“As a musician, that kind of stuff [product placement] comes up all the time and you can’t fault someone for wanting to take the money... But I’m just giving it to them because I personally love Subaru.”
When Frank Lopes Jr. signed to Reprise Records in 2017 he did what any 22-year-old who used to live out of his $700 used Toyota Corolla would do to celebrate: he went shopping for a sweet new ride. “I’ve been broke since I was an adult ... so when I finally got signed, I thought I’d buy a reliable car, something nice, like a Range Rover,” singer -- who goes by Hobo Johnson -- tells Billboard.
Only, rather than go for reliability, “Peach Scone” rapper opted for something a bit more flashy: a classic Mercedes convertible instead. It was a “vain” decision the Sacramento, California, native almost immediately regretted. The very next day, he returned that car and bought his real dream ride: a Subaru Crosstrek. He loved it so much, in fact, that the second song released from his hip-hop-meets-rock band The LoveMakers' just released official Reprise debut, The Fall of Hobo Johnson, features a playful story-song titled “Subaru Crosstrek XV” about his beloved off-road ride.