Tha Thingz I Do 4 Money – [Father]

It’s weird, but for some reason when a lot of people think of the Atlanta music scene, Father isn’t typically one of the first names that come to mind. This could be due to his cult following or the fact that he doesn’t make the typical music that you’d expect to come out of the city, but he’s one of the founding artists of embracing your own style and trying new, experimental sounds. Many upcoming Atlanta artists may not cite him as one of their influences per se, but he blazed a trail for individuality and inventiveness through his many years in the industry, so he deserves more credit than he already receives.

This doesn’t seem to bother him whatsoever though, because he knows his worth and knows just how impressive and important his talents are for the music industry, so he’ll just keep on grinding. His versatility is unbelievable and although I love some of his more comedic, creative offerings in the past, his more serious, thoughtful music can fly under the radar at times. That might be the case for his surprise EP called Tha Thingz I Do 4 Money because although it might only last about thirteen and a half minutes and contain five songs, each and every track provides an in-depth and attention-grabbing sound that captivates you for its entire duration.

It opens up with a song entitled “Splurge”, and the cowbell paired with the calm, relaxed drums catch your attention as soon as you press play. As the beat plays, Father’s vocals are being mumbled so they’re tough to hear, and the reverberation on his voice makes it sound as if he’s sitting alone in an empty room as his murmurs echo slightly. When the beat drops, more prominent drums and percussion enter the scene and add some extremely attractive rhythm to the track as Father begins singing. His words are altered with autotune and other effects that make him sound almost robotic in a sense, but it’s a sound I’m undoubtedly a fan of. His vocals sound so singular considering there aren’t any noticeable layers, but this puts a proverbial spotlight on his voice that makes it sound so pure and clean.

The next song “Relaxxx / Yes Sir!” uses very electronic-sounding synths that almost sound like they were sampled from an old school arcade game of some sort, but this adds some vitality to the project early on. As the song moves on, a sample of someone saying “Yes Sir” plays repeatedly as he sings in a very passive, somewhat cheeky manner. Although I thought this sample might get slightly repetitive, this song is the shortest out of the five, so it lasts for the perfect amount of time without getting truly monotonous. The third song “Hitman” switches up the vibe completely with lighthearted xylophone hits coupled with heavenly synths that provide a beautifully divine groundwork that Father goes along with. His delivery is quick and relaxed, and he sings in such an airy, blithe manner that he almost transports you to another world with his delivery. As hats and 808s enter the scene, he switches up his flows a few times and keeps you on your toes in the perfect way possible.

The penultimate song “Blow” boasts the only feature from an artist by the name of Hook, and she does her part to add some impressive differentiation to the project. The beat is the most simplistic of the five tracks, utilizing tiptoeing, sneaky piano keys, forceful, punchy 808s, and minimal percussion to allow them to demonstrate various cadences and switch things up at their will. While Hook provides us with more of a structured verse, Father just seems to have fun with this one and give his input randomly wherever he deems fit, but it adds up to a hard-hitting track that I’m always here for. The EP ends with “Glutton” which is a total 180-degree change from its predecessor, but it’s the perfect song to end on, in my opinion. The calm, blissful guitar strums combined with high-pitched, buzzing synths, and rhythmic percussion truly adds a nice pace to the song for Father to bounce along to. His voice comes off as if he’s almost whispering about his subject matter at times, but also raises his level of enthusiasm during other portions to get the most out of his vocal effects like only a veteran knows how to do. This is also the longest song on the project, but it gives him enough to show off various cadences, energies, and vibes that leave fans on a great note until the next time they revisit this project which is sure to be sooner rather than later.

It had been quite some time since I listened to a full Father project in its entirety, but I’m not joking when I say I’ve been listening to this EP all weekend since it dropped. It’s a quick listen so you don’t have to spend all day carving out time to get through it but it also provides so many different styles that make it seem like a longer, more in-depth listen that it actually is. Whether you’re into father for some of his more simplistic, entertaining songs or his more introspective, lighthearted tracks, this EP has a little bit of everything he has shown off in the past and more. It’s sure to be a project I’m going to continuously revisit time and time again in the future and although it might fly under the radar due to his fairly large discography, true fans are going to give it respect because that’s what’s deserved in the end. Tha Thingz I Do 4 Money is the name of Father’s most recent EP, and it’s well worth the listen so make sure you find some time and give it a spin as soon as you possibly can.