There's no denying the difference between American Hip Hop and Brit Hop. And Theophilus has an amazing way of taking a genre that's already great and making it better. A lot of British hip hop seems to have it's roots grounded in more pop/dance foundations where American hip hop is more urban and more raw. Don't misunderstand me, there is plenty of rap and hip hip in the UK that is downright hardcore and grimey but I think there seems to be a higher level of sophistication to the music from the other side of the pond. Theophilus (Theo for short) is more than just a hip hop artist. His music has an ability to transcend genres pushing him more toward the Alternative and allowing for him to have a much wider fan base. His performs in front of a live band and doesn't rely on a backing track like other artists and he seems to have a point of view that is larger than just dirty gangland business.
His version of hip hop does push boundaries and his lyrics are honest and they have a very forward thinking attitude but they also pay homage to those artists that have paved the way for him to be able to create particular brand of music he can. This track takes you on tour with him as he chronicles his adventures from all around the world. If you are a fan of intelligent lyrics with solid production that draws you in, check him out. You won't be disappointed and make sure you pick up a copy of Timez are Weird These Days and look out for the remix album Timez are Weird These Nights coming out April 24th at your favorite online retailer.
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