I am not going to talk about flowers in this writeup. The name of the tape is more of a feeling. This is morning at the beach music. You can start your day with any of the first 13 tracks — preferably in the arranged order. After track 13, the mix veers into darker territory. It is like when the high wears off, and you realize that the summer is coming to an end.
And the flower is dead. Sorry, just needed one flower reference for it all to make sense. And the beginning is like the flower of love, blooming. Ugh, gosh, sorry… two.
I know enough about being high to know you my ultimate drug
I was in the middle of watching Jimmy Fallon’s discussion with Chris Hardwick at the Paley Center when I got a text. In the videos (which can be viewed here), Jimmy Fallon discusses how he came up in the comedy world–throughout the interview, he never once sounded pompous or arrogant; instead, he was his usual, charismatic self, filled with pride and excitement and a healthy dose of self-effacement. Well, the text was from Hoodie Allen. He wanted me to review his new free album Crew Cuts, which was coming out at noon. In his text, he said he wanted me to absorb the music and feel no pressure to have a review out by noon. Of course, I’m doing the exact opposite, but that’s not the point. Hoodie wanted feedback–genuine, good ol’ fashioned feedback.
A lot can be written about Hoodie Allen, the rapper: how he has removed the boundary between himself and his fans on Twitter, how his EP reached #1 on iTunes completely independently, how he does not exactly look like your stereotypical rapper, etc. Whatever. What about Hoodie Allen, the man? On Crew Cuts, it becomes abundantly clear who Hoodie Allen is.
If you look at this free album as a whole, you see two versions of Hoodie and where they overlap. There’s the carefree, “lady killer” Hoodie heard in the lead singles “Cake Boy” and “Fame Is For Assholes.” Then, there’s the more serious, reminiscent Hoodie found on album highlights “Let Me Be Me” and “Good Intentions.” Finally, there’s the overlap, where Hoodie deals with a fame complex, a chronic issue of my generation. That is, balancing the want and need and drive to be famous and the pains of moving past the excitement of the struggle and adventure and naiveté of young adulthood.
“Where Do We Go Now” is perhaps the best example of the overlap. It ebbs and flows through clever jabs at Al Pacino (Hoodie’s biggest fan), a shout out to super-producer/international superstar Brenton Duvall, and an extended Full House reference that had me laughing out loud at first listen, along with a narrative about his youth and general come up. It’s perhaps most fitting that such a well-rounded song brings the album full circle. On Crew Cuts, Hoodie takes the listener into his life: shows them the tour life, shows them the writing process, shows them the nights out, shows them his friends, shows them his family–much like he’s done his entire career. And he’s still grinding. He’s still responding to thousands of fans every day on Twitter and shows no signs of stopping. Throughout all of the late nights in the studio and extended metaphors, Hoodie has remained humble and prideful and maybe most importantly, excited throughout. He is the rap game Jimmy Fallon. Now, shit I have to go to class.
Shwayze drops his first single, Love Is Overrated, off of his upcoming album, Shwayzed and Confused.
I mean it’s catchy, it’s about love, and has a good day drinking vibe to it (as most Shwayze songs do) so what else do ya need?
Clean version for free, dirty version is on iTunes!
As I promised earlier, here is Shwayze & Cisco’s latest summer jam (about a day late celebrating summer) ironically called Summertime Music. This is that feel good music! Can’t wait for their new album.
Shwayze & Cisco – Summertime Music
Ah yes. One of my favorite songs that have dropped these last few weeks has returned with the visuals. Word is, they have another song dropping tomorrow called Summer Time Music. Soon as it drops, I will post that bad boy! I included the audio for Love Letter incase you don’t have it yet.
This is probably my favorite song at the moment. I just can’t stop playing it! I’ve actually had this sitting in my itunes for about a week now, but I’ve been so busy with orientation for college, going out of town, that I didn’t have the time. So, is it okay if I use one of my late passes on it? This ones a must download. I love when summer rolls around because summer music is the absolute best. Besides that, I can’t resist Dev. Any collabo with her I’ll always download. Enjoy!
P.S. – Whatever happened to Shwayze’s show on MTV? Despite how awful MTV is, I did like that show.
Shwayze ft. The Cataracs & Dev – Love Letter