Who’s Next: Theophilus London


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Theophilus London is a Trinidadian-born rapper and singer who hails from Brooklyn, and whose eclectic musical approach incorporates styles like soul and new wave, to electro and R&B. Drawing influence from artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, The Smiths, as well as Kraftwerk, London linked up with the New York City-based Normrex label in 2007. In 2008 he released his debut mixtape JAM!, following with This Charming Mixtape (2009), and I Want You (2010), which featured covers of classic songs. London then signed with Warner Bros. Records and soon after made his label debut with his Lovers Holiday EP (2011), which featured the Devonté Hynes and Solange Knowles-assisted hit “Flying Overseas.”

A few months later London dropped his full-length debut album Timez Are Weird These Days, which peaked at number 30 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart. Three years later he would release Vibes, his sophomore album that featured the styles of hip-hop, funk, reggae, soul, new wave, and was also executive-produced by Kanye West. The album-dedicated to his aunt-took two years to create, and features artists like Leon Ware, Jesse Boykins III, Force MDs, Yeezy, and more. With this many notches under his belt at the age of 27, you can only expect the MC to continue to deliver.



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