Friday, June 14, 2013
Defying the premise of a recent Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy, Steven Markowitz, better known as Hoodie Allen, left a comfortable job at Google in order to become a successful hip-hop artist. At only 24 years old, the Jewish rapper has toured college markets hard behind releases like Bagels and Beats and Making Waves, which gained him the 2009 MTVU’s Best Music on Campus Award. His most recent album, 2012’s All American, replaces the indie-rock samples of his mixtapes with built-from-scratch beats. As part of his outreach to fans, Hoodie claims to have personally called everybody who purchased his album on the night before its release to thank them. In advance of an upcoming album, he released the mixtape Crew Cuts earlier this year.