Indie pioneers. It’s safe to say, Lil Wayne would be incapable of such cleverness.
After three mixtapes helped him build a growing international fan base, London signed with Warner Brothers Records and released the EP Lovers Holiday, which included several special guests but, again, not ones you might expect if you were to go in only knowing London as a “Hip Hop artist”; the EP included appearances by Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio, experimental singer/songwriter Glasser and Tegan and Sara’s Sara Quinn.
After the EP, London dropped his debut long-player for Warner/Reprise, Timez Are Weird These Days, which helped raise his profile (again) considerably. And the eclecticism was back in full effect, further frustrating music critics, chart-makers radio programmers and others who worry too much about genres. Rolling Stone’s review of the album described the album as “Hipster Rap” (in a passive aggressively derogatory review) and his first bio for the album called it “Urban Electro Pop,” which is even less elucidating.
Hit up his show this week at Bogart’s to see if you can come up with a better descriptor. For now, let’s just call it “very entertaining.”
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