There seems to be a new breed of hip hop artist emerging in the mainstream. So many independent emcees are finding their way onto the pop culture radar and they are bringing with them a set of skills that can't be taught. They are honed from years of rhyming to pay the bills and put money on the table. They are the "Outasights" and the "K.flays" and the "Kreayshawns". They are young, gifted and battle tested. They have lyrics that aren't driven by autotune and they aren't rapping about stereotypical ghetto gangsta shit. They bring a message and a meaning all built upon a mastery of language and experience.
I was honored today to run across this track because it had Jhameel attached to it. Enter Hoodie Allen, a New York based rapper that has a new album dropping today. There are so many other artists that are building their fan base by creating mix tapes and releasing them as free downloads on their respective websites and Hoodie has done the same. He currently has 2 available for download, Pep Rally and Leap Year. Both are full length albums so you get an amazing sample of his music and what he can do. Then when you are done with those, slip on over to iTunes and buy All American, his new album.
So lets talk "No Faith in Brooklyn". I said that it took Jhameel to get me there but it was all Hoodie that made me stay. When the song starts, you hear Jhameel bring it in with his smooth vocal stylings but shortly after is just a showcase of the amazing talent Hoodie has. This track is very radio friendly and has the potential to do a tremendous amount of good for him as an artist. The lyrics are catchy and the rhymes are hot. His style reminds me a bit of Childish Gambino, the way he is able to paint a picture and just give you visuals is top notch. He should be huge and should be blowing up charts everywhere. I can't wait to hear more from him and support him as he continues to grow and mature as an artist.
Hoodie on the Web