Steven Markowitz, better known by his stage name Hoodie Allen, is an independent American hip-hop artist, singer and rapper who has just emerged into a stream of popularity due to the release of his first album, “All American.”

Steven Markowitz was born New York City and was raised in a Jewish household in Plainview, Long Island along with his brother Daniel.  He started writing lyrics as a child and would perform raps for his friends at house parties.  Allen first attended the Long Island School for the Gifted, then later attended Plainview – Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School.  Growing up, his nickname was “Hoodie” due to his constant wearing of hoodies.  He wanted a rapper name that “would stick in peoples’ minds and be a little bit funny and representative of who I am,” so he settled on “Hoodie Allen.”

As a teenager, he went to Camp Chen-A-Wanda, a sleep away camp in Pennsylvania.  While attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he was a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi.  After graduating in 2010 with a degree in marketing and finance, he worked at Google as an AdWords associate in their START (Standardized AdWords Reseller Training) program.  He would leave at 7 AM for a bus ride to the Google offices in Mountain View, work a full day at Google, return at 6 PM and then write songs, answer fan emails and schedule concerts until 2 or 3 AM.  Looking back on this, Markowitz said, “I was moving so fast, and even while I was at Google, there was so much going on that I felt like I was doing two full-time jobs.”  His dream and passion was music, so when he got opportunities to do live shows, he decided to leave Google.

On March 4, 2012, Hoodie announced via Twitter that his upcoming EP would be titled “All American.”  He decided on this title because he credits his success to freedom in the United States and also because there was a hometown restaurant with the same name.  Hoodie spent five months developing the album, building tracks from scratch with his producer, RJF, instead of using sampled beats.  Regarding the writing process, Hoodie stated that, “I would describe it as liberating … it was like, ‘Okay, I hear this idea in my head, I hear these original ideas, and I’m putting them and piecing them together.”  On March 29, 2012, Hoodie released the first single from “All American” entitled “No Interruption” as well as its music video.

“All American” was released on April 10, 2012, and debuted as the number 1 album on Itunes.  Over the months of April and May, Hoodie made a 22-stop tour across the US in support of “All American” with featured artists “Wax,” “Jared Evan” and others who varied from show to show.

In July, 2011, Hoodie cracked the Top 10 of Billboard’s Uncharted Territory chart.  For the week of August 5, 2011, he was number 2 on Billboard’s Uncharted Territory with Billboard noting that his “growing popularity is undeniable.”  On April 10, 2012, Hoodie’s “All American” EP went to number 1 on the Itunes charts within hours of it’s release.  “All American” also debuted at number 10 on Billboard’s Top Albums and was featured on their hip-hop and R&B column, The Juice.

Hoodie is definitely an up-and-coming rapper with lots of talent.  With so much success and popularity just off of one album, there’s no telling what will come next for Hoodie.  Keep an eye out for his future music and check out some of his biggest hits below.