HOODIE

RAP­PER

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Music - By Glenn Gam­boa

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

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