20 questions with Hoodie Allen

Former Google employee Steven Markowitz talks Taco Bell, Ryan Reynolds and Instagram with A&E.

Hoodie Allen. Photos by Diana Levine (www.dianalevine.com)

Diana Levine

Hoodie Allen. Photos by Diana Levine (www.dianalevine.com)

by Shannon Ryan

What: Hoodie Allen

When: 6 p.m., Sunday

Where: First Avenue, 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis

Cost: $21/SOLD OUT

Age: All ages


Steven Markowitz is a Jewish guy from Long Island, but under the rap moniker Hoodie Allen, he’s an American hip-hop artist and songwriter playing sold-out shows across the country, First Avenue being one of them.

Amid a tour to promote his latest album, “Crew Cuts,” Hoodie took the time to get candid with A&E for a goofy game of 20 questions. The 24-year-old likes dogs, gum and Twitter — total best friend material right there.


A&E: Why did Obey City leave your duo in 2010?

He didn’t like the music we were making. He didn’t really want to do the hip-hop stuff anymore. I was like, “Is it cool if I keep doing it as a solo thing?” So I kept doing it and rebranded Hoodie as myself.


Do you still see each other?

Not really. I haven’t seen him in quite some time.


What’s your favorite fast food restaurant?

It’s got to be Taco Bell. You’ve got to go with the Cheesy Gordita Crunch, and if you’re feeling adventurous, just get the Doritos Locos shell. You can’t go to Taco Bell more than like three times a year, but when you do, you’ve got to go big.

(Honorable mention: Wendy’s)


What’s the most bizarre fan mail you’ve received?

One of the funniest ones was someone who sent me a drawing of my dog, so I showed it to [my dog], and he approved of it, and I put it on Instagram.


Do you still have “HA” shaved into the back of your hair?

That’s not my head. I’ve got a beautiful head, and I would not do that to it. That’s a fan on the cover.


What’s your usual alcoholic beverage?

I’m a Jack Daniel’s guy or Jameson.


What’s your favorite Instagram filter?



If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

The buffalo chicken roll from Bella Vista in New York. It’s incredible. I’d probably die if I would eat it every single day, but we’re assuming there are no consequences, and if that’s the case, then this roll it is.


If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?

It’s got to be Kanye.


Were your coworkers at Google supportive of your choice to leave?

They were cool and totally fine with it, ya know? They want you to follow your dreams wherever that may be.


Would you choose gum or breath mints?

Gum, for sure.


Are you always the kid with gum?

No, I’m the kid who always asks for gum.


Are you allergic to anything?

No, I just don’t like things, and I’ll say that I’m allergic to them instead, like peanut butter.


You don’t like peanut butter?

No, I’m allergic.


What actor would you want to play you in a movie?

Ryan Reynolds, that’s the dude.


Do you know Ryan Reynolds; have you met him?

Yeah, we’re best friends.


What are your go-to websites for news?

Reddit, YouPorn — just kidding [laughs] — Twitter is my news source.


What’s your favorite pickup line?

Hi, I’m Hoodie Allen, and I’m famous on the Internet. Will you date me? It never works, so I have to tell them that I’m Wilmer Valderrama.


How tall are you?

I’m 5’9”.


Who is your favorite Disney character?

Ah, Mulan — no, I don’t mean Mulan, I mean Jasmine because she is really sexy.