HOODIE ALLEN & WAX
, Jared Evan
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
• Dinner menu available
• General Admission Standing
• Limited seats available
• First come, first seated
• $10 min/person at tables
• All ages
Make every word count. This has long been the mantra of Hoodie Allen, the 23-year-old New York-based rapper and songwriter. With a penchant for candid storytelling and witty punchlines, Allen has always been an emcee who understands the importance of connecting with audiences through his lyrics. A purveyor of summertime anthems, he has gained notable buzz on the internet for his unique genre-blending style, unafraid to sample from the unconventional norms of hip-hop.
Allen's work samples a diverse array of artists and sounds, from UK pop singers Marina & The Diamonds to indie rock staples and upstarts like Two Door Cinema Club. The idiosyncrasy of this music is very fitting, because Allen is not your typical rapper. A self-described college-educated music nerd, he embraces his individuality and promoted it as the main message in his hype-machine breakout "You Are Not A Robot" (2010). He followed up this success with "Words of Wisdom," the second single off his 2010 mixtape Pep Rally. The song was featured on over 65 music blogs and reached No. 1 on The Hype Machine, making it Allen's third consecutive No. 1 song. His third mixtape, Leap Year, dropped in July 2011 and enjoyed 250,000 SoundCloud plays the week of its release. The future certainly looks bright for Hoodie Allen. With the anticipated April release of his upcoming All American LP, he plans to continue providing the masses with feel-good music for a long time.
Describing his music as a mix of Johnny Cash and Jay-Z, rapper Wax (aka Michael Jones) actually began his musical career as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the six-piece band MacGregor, touring the US and releasing two albums in the first half of the '00s. It was during his tenure with the band that Wax released his first solo EP, titled Biatch! (2003). In mid-2006, he teamed up with his twin brother Herbal T, releasing their first album Grizzly Season. They soon began posted videos of themselves rapping on YouTube, generating considerable buzz and eventually cracking YouTube's Top 100 Musicians list. As a result of this hype, Wax collaborated with artists like EOM (Elements of Music) and Dumbfoundead
In March of last year, Wax signed to Def Jam Recordings and quickly released Scublife (2011), a mixtape hosted by DJ Skee and Dale Firebird that featured singles like "Dispensary Girl" and "Two Wheels." He quickly followed up with a second mixtape on the label, Eviction Notice, released last November. Cuts like "Coins" and "Too Loud" garnered serious attention for this up-and-coming artist, giving fans more than enough quality material to tide them over until the rapper releases his full-length label debut sometime very soon. Stay tuned.