Details: Your debut album, Timez Are Weird These Days, melds different genres, from hip-hop to New Wave. How do you define your music?
Theophilus London: My shit is about luxury. It's about women. It's about world traveling. It's about how I stand alone post-Osama. I don't want to be easily defined. I like the mystique thing about it, man.
Details: Why did you decide to record in L.A. and Stockholm?
Theophilus London: In L.A., it's sunny, it's warm, my boys are in drop-tops. As we recorded, we rolled around the city with it. After that, I wanted to challenge myself. I went to Stockholm in the middle of the winter. My environment always influences the records I make. I made the song "I Stand Alone" there after watching the Gaspar Noé movie of the same name. Also, I made the song "Girls Girls $" because I'm all about girls, girls, and money.
Details: How is your generation of hip-hop artists different from the last?
Theophilus London: We're a lot more personal with the fans. DMX wasn't checking what his fans were saying to him on Twitter or Facebook. Jay-Z is on a boat in Saint-Tropez. I'm hands-on. Girls write to me like I'm their diary. That's a huge responsibility. I don't take it for granted.
Details: Who is creating art right now that you admire?
Theophilus London: Kanye West. He's really just pushing it for the generation. I talked to him a couple weeks ago, and he told me to remember that there's always going to be some musician kid in Brooklyn who's eating his cereal and waiting to capitalize on your mistakes.
Details: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Theophilus London: I definitely want to finish a catalog of six albums or some shit like that. I might want to open a hotel and design all the rooms. Or maybe a museum that lets me curate all the events. I also like marketing.
Details: You're known for your fashion sense. What's your best style tip?
Theophilus London: I'll buy an old jacket and attach gold buttons and a couple royal patches. Or I'll find an old busted sweatshirt, tear out the zipper, and replace it with a $700 zipper. I make things my own. And you can be sure that I'm going to be as dressed-down as a motherfucker every time I step in a room. That's my thing.