Theophilus Martins

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Theophilus Martins
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Martins in Providence, RI. 2012
Background information
Birth name Theophilus Martins
Also known as Theo Martins
Born 1987 (age 26–27)
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Genres hip hop
Occupations Rapper, songwriter, producer, DJ, model, singer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Good Posture
Website theophilusmartins.com

Theophilus Martins (born 1987) is an American rapper, DJ & model[1] from Providence, Rhode Island.[2][3] Martins, also known for his personal style,[4][5] was described by MTV as "[a man that] marches to the beat of his own drum".[6] Martins received major attention after releasing You Can’t Do That on Television, drawing praise from AOL, GQ Magazine and The Washington Post.[7][8] Martins made an early career as a child actor landing a role in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated film,[9] Amistad.[10]

Career[edit]

During his freshmen year of high school Martins purchased his first set of turntables. Through this purchase he later gained local fame traveling as a tour DJ for Chris Brown, Rakim, Lloyd Banks, Cassidy and others.[11] After small success as a DJ, Martins wanted to pursue his career as a rapper and solo artist. Partnering with Okayplayer, website co-founded by Amir “Questlove” Thompson, Martins presented his debut mixtape, The Birth to notable acclaim.[12][13]

Early 2009 saw Theophilus appearing as an opening act for rapper Drake,[14] while the rest of 2009 was spent touring with West-Coast Hip-Hop legend Warren G, U-N-I and Kidz in The Hall for G’s “G-Files” tour,[15][16] spawning 22 dates nation-wide.

In Spring of 2010 Martins collaborated with Ohio-producer $port for the release of their collaborative EP, You Can’t Do That on Television,[17] which landed Theo as Prefix Magazine’s, “Artist To Watch”[18] and AOL’s, “Need To Know”[19] artist. Collectively, the duo are known as Chris Connery, $port paying homage to Chris "DJ Premier" Martin and Theo paying homage to Sean Connery.[20] Theo followed up with mixtape, Sincerely Yours, The Dance Floor, drawing inspiration from more eclectic instrumentation.[21] The mixtape drew press from Hip-Hop mega-site Rap Radar,[22] Complex Magazine and MTV. Martins was invited to perform alongside Lloyd Banks at his “Hunger For More 2” album release at New York City’s Best Buy Theatre.[23]

In the summer of 2011 Martins traveled to Asia to support Malaysian artist Mizz Nina on her International leg of her Homecoming Tour.[24][25] The two would go on to perform their collaborative effort, “Let Me C U Get It” together in Kota Kinabalu.[26][27] Following his return to the United States, Martins’ recorded “Take off Your Cool” (a remake of Andre 3000's original take[28] ) as part of New York City’s lifestyle website, Street Etiquette’s[29] Sartorial Sounds: Style and Music Editorial.[30][31]

Recently relocating to Los Angeles, Martins revealed he would be working on his debut album, Wonderland.[32][33] Martins released his debut album exclusively on iTunes October 16, 2012.[34] Martins informed the public that his music video for his single "KILLER" would be premiering on BET's 106 & Park.[35][36] The video, directed by Jon Jon Augustavo, known for his breakout music videos "Thrift Shop"[37] & "Same Love"[38] for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, went on to air on January 4, 2013.[39][40][41][41]

In 2012 Theophilus formed Good Posture, which he has said functions as a creative company.[42] Good Posture has handled Art Direction for his album Wonderland along with direction for numerous musicians.

In the Fall of 2013 Martins informed the public that he would be professionally using his birth name. As Martins explained it, "I've decided to go by Theophilus Martins. It's my name and it's who I am. I've wanted to be someone else for so long. Until now." [43] Following this announcement Martins announced he would be headlining his first tour titled, The 64 Tour. The 64Tour, which spanned 15 dates throughout the North East, was introduced as an "Social Interactive tour", where Martins, accompanied with a Nintendo 64 Console, challenged fans in numerous games after his performance. Traveling through Washington, D.C, Philadelphia & Atlanta, collaborating with Fool's Gold Records[44] & Mad Decent Records[45] in the process, the tour grew in attention. With a secret show closing the tour in Rhode Island, the show saw a surprise appearance from Playboy Playmate Traci Bingham.

