Theo Martins

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Theo Martins
Theophilus Martins, Los Angeles CA 2015.jpg
Background information
Birth name Theophilus Martins III
Born Providence, Rhode Island
Genres Hip hop

Theophilus Martins III is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actor, DJ & fashion designer.[1][2][3] Known for his personal style,[4][5] he has been described as, "[a man that] marches to the beat of his own drum".[6] His EP, You Can’t Do That on Television, received major attention, drawing praise from AOL, GQ Magazine and The Washington Post.[7][8] Martins began his early career as a child actor landing a role in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated film,[9] Amistad.[10]

In 2015 Martins founded Good Posture, a media venture that encompasses entertainment, music, fashion, and art. As a multimedia creative collective and record label the company serves as an umbrella for all of Martins’ endeavors.[11][12]


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 minor success as a DJ, Martins wanted to pursue his career as a rapper and solo artist. Partnering with Okayplayer, a website co-founded by Amir “Questlove” Thompson, Martins presented his debut mixtape,The Birth.[13][14]

Early 2009 saw Theophilus appearing as an opening act for rapper Drake,[15] 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,[16][17] with 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,[18] which landed Theophilus as Prefix Magazine’s, “Artist To Watch”[19] and AOL’s, “Need To Know”[20] artist. The mixtape drew press from Hip-Hop mega-site Rap Radar,[21] 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.[22]

In the summer of 2011 Martins traveled to Asia to support Malaysian artist Mizz Nina on her International leg of her Homecoming Tour.[23][24] The two would go on to perform their collaborative effort, “Let Me C U Get It” together in Kota Kinabalu.[25][26] Following his return to the United States, Martins’ recorded “Take off Your Cool” (a remake of Andre 3000's original take[27] ) as part of New York City’s lifestyle website, Street Etiquette’s[28] Sartorial Sounds: Style and Music Editorial.[29][30]

After relocating to Los Angeles, Martins revealed he would be working on his debut album, Wonderland.[31][32] He released his debut album exclusively on iTunes October 16, 2012,[33] and informed the public that the music video for his single "KILLER" would be premiering on BET's 106 & Park.[34][35] The video, directed by Jon Jon Augustavo, known for his breakout music videos "Thrift Shop"[36] & "Same Love"[37] for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, went on to air on January 4, 2013.[38][39][40][40]

In the Fall of 2013 Martins announced he would be headlining his first tour titled, The 64 Tour. The 64 Tour, which spanned 15 dates throughout the North East, was introduced as a "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 and collaborating with Fool's Gold Records,[41] & Mad Decent Records[42] the tour drew attention. With a secret performance closing the tour in Rhode Island, the show saw a surprise appearance from Playboy Playmate Traci Bingham.

Upon returning from the tour, Theophilus was featured on BET 106 & Park's The Backroom.[43][44]


Martins' influences include Jay Z, Kanye West, Andre 3000, Pharrell Williams, Lauryn Hill & Will Smith


Year Title
2008 The Birth [45]
2010 You Can't Do That On Television [46]
2012 Wonderland [47]
2014 Doing It For Television [48]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Amistad Page 4 Academy Award Nominations
2016 End of Babes Alex [49]


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  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. "When's the last time you heard a rap with no curses that wasn't the clean version? Check out Lo Fi Love". Retrieved 2011. 
  8. ^ Sam. "10 Rappers You need to know". Retrieved 2010. 
  9. ^ "Box Office Mojo". Retrieved July 2016. 
  10. ^ Patillo, Sam. "Theo Martins speaks on background in music career, acting.". 
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  13. ^ Nottingham, Kevin. "Theo The Birth". Retrieved 2008. 
  14. ^ "Theo - The Birth". 2008. 2dopeboyz. 
  15. ^ Martin, Andrew. "Theo opens on So Far Gone Tour". Andrew Martin. Retrieved 2009. 
  16. ^ "Warren G Tour w/ Kidz in The Hall, U-N-I". Plug One Mag. Retrieved 2009. 
  17. ^ Curtis-Place, Anneliese. "SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved 2010. 
  18. ^ "You Can't Do That on Television". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2010. 
  19. ^ Martin, Andrew. "Theo Martins is Prefix Magazine's Artist to Watch". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2010. 
  20. ^ "Need to Know: Theo Martins". 2011. AOL's The BVX. Retrieved 2010. 
  21. ^ Dot, B. "Sincerely Yours, The Dance Floor". Rap Radar. Retrieved 2011. 
  22. ^ "Lloyd Banks brings friends out". Rap Radar. 
  23. ^ Noor, Nazri (12 June 2011). "Hip Hop Artistes open Sabah Festival (pg. 10)". New Sabah Times. 
  24. ^ "Return of the Real: Theo Martins". Refined Hype. Retrieved 2011. 
  25. ^ "Let Me C U Get it". URB Magazine. Retrieved 2011. 
  26. ^ Nina, Mizz. "Today in the Sabah Times on Sunday pg. 10!". Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  27. ^ Chui, Edward. "Sartorial Sounds". Retrieved 2011. 
  28. ^ Samuel, Anslem. "Black Blogger Month 2012: Street Etiquette". 2012. Black Enterprise. 
  29. ^ Martins, Jordan. "Sartorial Sounds Live in NYC". Retrieved 2011. 
  30. ^ Hotchkiss, Sean. "Street Etiquette Hosts "Sartorial Sounds"". Retrieved 2011. 
  31. ^ Ketura, Elyse. "Interview w/ Theo Martins". StupidDope. Retrieved 2012. 
  32. ^ Business, Diski. "Exclusive Interview: Theo Martins talks about Wonderland". RESPECT. Retrieved 2012. 
  33. ^ Higgins, Kennan. "V Playlist: Freeway, Vince Staples, 9th Wonder, Theo Martins". VIBE Magazine. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
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  41. ^ Atrak, DJ. "The 64 Tour is in Philly!". DJ Atrak. Retrieved 2013. 
  42. ^ Wentz, Diplo. "Mad Decent does The 64 Tour". Mad Decent Records. Retrieved 2013. 
  43. ^ Staff, BET. "Theophilus Martins Annihilates The Backroom!". BET Staff. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  44. ^ Staff, BET. "Theophilus Martins Annihilates The Backroom". BET. Retrieved 2013-10-16. 
  45. ^ "Theo debuts The Birth". 
  46. ^ "YCDTOTV is here". 
  47. ^ "Wonderland the Debut Album by Theo Martins". 
  48. ^ "Billboard debuts Martins new EP, Doing It For Television". 
  49. ^ "Jimmy Marble discusses End of Babes". 

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