12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s pretty cool that rap’s umbrella is currently broad enough to cover just about anything, though that means it allows for rappers transplanted straight from that hallway in your high school where all the musical theater kids hung out. The Fall of Hobo Johnson is the California native’s second album, though it’s his first release after his big break, when his outsized entrance into NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest went viral. Johnson describes the record as “alternative-hip-hop-rock-folk,” which really only paints half the picture: Think Hamilton meets Beck meets Chance the Rapper meets your local slam-poetry open mic. There’s satirical paeans to evolution (“You & the Cockroach”), ruminations on fame (“Ode to Justin Bieber”), and spoken-word tributes to simple domesticity that erupt into screams. You’re either going to love it or hate it, but you’ve got to give him points for originality.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s pretty cool that rap’s umbrella is currently broad enough to cover just about anything, though that means it allows for rappers transplanted straight from that hallway in your high school where all the musical theater kids hung out. The Fall of Hobo Johnson is the California native’s second album, though it’s his first release after his big break, when his outsized entrance into NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest went viral. Johnson describes the record as “alternative-hip-hop-rock-folk,” which really only paints half the picture: Think Hamilton meets Beck meets Chance the Rapper meets your local slam-poetry open mic. There’s satirical paeans to evolution (“You & the Cockroach”), ruminations on fame (“Ode to Justin Bieber”), and spoken-word tributes to simple domesticity that erupt into screams. You’re either going to love it or hate it, but you’ve got to give him points for originality.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Anna24/seven ,

ahhhhhhh !!!

literally cannot wait for this albummmmm !! the last album was so good and helped me through so much. so far the released singles have succeeded all expectations and i’m so excited to hear what he’s been working on.

Justjared0 ,

Very good

The album is good so far with only two songs being out m. They are very good and I’m so excited for the rest of them.

2404Shay ,

🖤

Love this guy