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Timez Are Weird These Dayz

LO-FI, HIGH STYLE London's goofball style and bumping beats are a welcome break from a synth-heavy summer

LO-FI, HIGH STYLE London's goofball style and bumping beats are a welcome break from a synth-heavy summer

B+

Timez Are Weird These Days

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap; Lead Performer: Theophilus London; Music Label: Reprise Records

The Brooklyn MC has been refining his lo-fi hip-pop on the mixtape circuit for years now. His debut full-length has a distinctly downtown vibe to it — as if made to soundtrack the lives of cool kids who pair fitted slacks and Air Jordans with felt-brim hats. London possesses a rich set of gifts: songs like the bass-bumping ”Love Is Real” showcase his penchant for poignant rhymes, goofball puns, and Kid Cudi-like melodic moans. Odd? Yes. But Timez Are Weird These Dayz feels like a welcome cool breeze in sweltering mid summer. B+

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Originally posted July 14 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT

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