Classic Man Lyrics by Jidenna


Jidenna Lyrics

Classic Man Lyrics
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My name calling all night
I can pull the wool while I'm being polite
Like, darling calling all night
I can be a bull while I'm being polite
Like, oh me, oh me oh my
I know many women want to be in my life
Like, oh me, oh me oh my
Why can't every woman end up being my wife?

[Pre-Hook:]
Even if she go away, even if she go away
Even if she go away, even if she go away

[Hook:]
I'm a classic man
You can be mean when you look this clean
I'm a classic man
Calling on me like a young OG
I'm a classic man
Your needs get met by the street, elegant old fashioned man
Yeah baby I'm a classic man

I burn through the hood like whoa
When everybody's feeling so cold
I'm cool like Nat King Cole
And niggas get a bit of my glow
I got charm like a leprechaun, mummafunka
Now y'all f*cking with the wrong mummafunka
Treat me like a don, mummafunka
And we don't live by the law, mummafunka

[Pre-Hook]

[Hook]

[Roman GianArthur:]
I burn through the gate like whoa
And everybody get in, we know
I love life, living like gold
And niggas wanna get in my glow
I got mad love for my crew, mummafunka
I'm the- I'm the man, who are you mummafunka?
Shine bright like a jewel, mummafunka
Even under fire I'm cool, mummafunka

[Roman GianArthur:]
Even when she go away, even when she go away
Even when she go away, even when she go away

[Hook]

Keep my gloves dirty but my hands clean
Got to keep the business in the family
Bread when I'm filling up the pantry
Now my niggas slang 'caine like a dandy
I tell you how it go
You pull out rubber bands, I pull out an envelope
The ladies on my elbow ain't for the show
Every madame on my team is a top general, oh
Got to be ready for war, war
Should they get into my door, door?
Get 'em, we'll get 'em, I know that we'll get 'em
Cause I lived through this shit before, oh

[Hook]
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Classic Man Info:

• Jidenna explained the meaning of "Classic Man":
"I don’t think it’s about fashion. It’s not about capital, it’s not about age; it’s about character... It is an exceptional man, especially in this day and age where there are few men of honor in the streets. That’s what comprises and composes a classic man.

• Jidenna explained the video:
"We wanted to create a video that was telling of the lifestyle I live as a man. Part of that lifestyle includes soirees and hosting these swank ceremonies, but another part of it is really just being a neighborhood man, a man that cares about people beyond his own blood."

• Jidenna is signed to the same label as Janelle Monáe. He is also featured on her song Yoga.

From the Album:
The Eephus (2015)

Released:
June 22, 2015

Length:
3:46

Music video:
"Classic Man" on YouTube

• Jidenna further talking about the video:
"The scene that you see with the youth being arrested by the police officers, that's straight out of the book of my own life. We were very intentional about showing how you can co-operate with police officers and the youth. There's definitely a lot of scrutiny surrounding the militarized police that we have in the US right now.

I don't want a world where the citizens and the police are fighting each other. I wanted to show a world where youth don't get shot when police run up on them. Afterwards you see those kids going to the chiefing academy where they learn arts and sciences. You witness the element of us serving the neighborhood youth, and later on you see us turning up."

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