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Is it Jidenna’s, music, hair or his sense of style that stands out more? That definitely depends on who you’re talking to, but he does credit one of those to his father.

Way before Jidenna was a ‘classic’ man he was student at Stanford, and was encouraged by his professor, Philip Zimbardo, to try out different types of fashion.

“We had an experiment where we had to dress like somebody else every day for five days,” Jidenna stated. “I’d come in Abercrombie & Fitch one day. Another day I’d be in a varsity jacket like a jock guy.”

But Jidenna’s “dandy” fashion didn’t come until play until 5 years ago, when he was grieving the death of his father, a Nigerian professor who helped design Africa’s first personal computer.

“It was my way of grieving, initially,” he told Billboard.

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

“I wanted to make sure I was a ­walking poster, almost like a ghost of a past,” he says. “America is haunted by an apparition steeped in slavery, and I wanted to remind everyone that, ‘Yo, we’ve got to handle this.’ ”

Not everyone is a fan of Jidenna’s style and that’s ok. But you can’t deny the fact that he’s definitely bringing dandy fashion to the forefront.

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