How about this for one of the most unlikely career paths for a rapper you'll ever hear: Hoodie Allen studied finance and marketing at The Wharton School at the Ivy League school University of Pennsylvania, and after graduating worked at Google in northern California before quitting to focus on music full-time.
"This has always been the goal," said Allen in a phone interview. "When you have nothing, you can't call it a goal it's more like a dream."
Allen, who took time from vocal rest to talk to The Tribune, is touring in support of "All American," the second EP he has released, and which debuted as the No. 1 album on iTunes.