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Theophilus London kicked off his tour in Feburary. Since Mark makes fun of me for being such a Theophilus stan I, of course, had to go. This is a video strictly by us talented Northeastern University students that I filmed after seeing his dope performance. It’s an up close and personal interview with him where he talks about some of his songs, the album cover, and his adventures on tour. This man is blowing up fast so get hip to him quick guys. And this isn’t just because I’m a huge fan.

Shouts out to Jordan for doing the interview and Lassandra for her editing skills.

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DOWNLOAD: Theophilus London- Ooos and Ahhs

I love love love this dude! Theophilus London brings a very nice freshness to the hip hop scene that’s pretty different from many of the other artist coming out today. It doesn’t hurt that he’s an AMAZING performer he has such a great stage presence and puts on a really energized show. So enjoy a new song he just leaked for all you lovely people.

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The third and final day at SXSW went out with a bang. I hate shitty phrases like that, but there’s no other way to describe what happened today at the Fader showcase. As we were leaving, 6th Sense said to me “It feels like we’re leaving Summer Jam man.” We were all dead, but it was because we saw Theophilus London (with Solange, as the video above shows), Bun B, Jadakiss/D-Block, and Kanye West with his GOOD Music imprint all back-to-back.

I’m not one to complain about about that line-up, but I thought it was odd to see Bun B and Jada rockin’ the Fader party. I say that because it seemed lost on a lot of the crowd. As StuffWhitePeopleLike taught me, the thing a hipster loves most is irony.

It didn’t stop there, because ‘Ye brought out Common and Erykah Badu. And the best part was, after Common spit a freestyle, Erykah went right back at it with her own. Who knew she could rap like that?

I don’t know how we survived the sea of nylon and Ray-Bans at the Fader Fort with how crazy it got having no food for 9 hours and sweating in the sun. Not to mention hipsters like to to drink.

I have a ton of video that will be working its way on the site these next few days, so definitely look out for that.

I’d like to thank everyone I met at SXSW for showing me a good time, all they contributed, and just being good people: Outasight, 6th Sense, Mike Maven, DJ Trackstar, Greg the Dude, Zo from OhDang! Mag, Cooked Classic, Eskay, TC, Nato Caliph, the Blacksmith family, and anyone who’s name I’m forgetting at 4 AM Austin time.

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DOWNLOAD: Theophilus London - This Charming Mixtape

This dude has crept on the scene and gotten the attention of my blogging contemporaries and I pretty quickly. It’s guys like this who make me wonder why we choose to listen to what we do, when he have hundreds of tracks crossing our way every week. Maybe in this case it’s his name, maybe it’s the mixtape cover, maybe it’s the YouTube videos. I’m not sure I know why I checked him myself, but I wasn’t disappointed, because he’s different.

Theophilus is the latest to come to us from the new promising stable of New York MCs, who make heavy use of the electro/synth sound. I don’t mean electro/synth as in auto-tune, so don’t prejudge the man before you can zShare it.

He strikes me as a guy that represents growth in hip-hop, kind of like progressive rockers do in their own world. I heard David Banner say once that the reason he loved J Dilla so much was because he was a guy who represented hip-hop growing up and evolving. I’m not comparing this guy to Dilla (I bet I had a few of you scared for a sec), but it’s real different stuff like this that makes me think there are a lot of frontiers left in hip-hop.

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