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Hoodie Allen has iTunes No. 1 album

Local rapper Hoodie Allen plans to release a

Local rapper Hoodie Allen plans to release a new mixtape “Crew Cuts” in February, before embarking on his “Cruisin' USA Tour” in March. (2011) (Credit: Diana Levine)

Hoodie Allen has the No. 1 album on iTunes right now.

Yes, that's right. The No. 1 album in America right now comes from the Long Island rapper who declined several record deals and decided to put out his “All American” album himself.

“All American”'s huge opening today shows that his long-term strategy paid off. Until today's debut, Allen has offered his well-received mixtapes for free, featuring songs that showed off his nimble flow and clever rhymes, while mostly relying on hooks built from other artists' songs. “All American” not only marks the first time Allen has commercially released an EP, but it's also the first time he and his team are responsible for all the music.

It was only two years ago that Allen was working at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., as an account manager, trying to balance his promising career in business and his promising career as a rapper. He chose music when his first mixtape “Pep Rally” was embraced by the blogosphere.

It's a past he references in “Top of the World,” where he rhymes, “I went from working at Google to watching my Google alerts, now I got a buzz bigger than Google Earth.”

That's no lie.

His major debut this morning will get the music industry buzzing and should win him loads of new fans trying to catch up with the new sensation – an area secret that has suddenly been opened to the world.

He headlines Highline Ballroom on April 24.

In the meantime, here's the video for his new single “No Faith in Brooklyn”:

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