Earlier this month, the genre-bending queen of pop for the discerning music fan, Janelle Monáe, revealed plans to unleash her Wondaland Art Society, the fellow artists and songwriters she’s collaborated with on her first two studio albums (which are among the finest records of the current decade), upon the Earth. Through a partnership with Epic, Wondaland Records is fostering and releasing music from Monáe’s close-knit inner circle. A compilation is due in May featuring music from all five of Wondaland’s current roster, including Monáe herself, who will debut ‘Yoga’.
But, for now, ‘Classic Man’ by Brooklyn-based, exquisitely-bearded wordsmith Jidenna is the latest step in the Wondaland story. The song, which also features Roman GianArthur (the fella responsible for those majestic orchestral overtures on Monáe’s albums), is a self-assured trap anthem in the vein of Drake. Many a ‘hood’ track is beloved for its show and bass that compels you to get low. There’s plenty of that here, only with more grandeur than you could shake your great grandpa’s gold-tipped cane at. Speaking to The Fader, Jidenna said the song “is an anthem for the gentleman who carries himself with dignity and integrity”. The video (and this Tumblr) say it all.
Classic Man is out now and will also appear on the forthcoming Wondaland Records compilation due in May on Wondaland/Epic.
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