In our very first episode of our new show called “Way Back When,” Hoodie Allen tells Jordan (@Jordans_life) about his experiences at Jewish sleep away camp. Apparently he did pretty well with the ladies during his teenage years. He also gives us some insight into the first time he got drunk and the best prank he pulled in high school. Tell us about your first kiss in the comments section below!
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Hoodie Allen is a great example of how the music industry is changing for the better. He’s proof that you don’t need a major record deal to sell out shows. In this interview @Jordans_life talks to Hoodie about running his own business and the girls in Toronto.
“It’s a relatively new feeling where we’re headlining all these shows and they’re sold out and it’s like ‘oh, these people came to see me,’” he said. “It’s an awesome feeling, it’s great.”
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Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Hoodie Allen, a rapper from New York.
Hoodie Allen has been writing lyrics and rapping since he was a little kid. Now, at 23 years old, he’s released three mixtapes and one album. Although he remains unsigned, Allen has established a name for himself as the king of summer anthems. On May 1, he’s heading to Chicago as part of his All American tour.
Origins: Plainview, New York
Real name: Steven Markowitz. The name Hoodie Allen comes from his childhood nickname “Hoodie.”
Known for: Hoodie Allen is known for his lyrical prowess and feel-good music, which includes candid storytelling and witty punchlines.
Used in a sentence: ”Long Island-bred, Jewish and nerdy, Hoodie Allen dissolves rapper stereotypes like it’s his day job… oh wait, it is.”
File next to: Asher Roth
Download now: No Interruption
Fun facts: Read more…
It was only two years ago that Hoodie Allen was working at Google and now he has one of the top selling albums. Earlier this week he had the number one album on iTunes, beating out Nicki Minaj, Adele and One Direction.
Bio on speed: Allen grew up in Long Island, went to UPenn and worked at Google’s California offices. He’s 23 and has no major label behind him.
How’d he do it: Allen connects with his fans through social media, not to mention he has some pretty good tracks and a sense of humour. His album All American, which came out on Tuesday, went number one following the singles for “No Interruption” and “No Faith in Brooklyn.” The rapper also has a song called “James Franco” in which a bunch of mini James Francos are let out across Los Angeles. How can you go wrong?
Listen to now: We love the soft piano riff in “No Faith in Brooklyn.”
“No Faith in Brooklyn”