Theophilus London at the Fox Theatre
Everything was vibrating, even my nostrils. Theophilus London and crew had the bass up, way up, Thursday night at the Fox Theatre. Students were welcomed back in style by New York’s alternative hip-hop MC and trendsetter. The venue was packed with mostly students of the Hill variety and after a long summer away, they were ready to party. I ignored my surroundings as best as I could, tossed my camera on the stage, and got down to the opener “Lighthouse”. There was no way I could not move to the beats and rhythm provided.
And move I did for almost the entire show. It wasn’t traditional hip-hop as electronic beats drove the foundation. London’s rapping and singing was smooth and laid back; he ate up the energy from the crowd and made me believe he was passionate about performing.
However, I was slightly skeptical when “Girls Girls Money” began as the phrase was repeated. I stood still with crossed arms and thought about the culture of hip-hop, but I was caught! The bass player was looking at me from stage, his arms crossed with a sad face, mimicking me. I stopped thinking and got back to getting down.
I kept all of my thoughts and opinions away for the rest of the night, enjoyed the party, and danced. I’m sure that is what Theophilus would have wanted and let’s be honest, I’d probably do whatever Theophilus wanted.
Photos and review by Amy Moore-Shipley. Show on 08/23/12.