This past January Hoodie Allen would treat fans to a free 10 track album under his independent label Hoodie Allen, LLC titled Happy Camper. The album was very well received and would make him the first hip-hop artist of 2016 to debut with over 10k for the first week with over 19k albums sold, which is a great feat seeing as how he doesn’t have a major label backing him. To go long with the release of the free album, he’d embark on a tour giving fans an opportunity to check out the new material live. Currently, in the final stretch of The Happy Camper Tour Hoodie Allen would swing by The Fillmore in Silver Spring for his 4th sold out show this time accompanied by Super Duper Kyle and gnash. The turnout for the show was insane to say the least. When I arrived to stand in line I was initially puzzled by where the line ended only to realize that the line was completely wrapped around the block. As I continued my walk of shame all the way to the back I could see the line was filled with eager fans that couldn’t wait to check the New York rapper out. Hoodie Allen‘s fan base seemed to be a majority of high school-aged females as well as males, with a few of us older folks sprinkled throughout the crowd to give it a nice balance.
Gnash would get the show started by bringing a nice chilled out vibe to set the mood as he serenaded the crowd with tracks like I Hate You I Love You, Fuck Me Up, and Daydreams. The female fans in the crowd were soaking up every line as the 22-year-old sang about some lucky girl being his new addiction. A majority of his songs dealt with love, and wondering if what he’s feeling is true love or are the feelings just temporary due to the vices he partakes in influencing his thoughts. It’s clear that his fan base is already very solid because the crowd would chant line from line a majority of the tunes he was rocking. In the middle of his set he’d get some assistance from guitar player Goody Grace on a few tracks including That One Song. With dim lights and soft tunes gnash did an exceptional job capturing the ambiance for the moment and one would forget that there were more artists lined up after he was finished.
After gnash wish finished, next was Super Duper Kyle‘s turn to rock the stage and crank the energy up a few notches. He would begin his set with a duel like number and face off against DJ/Hypeman Super Duper Brick with lightsabers recreating a Star Wars fight scene. With Kyle coming out victorious, this would serve as a literal approach to giving fans a visual to the intro track for his latest album Smyle appropriately titled, The Force. Kyle’s set would be filled with high energy dance numbers choreographed between him and Brick that would make one think they were watching the infamous dance scene from Kid N’ Play’s House Party not to mention numerous pop culture references that ranged from Super Mario Bros. all the way to Pokemon. Even noticed some hints of Dragonball Z featured in the set which I would have to say was my personal favorite. Running through a slew of tracks like Don’t Wanna Fall In Love, Sex & Super Smash Bros., Fruit Snacks & Cups Of Patron, and Really? Yeah! Kyle would give fans an awesome experience to take home with them. Tapping back to his Ventura roots the MC would even strip down to shorts and hop on a surfboard to ride the crowd as if he was at the beach. Kyle turned the Fillmore to one big wave a got his boogie on while on the board. His set was very wild and energetic, reminded me of a college spring break, the vibes were on point!
Once the crowd was all warmed up (thanks to the likes of gnash and Super Duper Kyle) it was time for the main act. You could tell that the fans were boiling over with the anticipation of Hoodie Allen that at times I could even hear people in the crowd chanting out his name in hopes he’d come out to the stage. I’d say Hoodie Allen had them right where he wanted them, and I’m here to tell you it was worth the wait. He would come out to heavy guitar riffs and blaring drum’s as he would perform Intro To Anxiety. The crowd was so amped for the 27-year-old MC you would think he was a native of Silver Spring because once he graced the mic it was on from there. Hoodie Allen would cover all of the fan favorite tracks including No Faith In Brooklyn, Are U Having Any Fun?, Remind Me Of, and Cake Boy. Super Duper Kyle would even come back out and surprise the crowd as they’d perform Champagne and Pools. His set was even hooked up with a jumbo screen flashing various visuals to pair with the songs that he would be performing which I thought was a nice touch. Over eager fans would rejoice and sing along throughout the whole set. His interactions with the crowd were very organic as he spoke about everyone just coming out to having a good time and promoting positive vibes. Once he wrapped up his set, the crowd would chant out “Encore!” and he’d gave them just that. Once the band was back on stage Hoodie Allen would grant their request and perform a couple of more tracks. Afterwards, the show turned into one big party as the DJ cranked up some tunes and every started to dance. Once the show was over the acts would meet their fans at the merch booths taking pictures signing autographs and sharing laughs.
This concert was different from a majority of shows I’ve been to in my past. Not too many artist would have been so appreciative of their fans to the point of sticking around after the show to let their fans get an opportunity to meet them and engage in organic conversation. Big ups to gnash, Super Duper Kyle, and Hoodie Allen for truly being themselves and putting on such a great show. That night The Fillmore was full positive energy and fun, more artists could learn a thing or two from these guys, until next time champs!