Jidenna has announced his sophomore album, 85 to Africa, and shared the project’s first two singles: “Tribe” and “Sufi Woman.”
The rapper-singer showcases his versatility on the double-release. On the trap-tinged “Tribe,” Jidenna flaunts his clever wordplay while preaching about keeping a close-knit “tribe” of family and friends. On the other hand, he breaks out soulful vocals on “Sufi Woman,” a catchy Afropop tune.
Alongside the singles’ release, the Wondaland artist also revealed a trailer for his upcoming album, which tells the story of him being evicted from his Atlanta home. “Even with all the success, I was still another n***a displaced,” he says in the clip. “Where could I go where my land was my land? Where my home was my home? In desperation and panic, I hopped on the I-85 and went straight to Africa.”
Jidenna expanded on his idea for the project in a recent interview with MTV. “I wanted this album to be a highway that you could take to Africa,” he said. “We’re living in a time where there’s a lot less borders between people. There’s some people to build borders and make walls but the rest of us know that we are in a time where global culture is it. This album is a mixture of all of that.”
85 to Africa is expected to arrive August 23 via Epic Records. Listen to his new singles below.
And watch the trailer for 85 to Africa here: