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Hoodie Allen’s Preformance Makes Sure People Will Keep Talking

If you weren’t watching the Penn State football game last night, there’s a pretty good chance you were at the Hoodie Allen concert in the HUB’s Alumni Hall.

Before the show, student lined the walls of the HUB, the first people in line having arrived a full six hours beforehand. Every time the students sitting and watching the football game cheered for a Penn State play, people in line looked everywhere in case it was really the artist was making an appearance. By 10 p.m., everyone was ushered into Alumni Hall to wait for the independent rapper to make his debut.

The show was brought to Penn State by the Student Program Association and for Hoodie Allen to publicize the release up his upcoming album “People Keep Talking. With this in mind, it only made sense for Allen’s to open up the show with his debut track off the album, “Show Me What You’re Made Of” and which he then transferred into the classic “Fame is For Assholes.”

When he finally took a break it was quickly turned it into a classic Penn State “We Are!” chant, which was of course met with a deafening reply. Hoodie Allen did his research and made sure to throw in a “Fuck Rutgers” for good measure. For the song “James Franco,” which refers to the actor James Franco, he even decided to change the lyrics. Instead of a chorus of “Franc-o” it was replaced with “Frank-lin” to honor the football team playing a few hundred miles away. He kept up the Penn State themed songs most of the night, including a freestyle rap laced into his song “You’re Welcome.”


Hoodie Allen’s performance was completely upbeat an energetic. Not only did he give everything he had as an artist, but he got the crowd involved as well, even if the involvement meant literally throwing cake into the crowd upon the end “Cake Boy.” Other than that the crowd was kept on their feet jumping with arms in the air moving to the beat.

The showing only lasted a little over an hour, and seemed like it was over way to soon. The energy of the crowd could have kept going for hours. His final song was the smash hit “No Interruption,” as it is one of his more known hits it made for an insane finale. Lights were flashing, people tried (and failed) to crowd surf, and the band threw water from left over bottles into the crowd along. This was along with the pieces of paper their set lists were on, drumsticks, and t-shirts that were also tossed into the crowd.

Overall, Hoodie Allen’s concert was everything you could hope it to be, screaming fans, hate for Rutgers, and an awesome set list that just kept the hits coming.

About the Author

Brandilyn Heckman

is a junior majoring in Secondary Education (English). Though she commutes to class from her home in Penns Valley, she refuses to be called a 'townie.' Along with Onward State, she currently interns with the Centre Daily Times. In her spare time, she is unafraid to show her love for Penn State, Landon Donovan, and Captain America. You can follow her on twitter at @Brandilynh or contact her via email with [email protected]


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