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Jidenna's "Knickers" Slaps, But It Ain't About Pants

It follows the lead of "Classic Man" in wrapping a pop nugget in subversive rebellion.

by Craig Jenkins
Jan 9 2016, 9:24pm

The genius of Jidenna's artistry is the way he braids radical Afrocentricity into his work while keeping his tracks slick and radio ready, and his latest, a jazzy bop called "Knickers," follows the lead of "Classic Man" in wrapping a pop nugget in subversive rebellion. You find out the gag early on in the video as Jidenna and friends walk up to a club only to be greeted by a neon sign warning "No Knickers." They quickly leave and dance it out at a nearby speakeasy while Jidenna grabs the mic and kicks melodic rhymes about black upliftment that each end in "my knickers." I really like what this guy's about, and if this gets on the radio I will yelp. Watch the "Knickers" video below.