Make every word count. This has long been the mantra of Hoodie Allen, the New York based rapper and songwriter. With a penchant for candid storytelling and witty punchlines, Hoodie has always been an emcee who understood the importance of connecting with the audience through his lyrics. A purveyor of summertime anthems, Hoodie Allen has gained notable buzz on the internet for his unique genre-blending style, unafraid to sample from the unconventional norms of hip hop. His most recent work samples a diverse array of artists and sounds from UK pop singers (Marina & The Diamonds) to indie rock staples and upstarts (Death Cab for Cutie). The idiosyncrasy of the music is very fitting as Hoodie Allen is not your typical rapper. A self-described "college educated music nerd", Hoodie Allen embraces his individuality and promotes it as the main message in his hype-machine breakout "You Are Not A Robot" (2010). The future is bright for Hoodie Allen. He plans to continue providing the masses with feel-good music for a long time. .
David von Mering and Carter Schultz of Wayland, MA create music that finds its roots in reggae, acoustic pop and indie rock, with smooth guitar riffs and a strong rap component. Their mixtapes "Water on the Moon" (released Fall 2010) and "The Reach" (May 2011) were picked up on major college music blogs such as This Song Is Sick, Good Music All Day, Sunset in the Rearview, 1146 Miles, and Dirty Mexican Lemonade. Aer has performed at Lehigh University, University of North Carolina, University of South Carolina, University of Vermont, Roger Williams University, Syracuse University, The Studio at Webster Hall, and sold out headline shows at Canal Room in New York City and The Middle East Club in Boston. "The Reach", which was sponsored by popular college music blog Good Music All Day, has amassed over 35,000 downloads since its May 9th release. Their iTunes single "Feel I Bring" made the front of the Reggae page when iTunes placed the song in their "New & Noteworthy" section and one of their latest singles, "Slow Down" was featured on prolific hip-hop blog 2dopeboyz. Aer has shared the stage with the likes of Mac Miller, Hoodie Allen as well as Cris Cab, who they joined this summer on part of his tour at Webster Hall in NYC, and O'Brien's in Boston. Their latest release, EP "What You Need," rose to the #1 album on the iTunes hip-hop charts, and also made it in the top ten on the iTunes overall album charts.