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Video: Hoodie Allen – “James Franco”

October 27th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

Here’s what Hoodie Allen told us when he dropped his latest video off in our inbox:

So back in July when I released Leap Year (DOWNLOAD), I let the fans decide which videos they wanted to see off the project. Overwhelmingly, people wanted to see visuals for the song “James Franco”. We went all the way to Hollywood to shoot this in an effort to find the man behind the song…turns out he wasn’t too hard to find.

Leap Year is a must-download mixtape and I’m happy that as a fan he chose the song “James Franco” to make his next music video for. The fact he flew out to LA to shoot the visuals in Venice Beach, Hollywood and other parts of Los Angeles I have frequented only adds to how much I enjoy this video.

Listen and download “James Franco”.
James Franco by Hoodie Allen
Watch the official music video to “James Franco” below. (more…)

Hoodie Allen – Leap Year (mixtape)

July 26th, 2011 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap |

We all know and love Hoodie Allen and have really been looking forward to the release of his much anticipated project, Leap Year. Well it’s finally here for all of you to enjoy. All the tracks are awesome and Hoodie is really carving himself into a great rapper. Check out what he has to say about it below:

I began writing Leap Year when I decided to leave my job at Google and follow my passion. The thirteen track album is a look into my world and what it means to step out of my comfort zone. I wanted Leap Year to mirror my life and experiences–it’s fun, crazy, sarcastic, and introspective– its me growing up on record.”

He continues by showing love for the blogs who have supported him from the beginning by saying:

I want to quickly emphasize how important having the support of Before The Bigs has meant to me. It almost goes without saying because we’ve developed real friendships from this shit but it means a lot! Any attention I have ever received has been because of the blogs that support me and spread my music all over the world. It’s because of your support that I’ve been able to be this person and that’s why to this day I won’t ever stop personally emailing you all my new projects.

Listen to the album below and download it if you like what you hear which I am sure you will. Enjoy!

Download: Hoodie Allen – “Leap Year” (Entire Album)

For all those who still may not know Hoodie Allen all that well, check out the exclusive video interview we did with him back in October:

Hoodie Allen – The Chase is On (Video)

July 21st, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Hoodie Allen drops the video for “The Chase is On,” the first release of his upcoming mixtape Leap Year due out July 26th. The video is pretty bumpin’ and the track is definitely a huge step forward for Hoodie. In case you were wondering, the girl in the video is Sofia Black D’Elia from MTV’s Skins, and according to Mr. Hoodward, “The premise behind “The Chase Is On” is something everybody can relate to. If you’ve ever spotted someone and been instantly attracted to them then you know what I’m talking about.” Check out the video after the jump


Hoodie Allen – Leap Year (Trailer) + tour dates

July 11th, 2011 by | Hip-Hop/Rap |

Hoodie Allen just hit us up with the trailer for his upcoming mixtape, Leap Year, which drops July 26. Here’s what Hoodie had to say about it:

What year is it? I am psyched to announce the release of my upcoming mixtape Leap Year. Here is the trailer for the project which features a brand new song for you guys. More info and music on the way but make sure to hit HOODIEALLEN.COM on JULY 26TH to download the mixtape in its entirety.

To see how far Hoodie Allen has come, check out this interview we did with him back in October before Hoodie was a major headliner. Mixtape trailer and Summer tour dates for Hoodie Allen after the jump.

BYNH Summer Mix Update: Hoodie Allen

March 31st, 2011 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Hip-Hop/Rap |

I first heard of Hoodie this past summer after hearing his track “Owen Wilson” (featuring Starf*cker) off the Bro Bible Summer Mixtape. Me and Siegz began to listen to his music on a regular basis where we then released “Owen Wilson” on Best You Never Heard Summer Mix back in early September. We had a chance to catch up with him shortly after there were we conducted a video interview which you can view below:

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Since then Hoodie has been quite busy. Late last year he released the Pep Rally mixtape which received over 300,000 downloads. Still in no rush to sign a record deal, Hoodie Allen is currently touring across the country, performing at SXSW, with many more West Coast stops coming up.

He is currently working on his next mixtape, Leap Year, which he plans to drop later this year. Lots of exciting things from Hoodie Allen coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy a few of my favorite tracks by him.

“You Are Not A Robot” (featuring Marina and The Diamonds)

“Words of Wisdom” (featuring Two Door Cinema Club)

“Dreams Up”

This kid continues to develop into quite a special talent. He is the next big white rap and is quickly gaining mainstream success and he is only getting more popular. I look forward to what is next by him.

Hoodie Allen – NY is Killing Me x Space Boy (mashup)

March 14th, 2011 by | Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Remix |

“Hooray” is pretty much the first word that comes out of my mouth when I get an email from Hoodie Allen with a new track. Here’s what Hoodie has to say about “NY is Killing Me” (download):

Today, I am proud to present you with the second leak off of my upcoming mixtape Leap Year. “NY is Killing Me” tells the story of the love-hate relationship I have with the city that raised me and the creatures that make it so hard to be there and even tougher to leave.
“NY is Killing Me” is a remix of the Jamie XX re-working of the Gil Scott-Heron song of the same name. I hope you enjoy my added perspective to an already killer track and look forward to more music in the coming month.

This isn’t my favorite Hoodie Allen track and doesn’t come close to my top 5 Hoodie Allen tracks. Even though, Hoodie’s vocals aren’t appealing and the beat tastes like week-old pizza, the rapping is dope as always with some interesting lyrics. I respect that Hoodie continues to utilize alternative/indie tracks in putting together dope rap songs.

If you were disappointed by “NY is Killing Me”, here’s the first leak off Hoodie’s upcoming mixtape, Leap Year. Also here’s mashup featuring Hoodie Allen vs Bassnectar vs The Pixies. The track is called “Space Boy” and Hoodie’s rapping over a mix of Bassnectar & The Pixies instrumentals is cool. The last 10 seconds are dope with Hoodie accapella.
Space Boy (Hoodie Allen vs. Bassnectar vs. The Pixies)

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