What a combination! Big Boi (accompanied by a full band including horns, DJ and hypeman) and Theophilus London (accompanied by guitar dude, bland blonde DJ girl, and Cousin Brian - hi Brian) are currently touring Australia; Big Boi in the country for the third time in about twelve months, and Theophilus on his virgin Australian excursion (PLEASE GO SPOON A KOALA AND SEND US PICS). Big Boi was headlining The Enmore Theatre last Saturday night with Theophilus in support. Both excellent entertainers, these two were an interesting comparison in genres of onstage cool.
Though Big Boi and Theophilus London each own a very different kind of charisma, both have amazing stage presence. Big Boi wears his swag as casually as he dons and doffs the hats of his multi-mad-skills as a rapper, songwriter and producer (as well as registered pitbull breeder). He does the same with his various musical alter egos, slipping between different versions of himself like it ain't no thang. Because it ain't.
Secure in the comfort that his audience loves him, Big Boi's swagger is deliciously easy. He doesn't have to prove anything; as opposed to say, his younger and highly ambitious tour companion, Theophilus London. Yet Big Boi invests no less in his engagement with the audience than Theo does.
Theophilus on the other hand is less easy going, and comes out with a powerful idea of who he is and how he wants us to perceive him. Contrary to what he sings along with Sara Quin on his single 'Why Even Try', Theophilus DOES think he's special. And you know what? He actually is.
Here's a video of Theophilus featuring Cousin Brian - who is in fact, Theophilus' cousin, Brian - dropping a preview of a new track from his next mixtape that samples 'Big Spender' in a big way. THIS TRACK WAS SO BANGIN' THAT IT TOTALLY DISTORTED THE SOUND ON THE RECORDING WHEN THE BASS IS KICKING. Which is most part of the track (sorray). Seriously. Don't say I didn't warn you:
Many rugs were cut. Plenty of deuces were thrown. Lord have mercy, this was the most fun gig I've been to all year.