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Theo Martins

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Theophilus Martins Jr., better known by his stage name Theo Martins is an American musician from Providence, Rhode Island. Martins, also known for his personal style, was described by MTV as ” marches to the beat of his own drum”. He first came to attention after releasing his debut mixtape, The Birth. Martins then released 2010 EP, You Can’t Do That on Television and received major attention from press including AOL, GQ Magazine and The Washington Post. Martins made an early career as a child actor landing a role in Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award nominated film, Amistad.

Martins plans to release his debut album, Wonderland, in September 2012.


Theo Martins was born in Providence, Rhode Island. His father and mother are from Nigerian descent. He was raised in a middle-class household, attending Veazie St. School, Esek Hopkins Middle School, and Mt. Pleasant High School before studying at the University of Rhode Island, graduating with a degree in Communications and Music Composition.

Theo was brought up in a musical household, his father was a trumpet player & Disc Jockey and his mother sang in the church choir. Martins and his elder sister would be brought to various casting calls, many of which Martins would avoid as he was extremely shy. During his freshmen year of High School Martins purchased his first set of turntables. Through this purchase he later gained local fame traveling as a tour DJ for Chris Brown, Rakim, Lloyd Banks, Cassidy and others]. After small success as a DJ, Martins wanted to pursue his career as a rapper and solo artist. Partnering with Okayplayer, website co-founded by Amir “Questlove” Thompson, Martins presented his debut mixtape, The Birth to notable acclaim.

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