You can download Crew Cuts here
Hoodie definitely has a unique style, but it’s not totally clear exactly what that style is yet. Crew Cuts is a bit more of silly vibe to it than his last EP, All American, but still has some of the same elements (singing, spurts of fast rapping, more pop culture references than anyone can keep track of, etc.). There are some new twists to his style that he seems to have borrowed from other more mainstream rappers. For instance, in the opening lines of the first verse in ‘Reunion’, he inflects his voice on the last word of each line, a la Big Sean (Oh thats yo girl?) Or in ‘Fame is For Assholes’, he borrows a line from Kanye West when he asks “You ain’t got no fuckin’ Hoodie in your Serato?” He also throws a variety of ad-libs in the mix of his pseudo hashtag flow loaded with similes and metaphors.
With Macklemore garnering mainstream success, comparisons to him are inevitable for Hoodie. They are both white, and neither of them fit in to traditional hip hop culture. Macklemore however, has a certain ‘cool’ factor that Hoodie just doesn’t quite have. So he instead has to rely on his white boy quirkiness for distinguishable traits.
His songs are catchy and fun to listen to, but he’s going to have to step it up another notch on his next album to elevate above his current level of underground success.
Here’s a video from one of the singles from the album: