COVERED: Boz Scaggs vs. Jidenna


Boz Scaggs used to release albums with some of the most interesting album covers, some memorable, a few peculiar and arguably, the cover for his [i]Middle Man[/i] album was somewhat peculiar. Who is this lady in fishnets and a red bathing suit and what does it mean if he is the middle man? Does it mean he is deeply into things that are in the middle and of so, what middle specifically? No matter, it was a hit album partly due to the success of the single “Jojo” and it seemed Scaggs began the 1980’s on a good note.

Jidenna Mobisson simply creates music as Jidenna and after gaining a nice buzz in the last few years, he’s about to drop his debut solo album tomorrow called [i]The Chief[/i] and what does he do for the cover? He becomes the middle man and we’re about to see how much in the middle he will be getting in the years to come.

VIDEO: Janelle Monáe featuring Jidenna’s “Yoga”

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This is the new Janelle Monáe song and video and as you can clearly see, she has a new vibrant look, as well as a new sound. Will this appeal to her older fans or did she just get bored with herself and wanted to cater to a younger audience? More importantly, will this work and will she move out of this with her next album or is this where Monáe will be staying for the rest of her life? Is the use of yoga offensive in this context? Can you be in context but then get out of context for the sake of selling a song and making a pitch? Whatever it is, it’s here to stay and it’s possible that this may be the embarrassing song from Monáe forthcoming album The Eephus and that something far better will be the second single. We will see but I can tell you that the song here also features Jidenna.