Meet Hoodie Allen! This New York based rapper and songwriter is currently blowing up and if you haven’t heard him yet it’s just a matter of time before you do. Providing catchy beats and witty lyrics, Hoodie is a force to be reckoned with. His exciting genre-bending style is new and refreshing and the young rapper shows tremendous potential.
Recently we had a chance to sit down with Hoodie and talk to him about his music, his career, his latest mixtape and more! Check out the interview below.
We Got This Covered: How did you get your start in the music industry?
Hoodie Allen: I don’t know if I’m in any music industry [laughs]. I love making music, it’s my complete passion and it’s awesome that people have taken well to it.
WGTC: What led you to music though? Did you always want to work in some way with it?
HA: Absolutely, I’ve been writing since I was very little…before I could really comprehend why I was doing so.
WGTC: Out of all your songs do you have a personal favorite?
HA: Very hard to pick, it definitely changes based on my mood [laughs].
WGTC: Fair enough, what about inspirations? Who would you say inspired you musically? Any artists in particular?
HA: Outkast, De La Soul, David Bowie, Queen and A Tribe Called Quest.
WGTC: And were these guys the ones who inspired you to start writing in the first place?
HA: No, I can’t really tell you why I liked the idea of rhyming and telling these stories at a real young age. Definitely something innate but as I really started listening to music and hip hop in particular then those artists were huge influencers and teachers for me.
WGTC: And what about your samples? How do you choose them?
HA: I pick music that I love and that I want to pay homage to and think is cool. I try to make something different out of it.
WGTC: You’ve been known for being so accessible to your fans, which is a great thing by the way. Why have you decided to go this route, because as we know, so many artists are the complete opposite.
HA: I want to have a special relationship with my fans, I want them to really grow with me and see what it takes and for them to be there for a lifetime.
WGTC: And as you get bigger and more popular, do you hope to keep as accessible to your fans?
HA: Absolutely, it doesn’t get easier but it’s the least I can do to show them how much their support means to me.
WGTC: Well we definitley appreciate you being so accessible….Let’s talk about Pep Rally for a bit, where’d the name come from?
HA: I thought it captured the energy of the record. Something new and exciting.
WGTC: Were you surprised at the very positive response it has been received with or did you know you had a hit on your hands?
HA: I was truly am proud of Pep Rally and thought it was a project that totally had the potential to blow up. I had really lofty goals for it and those goals were exceeded.
WGTC: Now I have to ask about the track January Jones, is that named after the actress?
HA: Yes it is.
WGTC: Are you a Mad Men fan?
HA: I am though I gotta admit I’m totally slacking on it.
WGTC: What season are you up to?
HA: I’ve seen episodes from every season and yet I still totally fuck up by not being able to sit down and watch it through. #lifeontheroad
WGTC: Hopefully you’ll get caught up soon. Can we talk about RJF for a minute, how did you start working with him?
HA: We went to college together. Met there.
WGTC: Why do you think you guys work so well together?
HA: We just bring out the best in each other I think and have very similar tastes musically.
WGTC: Did you have to cut any songs off Pep Rally and if so, is there any chance we’ll ever hear them?
HA: Yeah we cut quite a few but kind of before they got to a place where we would show anyone.
WGTC: Alright, well I’ll let you go but before I do, can you tell fans what’s next for Hoodie allen? Album or mixtape? And when can we expect to hear more from you?
HA: I think you’ll have another free mixtape and a proper album in 2011 from me. Just stay tuned, I want to constantly be putting out so much differen content and build the Hoodie Mob!
WGTC: Perfect, sounds great, we can’t wait! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, we really appreciate it, and good luck with everything
Check out two of our favorite Hoodie songs below. And, be sure to check out Hoodie’s website.
Swimming With Sharks
You Are Not A Robot