Jidenna Discusses Wondaland’s Ability to Change the Game [VIDEO]
Wondaland is definitely a unique crew of musicians and Jidenna sees it. In a behind-the-scenes interview with the Janelle Monae-led group, the "Classic Man" singer explained what makes them different.
"I don't think any of us chase fame. We chase greatness. We chase the idea of being a legend and having a legacy to live beyond ourselves," said the 30-year-old as visuals with fans holding a Black power fist were shown. "When we study certain greats -- anybody from Madonna to James Brown..." he said before Janelle Monae added Stevie Wonder to the list -- to which he readily agreed before continuing.
"What you see is that after that artist existed everything after that changed. You couldn't be the same after Prince, Madonna, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone. All these great men and women, they totally changed the game. And that's why we're throwing the eephus pitch to do the same."
The aforementioned pitch, used in baseball, is a curve ball -- and can certainly be a game changer. In a landscape where hip-hop and pop rule the airwaves, artists like the "Yoga" singer and her crew are a change of pace. Not to mention, like the musicians they're emulating -- they're succeeding with it.
The collection of neo-soul, funk and soul artists gathered together in the Toyota-sponsored Eephus Tour over the summer. But while fans gathered to see the funky bunch, there was more to it than relaying good vibes and music -- they want to leave their mark.
Check out Jidenna explain his aspirations above.