Label: Warner Brothers
From: Brooklyn, New York
Active Since: 2008
Best Known Song: "Humdrum Town" (2009)
While he may not be everybody's cup of tea, the bottom line is that Theophilus London makes great music. Plus he stays all over the blogosphere-whether for his songs, his clothes, or his kicks, so by this point Theophilus has developed quite a following.
His genre-bending blend of sounds and styles has made him impossible to pigeon hole, and he's shown the ability to croon on pop records like his Mark Ronson–produced hit, "Humdrum Town," or get grimy with his verses like on the single "Big Spender" with A$AP Rocky. Whatever type of music Theophilus chooses to make, his overall talent is more than enough to cement him a spot on this list.