London Calling [Interview]
Vancouver, BC- With his unique style and ever-growing popularity – especially with the ladies – Theophilus London is definitely a force to be reckoned with. During his stop in Vancouver on the Tour De Roses, HipHopCanada’s KassKills checks in with the Brooklyn rapper and rising star to briefly chat about fashion, pop culture and what kinda questions he’d rather answer in an interview.
HipHopCanada: Welcome back to Vancity. How’s the Tour De Roses been so far?
Theophilus London: The tour’s great man. I’m so excited to be with such a good young team so early in the year with new material that’s not even ready yet. Just happy to be out here performing. To be able to be out here in front of the kids, its a good thing. They can see me and feel me and see that I’m real and I can feel them and touch them.
HipHopCanada: You’ve said in the past “Clothes don’t make the man, the man makes the clothes”. You’re always on top of your fashion game: any plans to take fashion or design to the next level?
Theophilus London: I’m always gonna design. I designed this jacket, these pants. I designed the tour fliers, my album cover, all the merch. Basically just having a good time designing and writing music.
HipHopCanada: Who do you have your eye on in fashion and who do you wear?
Theophilus London: I like Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren. I like icons like Hugh Hefner. I look up to guys like him.
HipHopCanada: What are your thoughts on pop culture? What are you feeling these days?
Theophilus London: Oh, I like pop culture. I see everything, I hear everything. I’m an artist of pop culture, an artist of this generation. My music represents this time, represents pop culture today. So my current state of mind is obviously going on with the online piracy act, some Olympics about to start or even some girl showing her vagina on World Star. Whatever the case may be, it might end up in my music. It all inspires me. I can be inspired from bottled water cause its so pure and innocent you know? Then I get my music to sound like that.
HipHopCanada: You’ve worked with Sara Quin from Teagan and Sara, who are Canadian girls. Any artists out here in Canada you’re looking out for or hope to work with?
Theophilus London: I don’t ever hope to work with someone. I’ve never had to wish or put it out there to work with them. I just say hopefully we meet up in the universe and see what happens. My collaborations are through friendship only. I work with these kids here, you know cause it’s through friendship and love.
HipHopCanada: I see you’re touring with a live band, wanna shout out your homies?
Theophilus London: Yeah, Phony Ppl man. Get that Phonyland. Phonyland album is the best shit out right now. P-h-o-n-y P-p-l.
HipHopCanada: You’ve had quite a few mixtapes out in the past, an EP and now two albums. Do you find that things have changes since putting out a full-length album?
Theophilus London: Ya, you know. It’s more on a commercial level. The songs are really starting to hit so they getting put on TV, baseball games, HBO stuff like that. But you know, I already had a following from the mixtapes so it’s not about recognition it’s about more people jumpin’ on knowing who Theophilus London is and being conscious of it. Trying to get as many people as we can. Just making stuff for them to be excited about.
HipHopCanada: You draw from a wide range of styles. Can you give us a bit of insight into who some of your influences are?
Theophilus London: I don’t like to share that. Don’t like to talk about my secrets. I actually hate that question. People always ask me that. I want people to ask me real shit not like “who started you off?” or “who you like as a person?”. Ask me some real shit, you wanna know about me. Like “what’s your favorite color?” just like weird questions about me but nah, its cool.
HipHopCanada: Ok then. Well…you’re quite handsome and a bit of a killer with the ladies. For all the female readers, tell us what you look for in a girl.
Theophilus London: I like confidence, I like sexy. You know, being cute and being sexy is two different things. I like booty, yeah, I like a lot of booty.
HipHopCanada: That’s our favorite answer. Thanks a lot!
Interview conducted by @KassKills for HipHopCanada
Photography by Amalia Judith for HipHopCanada