Steven Markowitz, better known as Hoodie Allen, is a 26-year old rapper. He’s from New York, and launched his music career back in 2009 with various mix tapes, before releasing an EP in 2012, which brought him to the forefront of the music world. His latest album, All American, featured eight songs, with his most popular song, “No Interruption.” All American broke into the Billboard Top Album’s at rank #10 and the album rose to #1 on iTunes within hours of its release. Hoodie Allen is a great rapper and he lived up to the hype when he rocked Colorado Mesa University at its annual fall concert.
The night featured Hoodie Allen as the main act, while bringing G-Eazy and Splyt along for the ride. Splyt, a rapper based out of Denver, fuses rap with dubstep. G-Eazy is from Oakland, California, and is up there along with Hoodie, making noise for his songs such as, “Loaded.”
Both Hoodie Allen and G-Eazy have hit the road together, in support of their new albums. G-Eazy’s new album, “These Things Happen,” was released on June 23rd of this year. Hoodie Allen’s new album, “People Keep Talking,” released on October 14th.
Each featured songs both old and new, giving the crowd something to look forward to. G-Eazy played well to his female fans; they sang along to his songs “Loaded,” and “Tumblr Girls.”
Once Hoodie walked on stage, you needed earplugs to drown out the screams from a largely female crowd. Old and new songs clashed, to put together one hell of a performance. He performed new songs off his album like, “Movie,” and “Dumb for You,” releasing soon.
Toward the end of the night, Hoodie performed one of his singles titled, “Cake Boy,” while hurling cakes into the crowd. Later, Hoodie dropped freestyle verses including, but not limited to CMU President Tim Foster, local dive bar Sabrosas, and even the Tomlinson Library expansion. He closed the night with his biggest hit “No Interruption.” Everyone sang along with him, and at the end of the song, Hoodie and his band members grabbed water bottles and doused the crowd with water. He then walked in-between the stage and the barricade, to pose for selfies with the audience before closing out the evening.
Jess Kelly, Writer and Photographer, KMSA