Hoodie Allen is releasing a free album on January 22nd. Fun fact of the day. Here we have the first single from said fr-ablum “Are U Having Any Fun Yet?” Reminiscent of 90’s hip hop, Hoodie Allen takes us back to the music that originally got him hooked on the genre. Hoodie describes the new release as “think De La Soul meets Scott Pilgrim.”
The answer is yes, I’m having fun. The video is dope, the song is cool, and Hoodie is just doing Hoodie things. Enjoy the video!
We can all agree that the best part of going to the movies is seeing the previews, right? And the best part of the previews is when you see that preview with a super stacked cast, right? What about when you get a super stacked cast on a song? I remember when a remix of Travis Barker’s “Forever” dropped and it had Drake, Kanye, Weezy and Eminem and I lost my shit. (Straight talk – I’d cut Drake and replace him with Kendrick, but beggars can’t be choosers.)
So Hoodie, Kyle and Blackbear just dropped a song together. AND they’re about to go on a tour together. That in itself is exciting, but what I dig even more about it is that they’re collaborating on a song, which likely means during the tour they’ll all perform together, which is one of my favorite things to see. (Straight talk again – headliners should always bring their opener out for a collaboration – people love that! And it’s respectful. Do more of that.) So shout out to Hoodie for doing that.
Get yourself out to a show – should be a super energetic performance by three dudes who pour their hearts and souls into their music. Hit the jump for more information on the tour and song lyrics.
I’m semi-famous, kinda aint shit, kinda sorta like almost made it, it’s like I went from star in the making to “oh yeah him, yeah I hope he makes it,” when the hell did all that begin?
Hoodie Allen decided September was his month. First, he #blessed us with “Let It All Work Out,” featuring a great Sampha sample, and the upbeat style that is his forte. That served as the first single off of his upcoming mixtape. Yesterday, however, he let loose “The Moment,” which features singer, Travis Garland. This collaboration was the result of them spending some time in the studio together while Hoodie was working on his mixtape.
This is another upbeat hip hop release, with a catchy chorus…no complaints on my end. Do you, Hoodie.
Hoodie Allen is back with another upbeat hip-hop single using a sample from one of my favorites: Sampha’s “Indecision.” Hoodie’s road to fame started when the world heard his first big hit, “You Are Not A Robot,” which had a similar vibe and sampled Marina & The Diamonds popular song “I Am Not a Robot.” Since then, Hoodie has proven himself to be a mainstay in the pop-infused hip hop scene, releasing many free mixtapes and amassing fans along the way.
Those fans are likely thrilled with this latest release from Hoodie, which reflects his constant ability to flip an indie sample into a playground for an artist who likes to spit clever wordplay filled with puns, double-meanings and pop-culture references.
“Let It All Work Out” is the first single from an upcoming mixtape that Hoodie plans to release this fall. Hit the jump for the lyrics.
Hoodie Allen just dropped a free track to hold us over as we await more album material. On “Nolan Ryan,” the rapper takes it back to basics–just going into a makeshift studio in a hotel room on tour and having fun with it. The result is this spontaneous and infectious rap song meant to remind people that he can rap. Like, he is a rapper, who happens to also enjoy catchy choruses and like, being a popular independent artist. My favorite part of the track comes at the end of the first verse when he says, “Rappers pretending it’s all black and white, but I ain’t got time for that clean shit / Oh you’d rather be James Dean? I would rather be me bitch,” which sounds a lot like a diss intended towards another Sunset favorite G-Eazy. If that’s actually the case, that’s fucking awesome. Rap beefs are dope.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Hoodie Allen, but unlike other young, white rappers, with this guy you don’t have to worry that he’s given up on the attempt to build a career around this. Trust me – go out to one of his shows and once you see the crazy fans lined up around the block to get in to see his show, you’ll know that Hoodie is here to stay.
He just released a music video for his latest single, “Show Me What You’re Made Of” off his upcoming debut album. Like many Hoodie releases, it took little time at all for it to hit the tops of the iTunes hip hop charts.
