Words and Pix: McKenna Misko
Before Hoodie Allen steps on stage, his fans are already screaming and anticipating his appearance with pure excitement and happiness. As the lights go off, then slowly begin to turn on again; Hoodie’s band takes the stage. The moment Hoodie Allen steps on stage, the room is filled with the screams of his fans and a powerful introduction to a song. Hoodie’s stage presence is very compelling. He incorporates his fans into everything that he does, including bringing a lucky fan onto the stage and gifting that individual with “The Hype Tour” merchandise. Throughout his performance, Hoodie and his band remained consistent with their amount of energy. One may even say, Hoodie’s energy levels rose as he continued his concert. They also incorporated songs from Hoodie’s most recent album,”The Hype” along with older hits of his dating back to the very start of his career. Hoodie Allen started his concert off with “Sushi” then continued it with older hits such as “Act My Age”, and “Champagne and Pools”. While watching Hoodie Allen perform, one is able to tell that he is fully invested in his career and his fans. He is devoted to making his followers happy through his live performances, and through the music he releases. I myself was more than impressed with his performance and I highly recommend seeing him live, and purchasing his music online; including his most recent album, “The Hype”.
Included on The Hype are previously released singles “Know It All,” “Sushi,” and “Ain’t Ready” which set the internet ablaze being recognized as “arguably the best songwriting of his career.” The album features collaborations with artists such as Scott Hoying (Pentatonix), State Champs, Goody Grace, and Wale, seeing Hoodie emerge with his most ambitious work to date.
The Hype follows Hoodie’s critically acclaimed 2016 Happy Camper LP which debuted atNo. 1 on the Billboard Rap/Hip-Hop chart and No. 1 on the Independent Albums chart. Previously, his debut 2012 All American EP hit No. 1 on iTunes, No. 10 on the Billboard 200, and featured runaway hit single “No Interruption.” His first full-length People Keep Talking released in 2014, featuring a collaboration with Ed Sheeran on “All About It.” Later that year, Hoodie Allen made his late-night TV debut on Conan and toured with the likes of Wiz Khalifa and Fall Out Boy on The Boys of Zummer Tour.Hoodie has earned praise from the likes of Billboard, Rolling Stone, and MTV as he continues to amass a cult following across the globe.