Top Boy star and rising artist Theo Ogundipe returns with his eclectic and raw new single ‘Plato Freestyle’ out now.
Theo Ogundipe was born in Nigeria and raised in the United Kingdom, where he currently resides. Theo’s music is an eclectic fusion of several genres including soul, hip-hop, indie and RnB. It is inspired by his life growing up in the diaspora. His description of his sound is “a smooth lyrical blend of in the box production with 70’s soul”.
Following on from his self-produced project ‘Reworks’ which garnered widespread support from online publications, radio stations and playlists, Theo is now ready to unveil his latest project ‘Plato Freestyle’. A musical philosopher in the making, the new single demonstrates Theo’s ability to create vivid imagery through his poetic and thoughtful lyrics. A frank vocal delivery and punchy beats are beautifully contrasted with heavenly choral synths, which further enhance the song’s impact.
When speaking about the meaning behind the new track, Theo shared, “It’s a declaration of intent, purpose and autonomy.” Reflecting on tragic world events such as the murder of George Floyd, Theo felt inspired to write a vulnerable expression of will and intent.
The release of ‘Plato Freestyle’ will shortly be followed by the accompanying official music video, which will be released on October 3rd. This track is the first taste of Theo’s self produced debut EP ‘IN TRANSIT’, which will be released in the not too distant future.
Theo studied ‘Musical Theatre at the Brit School and ‘Acting’ at Mountview Academy of Performing Arts. He has been a working Actor for 13 years working for many theatres including The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Old Vic, Sheffield Crucible, Manchester Royal Exchange to name a few. You may also have seen him in the hit Netflix Show Top Boy as Ruben.
He started writing his own songs in college. His influences are Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and the Motown sound as a whole. Also a Hip Hop lover deeply influenced by Biggie, 2pac, and J Dilla. To organise and record and produce his melodies as fast as he was inspired to write them, he taught himself to produce music online, this enabled him to give free rein to his original style.
Prior to his release ‘Reworks’ in 2021, he has written numerous songs and has performed live shows performing his featured tracks on collaborators projects. Theo collaborated alongside artist Brain Rays on several of his releases, which gained support from BBC Radio Introducing in the South West in 2021.
Theo is still working on several projects of his own, and still writing and producing and collaborating on work with others. His goal is to have a global community of listeners to share his art with.