Listen to The Book Of Thelonious by TheLONIOUS Love, available now. New Album out now.
Thelonious “Theo” Love is Jurnt Entertainment’s progressive Hip-Hop artist who has no intention of confining his unconventional style. The dynamically gifted rapper’s new album, The Book Of Thelonious, delivers an unapologetic, raw, and poetic diatribe on navigating life in the modern world. The thoughtful, passionate style of his lyricism focuses on his rebellion, spiritual rumination, effective activism, and dealing with the daily struggle of overcoming adversity in today’s dogmatic culture. He reflects on his own insecurities in “Shadows”, “I told the truth and now I’m treated like the bad guy. Would you like me better if I had told you lies?”
Combining live instrumentation with modern hip hop production, The Book of Thelonious finds the author confronting the weight of the world - while simultaneously being a representative of his community. “Can’t Conquer Me” chronicles the obstacles and adversity faced by someone growing up on the Gulf Coast of America. Examining topics ranging from the criminal justice system to misrepresentation in the media, from family values to the everyday struggles faced by people of color. Theo raps in the track, “Hurricanes can’t stop me, crooked cops try to block me, black skin, we are not free, pin us down on the concrete.”
The Book of Thelonious outlines Theo’s personal story of life’s trials and tribulations, and how he graduated into the next chapter of his life. “I was struggling with social issues, the political climate, maintaining relationships with people, addiction, and the fear of letting go,” the rapper says. No topic for Thelonious Love is too big to tackle, and the songs are as straightforward as he, “Border Patrol got kids in cages, treated like dogs, it’s really racist, signed by a man, an American gangster.” Love explains, “I didn’t intend on this. I just started writing. I stopped trying to shape it and let it build. I’d rather keep it authentic. I know someone out there will see me and relate.”
Songwriter, lyricist and performer, Thelonious Love hails from Houston, where his love for the Arts and writing began. After spending time in the theater, Thelonious Love found his home in music, relocating to Austin and joining Jurnt Entertainment. His fire-and-brimstone lyrical work is an open diary to themes of rebellion, spiritual rumination, effective activism, and dealing with the daily struggles of overcoming adversity. Swaggering a unique baritone delivery, fit for his unconventional rap style, he melds southern styles of Austin, Houston, and New Orleans, concocting a medley of sounds from Jazz and Blues to street style production.