Update: Carlos Allen, the other White House crasher, is also in the music business now

April 9, 2013

Carlos Allen in 2010. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Turns out Michaele Salahi isn’t the only former White House crasher to go into the music business.

No sooner had we reported on Salahi and fiance Neal Schon’s legal victory over the Daily Mail tabloid then we got a call from Carlos Allen, who also made it into the same 2009 state dinner as Salahi and ex-husband Tareq. His new sideline? Rapping.

Allen told us he started writing songs to get over his failed 2010 campaign for D.C. mayor. His initial efforts were trashed by the YouTube commenters, so he took a few months to travel the world, and “my flows got better, I started making better music.” Now you can see that sunny grin in some fairly-slick-looking YouTube videos, popping bottles in the club and grooving in front of the District Building. (His nom de rap: “Mayor Allen”).

Carlos Allen in his video "Ring the Bells." (Screengrab courtesy of Carlos Allen).
Carlos Allen in his video “Ring the Bells.” (Screengrab courtesy of Carlos Allen).

All right, Carlos: How did a rapper with no radio play, no discernible sales, and a record company whose only client appears to be him manage to rack up a million or two views on these songs? Is it as easy to juke the YouTube stats as, say, walk into the White House without an invitation? Don’t play us for fools, Carlos!!! Allen insists he’s just an under-the-radar grassroots-marketing success. “Going from country to country, I built a small fan base that way.”

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