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Album Review

Sold as hip-hop's Great White Dope, rapper Asher Roth ("The King of the Blumpkin") came on the scene with the great "I Love College," an infectious slacker anthem as simple as ""I love college," I love drinkin', I love women" and with a "Chug! Chug! Chug!" chant in the middle. A hilarious 18-minute freestyle on Tim Westwood's radio show made him all the more lovable, but Asleep in the Bread Isle is an everyday suburban rap album, if there is such a thing. The first problem is the big cut itself, now stripped of its Weezer sample thanks to Rivers Cuomo's reluctance to license the riff to "Say It Ain't So." It blows the whole mash-up charm of the original bootleg, but it's still a party starter, and one with a conscience as it fights against date rape and suggests doubling up on the condoms. That doesn't mean Asher is the responsible type, as "Blunt Cruisin'" drives around town stoned, while "Lark on My Go-Kart" speaks of a "door-matted whore" who needs her feet fixed. If that sounds like Eminem, the differences are outlined on the reggae-fied "As I Em" which explains Asher's relationship to the Slim Shady LP with the brilliant "My Mom brought it down while I was ironing/Irony." "Don't get it twisted/I definitely benefited" shows respect, but when the song goes off on a tangent about how hard it is to break through it seems like side-stepping how Em's debut was filled with danger while Asher's is relatively safe. Smoking weed, having sex, and swearing is hardly riveting material, and when Asher can't turn these topics into something clever, it becomes tiresome. The promising "Fallin'" pulls the rudder up at the last moment, making one believe the rapper could have made a knockout debut if the meteoric rise of "I Love College" hadn't hurried things along. [The Deluxe Edition of Asleep in the Bread Isle was made available with a bonus DVD in a clean version, with all profanities removed.]

Biography

Born: 11 August 1985 in Morrisville, PA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Asher Roth is a white suburban rapper who broke through to mainstream success in 2009 with his commercial debut single, "I Love College." Born on August 11, 1985, in Morrisville, PA, a predominantly white suburban community of 10,000 people located northeast of Philadelphia, he began rapping as a high-school teenager and later began to develop a fan base while attending West Chester University, thanks largely to social networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook. His early releases include the...
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Asleep In the Bread Aisle (Bonus Track Version), Asher Roth
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Hip-Hop/Rap, Music, Alternative Rap
  • Released: 01 January 2009
  • Parental Advisory

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