Theophilus London, one of hip-hop’s most promising new stars, takes the stage in Miami this weekend as part of the W South Beach’s continuing celebration of its two-year anniversary. We caught up with London to find out what is on his radar right now. (RSVP for tonight’s performance here.)
Where do you normally spend time when visiting Miami? THEOPHILUS LONDON: Mostly at the W, which isn’t too bad. [laughs] I like to spend time with friends on the beach. It’s difficult when I’m working to get out and enjoy the city. I need to come back on vacation. I really like Miami.
What can we expect to hear at the W performance? TL: A lot of songs from my new album, Timez Are Weird These Days, and also some familiar favorites from my mixtape [This Charming Mixtape], too. The mixtape is so loved by the crowd and they sing along and it’s great. Mixtape is how I found my devoted followers.
Who are you listening to lately? TL: Oh, I’ve been listening to The Throne album, Kanye and Jay-Z’s new work. It’s a great album and they’re doing really exciting work.
You’re known for your stylish ways. What are you wearing these days? TL: I just bought a pair of Louis Vuitton shoes and some vintage 1940 black leather polo boots which go half way to the knee. A Raf Simmons blazer because I love the fit. To me fashion is about the fit. Lots of Jordans because I couldn’t afford all the ones I wanted as a kid. I also like to create my own stuff so I work with my tailor.
Where do you go shopping when you’re in Miami? TL: No offense, but I don’t. Too much Ed Hardy here.
You obviously haven’t been to The Webster. TL: No, I haven’t. But…