Theophilus London is one of the new breed of rappers whose sound is informed equally by the dance club is it is by the street. The Brooklyn-based MC has made a name for himself on stage (touring with DJ A-Trak, as part of the 10,000 Pound Hamburger Tour) and on the blogs (where he is something of a critical darling) this year with his engaging, club-informed hip-hop, which can be heard on the This Charming Mixtape (the name of which pays tribute to The Smiths, while the mixtape’s cover acknowledges Elvis Costello).
On this edition of “The 5,” London, whose “Humdrum Sound” was recently released on Green Label Sound, talks about his hobby of collecting hats and pins, his love of geometric shapes, his affection for ’80 Brit titans The Smiths and Joy Division and much more.
Check out Theophilus London’s MTV.com interview below. And be sure to check out This Charming Mixtape.