Theophilus London is a name you could see a million times and not stop to pay attention. This is not a slight to him, mind you. This is more a slight to the overflux of material saturating the quote unquote industry. I definitely have seen TL before, and have heard TL before, but shame on me for not really paying attention until now.
TL comes from a long, special line of New York bred musicians who have come from island nations. He’s Trinidadian, which is a fun fact, and his influences are clearly varied. A standout single is, “I Stand Alone” from the 2011 album Timez Are Weird These Days. I feel like I heard that song in everybody’s commercial when it came out. While I find London’s music to be more pop leaning and safe, one can’t deny a great chorus, melody or vocal performance, and he has all that.
“If you think you’re special, you’re probably not”
Good lyrics, too. It’s funny they call him a rapper, because he sings waaaay more than he raps, but I guess that’s just funny semantics for yours truly. I’ve been bumping London for the past two days, giving the music as much attention as I can, considering I’m doing a review. Reviews should come with a heavy dose of said art critique. Generally speaking, his music is giving me heavy 80s vibes with future leaning rap like performances that I am not at all mad at.
In an era where retro is future and vintage is new, London clearly has a place in the time-space continuum. I suggest you do yourself a favor and check him out. If you need a late pass, I can give you one.
Suggested Listening: Rose Island Vol 1
Theophilus London performs at Lollapalooza in Chicago this summer!