Boblo Island Amusement Park was an amusement park that operated out of Ontario (Bois Blanc Island to be exact) for 95 years. It was quite popular in its day not only with Canadians, but also Americans on the other side of the Detroit River. To get to the park, patrons would have to ride over via 1 of 2 steamships dubbed “Boblo Boats.” Thus, the inspiration for this song.
Royce and J. Cole reminisce about their respective childhoods, where Michigan native Royce uses specific memories about his family trips to the island to fuel his lyrics while Cole tacks on his own childhood memories from North Carolina. The end result is pretty thorough, as the two MCs share an introspective look into their upbringing.
Talking points include parents bickering and the sheer serenity of seeing your ‘rents on the same page, to being exposed to peer pressure for the first time, while the video depicts a new generation living an older generations’ experiences – as the older generation spits some thought provoking lyrics. In typical teenage fashion however, they’re up to no good and ultimately end up scurrying from authority, played by the legendary Cedric The Entertainer.
The J. Cole directed music video can be seen below.