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Having built an impressive grassroots fanbase with a string of self-released mixtapes and EPs, rapper Hoodie Allen finally drops People Keep Talking, his debut studio album. While he remains staunchly independent, People sports a major-label sound (Drake via Mac Miller), and even a major-label star: Ed Sheeran lends his nimble flow to "All About It." The production is take-no-prisoners pop-hop, with vibrant boom-bap beats mingling with bright pianos, chirping guitars, and wobbly bass. "Act My Age" is something of a mission statement: "No matter what I do I'm never feeling like a grown-up."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Having built an impressive grassroots fanbase with a string of self-released mixtapes and EPs, rapper Hoodie Allen finally drops People Keep Talking, his debut studio album. While he remains staunchly independent, People sports a major-label sound (Drake via Mac Miller), and even a major-label star: Ed Sheeran lends his nimble flow to "All About It." The production is take-no-prisoners pop-hop, with vibrant boom-bap beats mingling with bright pianos, chirping guitars, and wobbly bass. "Act My Age" is something of a mission statement: "No matter what I do I'm never feeling like a grown-up."

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About Hoodie Allen

Putting a bit more pop into the pop-rap of folks like Asher Roth and Sam Adams, rapper Hoodie Allen went from Internet favorite to charting artist with the release of his 2012 EP All American. Born Steven Markowitz and raised on Long Island, Hoodie was frat-rap from the beginning, having met producer RJF during an Alpha Epsilon Pi-hosted party at the University of Pennsylvania. The two would release the street albums Bagels & Beats and Making Waves and win MTV's Best Music on Campus Award in 2009, but his big hit came with the 2010 track "You Are Not a Robot," which sampled Marina and the Diamonds' hit "I Am Not a Robot" and landed on his popular mixtape Pep Rally. A headlining tour across the U.S. followed before Hoodie made his official debut with the All American EP in 2012. Released on his own label, the EP debuted at number ten on Billboard's Top Albums, and was followed in 2013 by the acoustic EP Americoustic.

His debut album, People Keep Talking, arrived a year later, featuring the singles "Movie" and "Dumb for You" along with guest appearances from Ed Sheeran and Alex Wiley. It climbed to number eight on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and was followed by the EPs All American (2012) and Americoustic (2013). The sophomore effort Happy Camper landed in 2016 and while it only climbed to number 28 on the Billboard 200, it did top the magazine's rap chart. Included on the album were the singles "Champagne and Pools," featuring Blackbear and Kyle, and "Are U Having Any Fun?" featuring Meghan Tonjes. ~ David Jeffries

HOMETOWN
Plainview, NY
BORN
August 19, 1988

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