There is a reason coming-of-age films like Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Myth of the American Sleepover, and Palo Alto all revolve around the same three things: sex, drugs, and youth. The reason is that they are one and same. This is the mixtape that understands that.
Much like those coming-of-age films, it is about not letting the little things bother you and seeing the bigger picture in a small town setting. It is about having the clearest ideas under the cloudiest circumstances and about dark times from which you rise above. It’s about getting really, really high and staying there for a week. It is about traveling to a foreign city and fucking shit up with your friends. It’s about the things you can only do when you’re young. Or maybe it’s just the soundtrack.
Don’t tell my momma I’ve been smoking
I first heard of Theophilus Martins on Ibra Ake‘s exceptional b i r d s mixtape. At the time I didn’t think too much of Martins contribution. Maybe it was the fact that the production on that track wasn’t original (shout out to Jamie xx and Gil Scott-Heron though). Luckily for me, Ibra just reposted Martins’s Doing It for Television EP on his Tumblr, and I’m floored. And so for the past hour, I have been playing the EP and doing what I do to every new musical obsession, stalking the shit out them. So I took to YouTube to check out interviews. The most revealing piece I found online is this “Trill Talks” from two years ago. It has me not only believing in Theophilus Martins, the musician but also Theophilus Martins, the person.