On his latest single “Rio,” Theophilus London gets funky by channeling the soul greats of the ’70s. On the horn-laden throwback track, featuring the Menahan Street Band, the Brooklyn rapper shows off his sultry vocals and sounds far more relaxed than he did on his 2011 debut, Timez Are Weird These Days.
“I wanted to put a vibe out there that would change people’s taste buds of what they perceive me to be,” London told Radio.com. “So I teamed up with the Menahan Street Band and you know we made a classic song.”
But this song won’t be on London’s upcoming album Vibezz–tentatively slated for release this fall—instead it’s just a treat for fans looking to hear something new. London says the album itself will be much different from anything else he’s every done.
When asked what it will sound like, London offered a few different descriptions: “It’s like real new-school, new-beat. It’s like digital. It’s like progressive electric funk.” Then he just cut to the chase: “I’m trying to predict the future instead of being nostalgic.”
London is tired of people talking about the good ol’ days of hip-hop. “When the ‘80s were happening, everyone was trying to predict the future,” he said. “But this generation now, they’re trying to think about the past.”