Hobo Johnson Brings His Abstract & Quirky Flair to New Music Video for “Father”

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Hobo Johnson intensifies his usual, quirky self with the new music video for “Father.” The rising Sacramento rapper is making waves with his experimental beats and tongue-twisting lyrics. He doesn’t shy away from being “different” and incorporates this mindset uniquely within “Father.”

Much like his train of thought, the video amplifies his unpredictable kinks and word associations. The visual effects help compliment the descriptive lyrics, such as the line highlighting mental illness: “Sometimes they’ll make you real sad, or real real mad or real real jealous, and that’s real real bad, boy breathe.” In that sequence, there’s a red light that continues to deepen in color with every new emotion he introduces, really playing to his spoken-word skills. Talking through family mishaps and a deep distain for his step-mother, Hobo Johnson is incorporating his flair within every second of the video. Though you may not capture every word on the first listen, it’s better to pay attention to how he approaches his phrasing and structure. His breath placement really accentuates the lyrics and allows the listener to realize the message more instinctively. Even just his few opening lines capture the essence of fumbling your way through a nerve-racking confrontative conversation by starting off with stutters and incomplete sentences.

Hobo Johnson nails satire within his music, finding the perfect balance of silly and serious. “Father” is like any anxious conversation with a parent; you may know exactly what you want to say, but sometimes emotions get in the way, and you lose control of your train of thought and can no longer keep course. After being kicked out by his father and step-mother, Hobo Johnson, born Frank Lopes, found his sound living out of his 1994 Toyota Corolla. 

Be sure to catch Hobo Johnson this fall as he and The Lovemakers hit the road on the “Bring Your Mom” Tour starting Oct, 4. Find your city and get your tickets via Ticketmaster

10/4     New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/5     Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/6     Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/8     Santa Fe, NM @ Santa Fe Brewing Company
10/9     Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
10/12   San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/14   San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/15   Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
10/17   Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theatre
10/18   Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
10/19   Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
10/22   Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
10/23   Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/25   Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
10/27   Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
10/28   Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
10/30   St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
10/31   Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
11/3     Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
11/4     Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
11/5     Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
11/6     Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
11/8     New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
11/10   Los Angeles, CA @ Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival
11/11   Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
11/13   Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
11/14   Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
11/15   Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
11/17   Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
11/18   Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
11/19   Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
11/20   Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
11/21   Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works

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