Steven AJ Markowitz, known by his stage name Hoodie Allen, is an independent American hip hop recording artist. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he began working at Google before ultimately quitting to pursue a music career full-time. Between the years 2009 and 2011, Hoodie released several mixtapes which garnered moderate success in the underground music scene. Finally in 2012, he released his first official EP titled All American which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200. A follow-up mixtape, Crew Cuts, was released the next year along with an acoustic version of All American. In October 2014, Hoodie officially released his debut studio album, People Keep Talking which was successful with first week sales of over 30,000 along with a debut position of No. 8 on the Billboard 200.