There are a couple of things here that I’d like to note. First of all, an obvious reference to one of the greatest movies of all time (Happy Gilmore). So in all honesty, I think that Billy Madison is arguably a better movie, but that just leaves room for Hoodie to make another comedic music video, right? But I had fun watching this and remembering that’s it’s been too long since I’ve seen Happy Gilmore. The other thing: this feels like a bit of a new-age play on an old-school Justin Timberlake song. The song structure, particularly the bridge part of the song right around 3:10 where there’s falsetto, feels like something JT would put together (though perhaps he’d add another 4 minutes to the end of it). And even more so, there’s a little snippet of sound at 3:21 (the human drum sequence) that I couldn’t help but hear as a JT signature sound.
While I think there are other Hoodie songs that will still get more plays than this one for me, he has again proven that his strategy works. Ever since day 1, he has taken a strategic approach to his career. It has consisted of being authentic with his fans and his partners – he responds personally to messages he gets, he does Hangouts on Air with his fans, he speaks to his fans at his shows. But also in his music – he makes references that the youth understands, and even makes some that I understand at my ripe old age of 27. Today it’s Happy Gilmore and Justin Timberlake for me, which I’m reading as a strategic way to capture the attention of the older portion of his target market. And all the while, the masses of young female fans are going to be losing their shit over the lyrics in this song. Smart work by a smart dude.
Hoodie Allen’s tour mates OCD: Moosh & Twist drop a brand new cut while on tour from their upcoming project. I had the pleasure of checking out Hoodie in Indy a few weeks ago, as OCD: Moosh & Twist opened up for him and did a solid job.
This is like pop rap, but it’s catchy, it’s fun, and it’s Hoodie. So check it out as I’ve always been a fan of Moosh & Twist.
After the “No Interruption” video, I was not completely on board with this Hoodie Allen acoustic project. But I have to admit, this mashup track with “Two Lips” and “Casanova” from Crew Cuts is on point. Hoodie’s vocals have improved dramatically since Pep Rally, and the upcoming Americoustic EP (out August 13th) should be a great showcase of his improved musicianship. I mean, seriously: how many rappers can turn around and make an acoustic EP?
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve last heard from our boy Hoodie Allen (approximately two and a half months), but he’s back with some new-ish material. Hoodie is always trying new things, and this being no different as he’s dropping an EP called Americoustic on August 13th. Basically, taking his most popular tunes and turning them into an acoustic song. The first taste below is arguably his most famous song, “No Interruption.” I wish he would’ve rapped the verses rather than sing them, but still a dope twist!
Check back next Tuesday for another acoustic video.
P.S. – He’s going on tour with OCD: Moosh & Twist, Mod Sun, & D-WHY, so basically, grab your ticket. Dates are here!
This is the debut single from Something Silent, a duo comprised of Hoodie Allen producer RJF and Universal songwriter David Brook. You might remember the pair produced Hoodie’s song “Hey Now,” but I can’t even express how much different this new solo track is. I actually met RJF about a year ago at the concert I put on for my senior project. I still remember we talked about Moss of Aura, whose song Skizzy Mars rapped over on “Shangri-La.” Apparently, RJF showed Skizzy that track (it’s called “Titan“).
Very rare fact.
Anyway, this song is a dance track. Straight up; just look at the video. And that sample will get stuck in your head for the rest of the week. I’m not even sorry. Download “Ricki Lake” for FREE here.
Aside from being one of the most technically proficient rappers coming up in the game, what makes Chance The Rapper great is his willingness to collaborate. Before Acid Rap he would do features with nearly anyone, which I think is a great quality in a young artist. His guest verses have helped rising Chicago artists, such as Alex Wiley, Kids These Days, and Milo & Otis, get their rightful notice, as well as helped Chance expand his own fan base through collabs with artists like Childish Gambino, Joey Bada$$, and Hoodie Allen.
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A couple of years ago this collaboration would be way out of the ball park for Hoodie Allen, but after solid songwriting turns on his All American EP and more recently on his Crew Cuts mixtape, it comes as no surprise. Fuse TV actually brought these two together, resulting in a pretty dynamic track. Wow, sorry that was such a normal post. I usually get weird on Hoodie Allen write-ups. Maybe we are both maturing at our craft. Okay, that got a little weird.
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