the game had changed in music.

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I think each artist lives with purpose. A strong sense of purpose. We know who’s come before us.

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People thought ‘Classic Man’ was processed. But then they realized, ‘Oh, this guy actually is that man, and he actually dresses like that.’

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I was raised in Nigeria, and my mother is white, but I never saw her as white, not until I came to America. She was just my mother. She didn’t really have a color.

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I wanted to remind myself and others of the old Jim Crow, so that we can remind ourselves that we’re still living in the new Jim Crow. I feel it’s important to dress in the fashion of the times.

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I’ve gone down several paths. I started school as an engineer, but underneath it all, I knew I wanted to use instruments, not build them.

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For me, it’s important that as you’re introducing yourself, you show different dimensions.

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I think it’s the job of the artist to reflect the times and also reflect his or her views of the world.

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Like most people, I had several awakenings.

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When I originally came to the U.S., my mother came with a couple hundred dollars to her name. I didn’t know we were struggling because she hid that from me. But it was definitely a struggle to get through life and get through school.

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The one thing that I learned in college, actually, was that you may reach tremendous highs and tremendous lows.

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I reached rock bottom halfway through college. And it was – because of all the pressure that I think we’re talking about right now – the pressure to learn how to budget, the pressure to really abandon everything that you ever learned. You don’t have a comfort zone anymore. You don’t have your neighborhood. You don’t have your family with you.

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I thought I had everything going for me. I wasn’t listening to nobody. And my dad was like, ‘Uh-uh, you can’t make money from music. You have to be a doctor, a lawyer, engineer. Something that’s going to do something for this world. Music doesn’t do anything.’ And I had to fight that, his passion, and fight the society that I was from.

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I was raised with a father who really believed in the bridge between all Africans around the world.

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My father raised me to build computers, hardware. Literally, as an 8 year old, I had a soldering iron and circuit boards, and this was in neighbourhoods that wouldn’t have a whole lot of money or anything. And I figured out ways to just hustle.

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One day, my mum bought me this music production software for my computer, and I started making beats… I realised it was more like production than a video game, but it was a video game when I was playing it. That’s how I got into music production.

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The most important thing for me is the thing I strive for. But I also hope when I play my songs for people – adult, children, mostly children – that they feel mighty, they feel noble, they feel like warriors. And they feel like they can do anything in the world because that’s how I feel.

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I began my studies in a sound and electrical engineering program, but I ultimately created a major called ‘Ritual Art.’

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It’s better to do your purpose imperfectly than to do someone else’s purpose perfectly.

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Everything you touch touches you.

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I don’t have one geographic location that I’m exclusively loyal to.

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Every single place that’s brushed upon me has made me the artist that I am – from Nigerian Highlife music and the vocal melodies that I grew up on when I would be sitting with my father and his fellow chiefs, to the funk and freeness of the Bay Area groove, to L.A.’s smooth G-funk legacy, Brooklyn’s lyricism, and now Atlanta’s trap history.

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I like quality over quantity.

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In Brooklyn, all the kids call me the ‘Willy Wonka of the Hood.’

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