Hoodie Allen

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Hoodie Allen
The Hype
Self-released

This past September, Hoodie Allen released his third studio album, The Hype. Fans highly anticipated its release, and The Hype quickly rose to the number two position on iTunes’ Top Hip-Hop/Rap Albums, despite the album being published on YouTube for fans to listen for free.

Allen was born in Long Island, New York, and began writing music at a young age. After college, he took a job at Google, but still wrote songs and performed shows after work and on the weekends. Eventually, he decided to pursue his dream of being an artist fulltime, and left his job. Since then, Allen has released three EPs and three studio albums, and has toured all over the world. He credits his success to his fans and is known for being very interactive with them.

For the past two years, Allen has been hard at work on The Hype. The album opens with the high energy song, “Believe,” and it sets the mood for the rest of the album. It features Allen’s familiar flow, and shows listeners what his music is all about.

In “Ain’t Ready,” Allen focuses on his singing rather than just his traditional rapping, which makes for good variety and presents his amazing tone as a singer. He does still include some of his traditional rap in the song, so it’s a convenient combination of both. This song embodies the music that is popular on the radio today, while still staying true to Allen’s style.

Allen collaborated with alternative band, State Champs, for “All My Friends.” The song is a perfect blend of rap in the verses and rock in the chorus. Both artists combined their styles for the background music, and while the State Champs’ guitar and drums are far different from Allen’s typical style, they fit very well with his flow. This song provides a unique and new take on both Allen and State Champs.

The Hype shows Allen’s progression as an artist, but still holds onto his traditional style that his fans are so fond of. Being an independent artist, Allen is able to keep his style his own and it is very obvious on The Hype.

by Caroline LaMotta

Suspect Parts

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Suspect Parts
Suspect Parts
Oops Baby Records

Suspect Parts is an artful combination of ‘70s and ‘60s rock and pop, with an edge of ‘90s punk. Their high-energy music is like nothing on the radio today, yet is classic and holds its own. Hailing from Germany, the group of two Americans, one Brit, and one German brought their musical differences to create a sound all their own. Suspect Parts has released four singles since 2008 and has spent the last two years creating their first album.

Their self-titled debut album was released in October and it is filled with sound and a lively nature. The mood is all upbeat and full of energy, but tells it like it is and is filled with angst and power. This album is special as it shows that maybe old-school pop isn’t as dead as we think it is. The songs are centered around guitar and drums that are very reminiscent of popular ‘60s rock/pop bands, and while the vocals have a similar sound, the lyrics are fresh and modern.

The album’s second song, “Electrify Me, Honey,” is carried by heavy drumbeats and guitar throughout the verses, and slows down to focus on the vocals in the chorus. This song sounds like it is straight out of the ‘60s, and is a charming twist on a love song.

The band’s style changes slightly in “Out of Place,” which presents Suspect Parts’ punk side. It may only be a minute and a half long, but this song is filled with action and angst. It opens with intense drumbeats to set up the rest of the song’s intensity. The guitar solo during the bridge keeps the mood extremely upbeat for the rest of the song.

Suspect Parts showcases the band’s musical talents, and leaves listeners begging for more of their unique style. The band will begin touring in the coming year in America.

by Caroline LaMotta