Theophilus London

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

Theophilus London
Theophilus London at Fri-Son in Fribourg, Switzerland.jpg
Theophilus London at Fri-Son in Fribourg, Switzerland (2010)
Background information
Birth nameTheophilus Musa London
Born (1987-02-23) February 23, 1987 (age 32)
Trinidad and Tobago
OriginBrooklyn, New York City
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • model
Years active2007–present
Labels
Associated actsDev Hynes, Leon Ware, Tame Impala

Early lifeEdit

London was born in Trinidad, and later moved to Brooklyn, New York.[2] He then moved to the Poconos and graduated from Pocono Mountain East High School in 2006.[3]

CareerEdit

 
Theophilus London (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]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

MixtapesEdit

  • 2008: Jam!
  • 2009: This Charming Mixtape
  • 2010: I Want You
  • 2012: Rose Island Vol. 1
  • 2018: Nights B4 Bebey

EPsEdit

  • 2011: Lovers Holiday
  • 2014: Lovers Holiday II[12]
  • 2019: Lovers Holiday III

SinglesEdit

  • 2011: "Flying Overseas"
  • 2013: "Rio" (feat. Menahan Street Band)
  • 2014: "Tribe" (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
  • 2014: "Neu Law"
  • 2014: "Do Girls"
  • 2018: "Bebey"
  • 2018: "Only You" (feat. Tame Impala)
  • 2019: "Whiplash" (feat. Tame Impala)
  • 2019: "Cuba"
  • 2020: "Queen Of My Generation" (feat. Miley Cyrus)

RemixesEdit

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 30 May 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. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Theophilus London and Ariel Pink Team Up on New Track "Revenge": Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  10. ^ "Listen to Tame Impala and Theophilus London's New Songs". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-12-29.
  11. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Artist Biography by Jason Birchmeier". Allmusic.
  12. ^ "Stream and Download Theophilus London - Lovers Holiday 2". Orange Mixtapes. February 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Timez Are Weird These Nights by Theophilus London". Apple Inc. iTunes. Retrieved May 2, 2012.

External linksEdit