Theophilus London with e.d.g.e. in Vancouver (Live) [Review]
Vancouver, B.C. – Regime Entertainment brought Theophilus London to Fortune Sound Club this past Thursday night. It is safe to say that he not only produces a sound that is original, but he draws a crowd that blends hipsters and hip-hop heads alike, all trying to enjoy a good time – a blend of personalities that becomes increasingly evident at hip-hop shows these days. As it develops to suit its context, more and more people seem to relate to hip-hop.
The opening act E.D.G.E. is a staple of the Vancouver scene yet for many it was a first exposure. As soon as he hit the stage in his glasses, East Van tee and skinny jeans with leather chucks, he was in blast-off mode. The crowd responded almost immediately by dancing: they moved in towards the stage to see what all the noise was and as soon as they got up to the front they were loving what they saw and hands started flying up in the air. The boy is smooth and cool as ice. His first track brought out the excitement in the crowd and from there he kept it going. There was no loss of love for this MC as he moved through about ten of his tracks. He was on point and calm throughout the entire time, while he expressed some pretty deep thoughts and shared some personal life experiences with the crowd.
Theophilus London flew on stage in a green jacket, glasses, leather sailing shoes and skinny jeans. Though the attire said timid, he was spitting pure fire. The ladies loved this guy, and there were girls dying to get on stage next to him. A few of the girls even had to be swept aside in order for the man to do his thing – electro hip-hop – a genre which he does better than anyone. The crowd was dancing like they were at a rave as Theophilus played tracks from the new mixtape I Want You. The songs included the title track which covers Marvin Gaye in a most innovative way, and the swarthy “Flying Over Seas.” He played many tracks form his older This Charming Mixtape as well as debuting a couple from his upcoming EP including the Nat King Cole cover “Calypso blues.”
The reaction of the crowd as he played through his catalogue was a sure implication to the success this fresh young rapper and singer is going to enjoy.
Written by Samantha Cairns for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada