By Zoei Nijjar
VANCOUVER – Long Island native Steven Markowitz has proved he is more than your average one-hit frat-rapper. Better known as his stage name Hoodie Allen, the independent hip-hop artist has been making music since his days at University of Pennsylvania, He left his job at Google in 2010 to focus on his music career. His first studio album was released in 2012, and since then has collaborated with Ed Sheeran, and toured with both Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy.
“I don’t really try to do anything, but make what feels true and honest,” declares Markowitz. “I have my own voice and perspective. Not many people in my lane are actually writing their own songs from start to finish, so I feel like my sound has always stood out because I don’t really care about chasing trends.”
Hoodie Allen’s third album, The Hype, was released on September 29th. It features twelve pop and hip-hop tracks written by Allen himself, with appearances by State Champs, a pop-punk band also from the New York area, as well as Wale, one of Allen’s favorite rappers.
“The idea behind the album came as an examination of my own self and how life changes once the thing you’ve been trying to chase for years finally happens,” Markowitz reminisces. “I wanted to talk about the ups and downs that come from embarking on a creative pursuit, and how your own successes and failures can affect your personal life. I think musically and lyrically everything is an evolution of what I’ve done in the past. I’m the same artist, but I’ve had new experiences and my music reflects that.”
Hoodie Allen’s tunes are catchy and high energy. They’re a perfect pick for your Friday night house party.
Hoodie Allen performs October 25 at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.hip hop, Hoodie Allen, Independent Hip-Hop, Indie Pop, Indie Rap, Long Island