New Song: Theophilus London Featuring The Menahan Street Band, ‘Rio’

Theophilus London loves his girl long distance with the Menahan Street Band on his latest track, "Rio."

Theophilus London teams up with the Menahan Street Band on his latest track, “Rio.”

Theophilus London must be the type of musician who gets easily inspired by his surroundings: When we last heard from him in February, he was rhyming about a “Snow Angel,” and now that it’s FINALLY starting to warm up, the Brooklyn rapper is daydreaming of beaches and samba on his latest single, “Rio.” Inspired by a trip to Brazil in 2010, Theophilus called the track an “introduction to the vibe I’m taking for my next, still-untitled full-length.” (And we totally hope it’ll feature Kanye West and Drake like he suggested in December.)

Listen to Theophilus London featuring the Menahan Street Band’s “Rio” after the jump.

On the woozy, synthy track, featuring a funky backbeat by fellow Brooklynites The Menahan Street Band, Theo tells his girl that even though he’s far away, he’ll always stay true. “Even if you’re in Rio de Janeiro/ I’ll give you all my affection, affection/ Making it easy, if you’re lonely/ You can just call me/ I’ll be there,” he sings on the chorus. (Now, there’s a good boyfriend. Because have you seen what the girls look like in Rio?) So, not only is Theo inspired by his direct surroundings (in this case: beautiful Brazil), but he’s also fueled creatively by love. Hold onto this one mystery lady Theophilus London is writing about. Clearly, dude is sprung.

+ Listen to Theophilus London featuring the Menahan Street Band’s “Rio.”

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