Yesterday, I attended the Mad Decent Block Party in Los Angeles. I saw performances from Zeds Dead, Theophilus London, Munchi, Paul Devro, 3Ball MTY, Bonde Do Role, Clockwork, Casey Veggies and Paper Diamond. I pretty much saw every act I wanted to and saw at least one that reaffirmed my belief he will not be a breakout star. Read my review below. (more…)
Pretty sure I was prepping for the double weekend right about the time of this release on July 3 which is why it flew under our rader. However I downloaded Theophilus London‘s latest mixtape, Rose Island Vol. 1, and I must say, it’s a MUST-LISTEN with several tracks I’m really digging.
Once again, Theophilus brings a futuristic rap that is fairly abstract and different from much of the hip-hop out there. He has sort of an urban pop/hipster-hop kind of style and while seeing TL live was a disappointment, his latest project is quite interesting and worth a listen. Stream and DOWNLOADRose Island Vol. 1.
Theophilus London recently dropped a new track off his upcoming album Rose Island. It’s called “Golden” and it’s a good one. Once again, the Brooklyn native is showing how innovative he can be and his maturity as an artist. I look forward to more tracks off Rose Island. In the meantime, enjoy!
We haven’t heard much from Theophilus London since the release of his debut album Timez Are Weird These Days. However, the first taste off his upcoming sequel to Lovers Holiday know as Lovers Holiday II: Rose Island has come upon us. This track is unique in many ways. With the interesting electronic and hip-hop sound and vocals by TL, I am definitely getting way more excited for what is next from the Brooklyn artist. Enjoy!
Once again the five best songs we received through soundcloud are a wide variety but sure to please the ears. Here’s Soundcloud’s Best for September. If you got music we need to hear, submit it to our Soundcloud.
Now for a group that if you are not familiar with them yet, you should be as they have a superfuture sound that is slowly catching on. Here’s Smokey Robotic‘s latest, “No Reality”, which features Redman! Haven’t heard from Redman in a while so that’s a great addition to quite an interesting song. No Reality (feat. Redman) by Smokey Robotic
Lastly comes another artist who has a fairly prominent feature on the blog, Aziz. The instrumental produced by No Studio is what caught my ear and the rapping from Aziz goes so well with this banging hip-hop anthem. My only question is, who the fuck is Clay Davis? Well I googled it and found out Clay Davis is a character from HBO’s The Wire and he was known for saying ”sheeeeee-it,” which the song ends with. I enjoy the song a bit more now knowing that. Aziz – Clay Davis
Which song do you like the most? Let us know in the facebook comments below!
My all-time favorite song from Theophilus London has been made into a music video! Although we lost some interest after seeing Theophilus London live, he still makes quality music and I wouldn’t be surprised if he achieves similar success to Kid Cudi in the future.
“I Stand Alone” is a song that deserves radio play which will probably happen once HBO’s How To Make It In America begins. Most of the promo’s for the show have included this song, and just as Entourage introduced the world to Kid Cudi’s “Day N Nite”, HTMIIA will do the same for “I Stand Alone.”
Read more to watch the official music video to “I Stand Alone”. (more…)
As you know, I have been looking very forward to Theophilus London‘s debut album Timez Are Weird These Days to drop and after it finally did, I heard of a free show that he was going to do at the infamous Amoeba record store in Hollywood and I had to attend. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in his performance for many reasons. He seemed way more into how he looked than the way he performed on stage. There were many times where you couldn’t even hear him rapping and singing. The instrumentals were way too loud that it covered up his voice. He appeared to be on lots of drugs because he could barely stand and speak. As a matter of fact there was a moment when he stopped a song half way through and started another one. There were also times when he just let his song play out and he just stood there. Pretty odd if you ask me.
Not all of it was his fault though. It was in a record store and not a legitimate music venue which means the sound quality and stage set up were not the best. Also he had been promoting his album all week on talk shows, music venues and many more which means he was likely very worn out and just needed a rest.
Besides all of this, I still really enjoy his album and think it will be very successful. I do feel that he needs to work on his stage presence a lot better though if he wants to remain in the music business for the long term. However, I guess I cannot be too upset considering it was a free show. Check out some of my favorite tracks that he performed. Enjoy!
Tomorrow urban hip-pop artist Theophilus London‘s debut album, Timez Are Weird These Days (pre-order on iTunes), comes out. I’m super excited for his major label debut as I think London has the potential to have similar success as Kid Cudi did with his unique alternative hip-hop album, Man On The Moon: The End Of Day.
To prepare you for Theophilus London‘s upcoming album, here’s my three favorites off the album that we and many other blogs haven’t posted yet. Girls Girls $ All Around The World Stop It
Want more Theophilus London music? Here’s two older songs from Theophilus that we haven’t blogged about. The production is a bit more raw and the rapping ain’t the best but worst case, listening to these two tracks below gives you an idea of how much Theophilus London has improved in over years time. Light Years Sorry To Interrupt
Don’t forget to check out Timez Are Weird These Days on iTunes and if you are in LA this Wednesday, rage with us at Amoeba Records at 6pm for a live set from Theophilus London. Or you can stream it! Details here.
We’ve been repping Theophilus London‘s music for quite sometime. So it is essential that we bring you all the new tracks by him fast. This time we have the much anticipated FULL VERSION of “I Stand Alone”. We first heard a preview of it when the How To Make It In America Season 2 teaser trailer dropped as it was the background song for it.
After hearing the full version. I continue to become impressed with the Brooklyn native’s talent as he quickly gains popularity. He brings and old school with a twist of 21st century flash to create an awesome sound. He is actually a pretty solid singer as well.
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