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Jidenna - Long Live the Chief Tour 

When: Sun., July 30, 9 p.m. 2017
Price: $20 ADV, $22 DOS
Splashing onto the scene in 2015 with his sauntering single "Classic Man," its eventual Kendrick Lamar remix and a dandy style to accompany it all, the Harlem Renaissance-referencing Jidenna runs in a circle of alternative hip-hoppers that is simultaneously futurist and, well, classic. The dapper Nigerian-American has had a unique, worldly upbringing, his childhood split between his father’s Nigeria and New England, eventually leading him to Stanford University and a career in teaching. Rapping throughout, his music piqued the attention of visionary songwriter and actress Janelle Monae, who signed him to her burgeoning label, Wondaland Records in 2015. His album, Long Live The Chief, is his first full length release, a swaggering, diverse project that ranges from the Luke Cage-featured mean mug “Long Live The Chief” to the summery dancehall jam “Little Bit More.” The show’s been sold out for weeks, but he’s an act that merits a peek at secondary ticketing sources to try to wiggle your way into the Grog. (Lawrence Neil)

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