Theophilus London

Theophilus Musa London (born February 23, 1987) is an Trinidad and Tobagoan-born American rapper and singer.[1]

Theophilus London
Theophilus London SXSW 2009 (3377433755).jpg
Theophilus London in 2009
Background information
Birth nameTheophilus Musa London
Born (1987-02-23) February 23, 1987 (age 35)
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
Years active2007–present
Labels

Early lifeEdit

London was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and later moved to New York City, New York, U.S..[2] He then moved to Brooklyn and graduated in George Westinghouse High School in 2006.[3]

CareerEdit

 
London in 2011

His debut EP Lovers Holiday, released on Warner Bros. Records on February 7, 2011, featured TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, Sara Quin from Tegan and Sara, Glasser, and Solange Knowles.[1] His full-length debut album Timez Are Weird These Days, mixed by noted producer Dan Carey, was released by Warner Brothers on July 19, 2011.[4] London was one of the headliners of the Northside Festival in Brooklyn in June 2011.[5] On June 30, 2011, London performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, in response to which the Montreal Gazette remarked "Theophilus London is going to be big. Very big. The buzz has been building for some time."[6]

On February 22, 2012, London introduced his new single "Big Spender" to a select New York audience at the Encore Sessions at le Baron Chinatown. [7]

In September 2013, London revealed that the new album Vibes, was dedicated to his aunt who had died recently. He also said that he would be releasing a new mixtape titled I Want You Still and an EP with Jesse Boykins as Paris96 in the near future. In September 2014, it was announced that the new album would be released in October and executive produced by Kanye West.[8] He was featured in Azealia Banks' song "JFK" off her debut studio album Broke with Expensive Taste, released in November 2014.

In November 2016, London released the song "Revenge" with Ariel Pink. The song interpolated New Musik's song "They All Run After the Carving Knife", from the band's second album Anywhere.[9]

In October 2018, London released the song "Whiplash" with Tame Impala. They also covered the song "Only You" by Steve Monite.[10]

ArtistryEdit

According to critics, London's "genre-bending approach draws from a range of styles, from soul-pop and post-punk to electro and contemporary R&B," citing influences that include Michael Jackson and Prince as well as Kraftwerk and The Smiths."[11]

Personal lifeEdit

London's social media accounts, mainly Instagram, have allegedly been the subject of several hacks and privacy breaches.[12][13][14]

DiscographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gaston, Peter (February 4, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE EP: Hot Rapper Theophilus London". Spin.
  2. ^ Wilkinson, Isabel (July 17, 2011). "Can This Rapper Skip a Beat?". Newsweek. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Rapping with Theophilus London: Hot hip-hopper says Poconos broadened his music". Lehigh Valley Music. Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  4. ^ Schnipper, Matthew (May 20, 2011). "Cannes Goes Crazy for Theophilus London; Lars von Trier Goes Crazy at Cannes". The Fader.
  5. ^ "Pop and Rock Listings for June 10–16". The New York Times. June 9, 2011.
  6. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (June 30, 2011). "Montreal International Jazz Festival 2011: Theophilus London at Club Soda; June 29, 2011". The Gazette.
  7. ^ Good, Rana (February 22, 2012). "Theophilus London Wows Le Baron With New Tracks". SociétéPerrier.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2012.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Theophilus London and Ariel Pink Team Up on New Track "Revenge": Listen". Pitchfork. November 22, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Listen to Tame Impala and Theophilus London's New Songs". Pitchfork. October 23, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Artist Biography by Jason Birchmeier". Allmusic.
  12. ^ SOMETHING SCREWY IS GOING ON WITH THEOPHILUS LONDON'S INSTAGRAM at HipHopDX; by Chris Mitchell; published May 6, 2016; retrieved May 17, 2021
  13. ^ Theophilus London says he was "hacked" after being accused of trying to sell Miley Cyrus collab at The line of Best Fit; by Cerys Kenneally; published December 31, 2020; retrieved May 17, 2021
  14. ^ Theophilus London claims he was hacked after being accused of trying to sell Miley Cyrus track at NME.com; by Will Lavin; published December 31, 2020; retrieved May 1, 2021

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