Preview: Hoodie Allen at Skully's

Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive

Fans of artful but frat-friendly rappers like Mac Miller will probably dig Hoodie Allen, an NYC native who thinks bios are for snobs and raps over pop beats that seem scientifically constructed for a Top 40 breakthrough. If that's your flavor of choice, see him in a room as small as Skully's while you still can, because it's hard to imagine this guy not rising to stardom.

He's funny (a New York Jewish rapper who calls himself Hoodie Allen) and smart (a graduate of Penn's Wharton School of Business), and his latest project "All American," reflects both of those qualities. Musically, "All American" is as glossy as it gets, yet Hoodie's rapping is breezy and clever enough to keep listeners tuned in.

And if the idea of music like this troubles you, just think, that could be Chris Brown on those beats.


8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7

1151 N. High St., Short North