Martins in Providence, RI. 2012
|Birth name||Theophilus Martins|
|Also known as||Theo Martins|
|Born||1987 (age 26–27)
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
|Occupations||Rapper, songwriter, producer, DJ, model, singer|
Theophilus Martins (born 1987) is an American rapper, DJ & model from Providence, Rhode Island. Martins, also known for his personal style, was described by MTV as "[a man that] marches to the beat of his own drum". Martins received major attention after releasing You Can’t Do That on Television, drawing praise from AOL, GQ Magazine and The Washington Post. Martins made an early career as a child actor landing a role in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated film, Amistad.
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. 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.
Early 2009 saw Theophilus appearing as an opening act for rapper Drake, 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, 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, which landed Theo as Prefix Magazine’s, “Artist To Watch” and AOL’s, “Need To Know” artist. Collectively, the duo are known as Chris Connery, $port paying homage to Chris "DJ Premier" Martin and Theo paying homage to Sean Connery. Theo followed up with mixtape, Sincerely Yours, The Dance Floor, drawing inspiration from more eclectic instrumentation. The mixtape drew press from Hip-Hop mega-site Rap Radar, 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.
In the summer of 2011 Martins traveled to Asia to support Malaysian artist Mizz Nina on her International leg of her Homecoming Tour. The two would go on to perform their collaborative effort, “Let Me C U Get It” together in Kota Kinabalu. Following his return to the United States, Martins’ recorded “Take off Your Cool” (a remake of Andre 3000's original take ) as part of New York City’s lifestyle website, Street Etiquette’s Sartorial Sounds: Style and Music Editorial.
Recently relocating to Los Angeles, Martins revealed he would be working on his debut album, Wonderland. Martins released his debut album exclusively on iTunes October 16, 2012. Martins informed the public that his music video for his single "KILLER" would be premiering on BET's 106 & Park. The video, directed by Jon Jon Augustavo, known for his breakout music videos "Thrift Shop" & "Same Love" for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, went on to air on January 4, 2013.
In 2012 Theophilus formed Good Posture, which he has said functions as a creative company. 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."  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 & Mad Decent Records 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.
|You Can't Do That on TV||
|Sincerely Yours, The Dance Floor|
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