Music Video Review: Theophilus London's "Hum Drum Town"

1/21/2010 Posted by Admin

By our guest blogger, Megan O'Malley

Theophilus London is one of those hip-hop artists that falls under the same category as the Flobots. Rather than just straight-up rapping, both choose to add lyrical depth to their songs, and thus create a uniquely smooth sound. “Hum Drum Town,” London’s latest release, is an excellent example of how he meshes the two together.

The video follows London as he goes to meet his girl at a karaoke club. Interjected between his journey to the bar are shots of one of those cheesy karaoke videos that plays along with the text--the text being actual lyrics from the song. Viewers witness all types of people belting out “Hum Drum Town.” Eventually London jumps on stage as well, singing his own tune with the machine. The video is great because it has a distinctive feel to it. Part karaoke video, part traditional music video--the two intertwine to create something that is fun to watch but not too out there.

London has a beautiful voice and raps at a pace that actually makes it plausible to understand what he is saying, similar to Mos Def. His singing abilities fit in just right with the style of the song--there definitely is a Ben Harper vibe about him. “Hum Drum Town” is something that will make listeners beg to hear more of London.

Grade: A

View the music video for "Hum Drum Town" below.  What are your thoughts?

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