Hoodie Allen has never been one to wait for things to happen. After all, the New York native did leave a promising job at Google to pursue his career as a rapper, launching his own label to make it happen in 2011. Two Top 10 albums and a No 1 rap album later — last year’s Happy Camper — and not much has changed.
“I like being proactive,” says Allen, calling from a tour stop in Texas. “I have no label, no manager .... You have to make things happen for yourself.”
Allen says he is planning to push Ain’t Ready from his recent album The Hype to radio as a single, even though most commercial radio stations’ playlists are
with major-label acts.
“I think that it’s a song that could sound great on the musical landscape right now,” he says of the dance-leaning track that
songs from Justin Bieber and the One Direction guys’ solo singles. “I can’t sit and wait, letting that moment pass.”
Even Allen admits that it’s an uphill battle getting a song on commercial radio without help from a major label. “Oh, it’s nearly impossible,” he says, laughing. “But every year there’s a couple of songs that do it. Why can’t this be one of those songs? If you don’t