Upon returning from Tour, Theophilus was featured on BET 106 & Park's The Backroom.[46][47]

Discography[edit]

Title Album Details
The Birth
You Can't Do That on TV
Sincerely Yours, The Dance Floor
Wonderland

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://promoteandpreserve.com/blog/2013/9/22/theophilusmartins/musician
  2. ^ Stewart, Allison (13 July 2010). "Singles from Rye Rye, Theo Martins". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Conti, Chris. "Magic Man". Retrieved 2009. 
  4. ^ Info, Miss. "New Mixtapes: Mac Miller, Lil B, Theo Martins". Mikey Fresh. Retrieved 2011. 
  5. ^ "26 Bands + South by superlatives". URB Magazine. Retrieved 2011. 
  6. ^ Patterson, Joseph. "International Ones To Watch". Retrieved 4 May 2011. 
  7. ^ D'Ambrosia, Joe. "Whens the last time you heard a rap with no curses that wasnt the clean version. check out lo fi love". Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ "10 Rappers You need to know". Retrieved 2010. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 1998. 
  10. ^ Patillo, Sam. "Theo Martins speaks on background in music career, acting..". 
  11. ^ "Theo Sweetest Language". 2008. Okayplayer. 
  12. ^ Nottingham, Kevin. "Theo The Birth". Retrieved 2008. 
  13. ^ "Theo - The Birth". 2008. 2dopeboyz. 
  14. ^ Martin, Andrew. "Theo opens on So Far Gone Tour". Andrew Martin. Retrieved 05/06/09. 
  15. ^ "Warren G Tour w/ Kidz in The Hall, U-N-I". Plug One Mag. Retrieved 2009. 
  16. ^ Curtis-Place, Anneliese. "SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved 2010. 
  17. ^ "You Can't Do That on Television". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2010. 
  18. ^ Martin, Andrew. "Theo Martins is Prefix Magazine's Artist to Watch". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2010. 
  19. ^ "Need to Know: Theo Martins". 2011. AOL's The BVX. 
  20. ^ "Goodwill hunting - RZA 94". Pot Holes in My Blog. Retrieved 2010. 
  21. ^ Iraheta, Mark. "Sincerely Youts". Complex Magazine. Retrieved 2011. 
  22. ^ "Sincerely Yours, The Dance Floor". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2011. 
  23. ^ "Lloyd Banks brings friends out". Rap Radar. 
  24. ^ Noor, Nazri (12 June 2011). "Hip Hop Artistes open Sabah Festival (pg. 10)". New Sabah Times. 
  25. ^ "Return of the Real: Theo Martins". Refined Hype. Retrieved 2011. 
  26. ^ "Let Me C U Get it". URB Magazine. Retrieved 2011. 
  27. ^ Nina, Mizz. "Today in the Sabah Times on Sunday pg. 10!". Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  28. ^ Chui, Edward. "Sartorial Sounds". Retrieved 2011. 
  29. ^ Samuel, Anslem. "Black Blogger Month 2012: Street Etiquette". 2012. Black Enterprise. 
  30. ^ Martins, Jordan. "Sartorial Sounds Live in NYC". Retrieved 2011. 
  31. ^ Hotchkiss, Sean. "Street Etiquette Hosts "Sartorial Sounds"". Retrieved 2011. 
  32. ^ Ketura, Elyse. "Interview w/ Theo Martins". StupidDope. Retrieved 2012. 
  33. ^ Business, Diski. "Exclusive Interview: Theo Martins talks about Wonderland". RESPECT. Retrieved 2012. 
  34. ^ Higgins, Kennan. "V Playlist: Freeway, Vince Staples, 9th Wonder, Theo Martins". VIBE Magazine. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  35. ^ http://theomartins.us/2013/01/02/killerbet/
  36. ^ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151203755682966&set=a.10150229939962966.323579.120094977965&type=1
  37. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK8mJJJvaes
  38. ^ http://seattlemag.com/macklemore-and-ryan-lewis-perform-same-love-ellen
  39. ^ https://twitter.com/TheoMartins/status/287619021761806337
  40. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQcJVUR1znI
  41. ^ a b http://www.bet.com/shows/106-and-park/106-park-voting.vote_38.html
  42. ^ Cones, Corbin. "Theophilus is in Los Angeles". Cones. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  43. ^ Martins, Theophilus. "Name Change". 9/22/13. Self. 
  44. ^ Atrak, DJ. "The 64 Tour is in Philly!". DJ Atrak. Retrieved 10/7/13. 
  45. ^ Wentz, Diplo. "Mad Decent does the64Tour". Mad Decent Records. Retrieved 10/7/1095. 
  46. ^ Staff, BET. "Theophilus Martins Annihilates The Backroom!". BET Staff. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  47. ^ Staff, BET. "Theophilus Martins Annihilates The Backroom". BET. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 

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