Theophilus London II, a rapper hailing from Brooklyn, New York, touched down in Sydney last week for an amazing night of beats, sound and lights at the Oxford Art Factory. It was such an impromptu night for me! I was not aware of his Australian tour for his “Timez Are Weird These Days” album, until Chau rang me up and invited me to join her for that night. Even though I was sick, I thought, “Hey why not?” Thank goodness I joined in!
“The debut album from Brooklyn’s Theophilus London plays like a blender, dicing and splicing his love of synthpop, rock, rap, and new wave into a deliciously eclectic, addictive sonic smoothie. London’s lighthearted, party rap tunes here are elevated the genre bending production and his ability to seamlessly drift between rapper and singer” (by Chad Grischow of IGN AU Edition).
I loved the cosiness feel of Oxford Art Factory whilst he performed. People on the dance floor were drawn into his allure, rhymes and dance moves. Even Big Boi, who came to support his solo performance, comically commented on Theophilus London’s “swag” essence maybe a billion times.
He performed music hits from his “Timez Are Weird These Days” album, like ‘Last Name London’, ‘Girls Girls $’ and ‘I Stand Alone’. He also crooned favourites, ‘Flying Overseas (feat. Devonte Hynes and Solange Knowles)’ and ‘Why Even Try (feat. Sara Quin)’ from his “Lovers Holiday” EP. As stated previously, Big Boi came to support his homey and partied up the club for his hour. He performed some of the OutKast and his solo hits, like ‘Ms. Jackson’, ‘B.O.B. (Bombs over Baghdad)’, ‘So Fresh So Clean’ and of course ‘Shutterbugg’.
We’ve created a 3-minute-recap video of the event. Watch, enjoy and reminisce!
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