Tuesday, June 9, 2009

no more pencils no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks

asher roth. i swore to myself that i wouldn't get sucked into promoting someone i can't stand by writing something negative about him but i guess i would rather have people make up their own mind by hearing a dissenting opinion in response to all the ball washing good press he's had.

so, asher roth. the young ne'er do well making the rounds at penthouse apartments near you has been called "the next big thing" "the new eminem" and other non-sensical crap that makes him sound like the third coming of christ. i'm just going to come right out and say it, i don't get it. i did have a good laugh when i read http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1607673/20090324/asher_roth.jhtml and young james suggested that most people in the hip hop community like asher but they can't come out and say it. that's why they hang their heads and get quiet. it couldn't be because they think he's a no talent hack but don't want to say it just in case they can make some money off of him. heavens no.

it's not that i'm old. it's not that i don't like hip hop. it's not even that i have something against partying. what i have a problem with is sloppy musicianship mixed with sloppier performance that validates the idea that you don't have to know ANYTHING about music in order to make hip hop.

so i'm hoping someone will read this and let me know what it is that's appealing about roth. i will not accept anything along the lines of "he's got sick beatz" as an explanation because clearly, i don't find that to be the case. he's gone on record as saying that he had a band play on the album because they didn't have much money which means nothing because having a friend play a four bar progression, recording it and then looping it in pro tools is the same as ripping it off a cd. you're still making music with loops. it's nothing to be ashamed of, it's just lazy when you don't do anything to change the song structure and the same four bars just plod along. that's not unique to asher though so don't think that i'm mad at him just because he can't write a song. most hip hop acts can't. look at timbaland. he liked the one republic song he did so much that he sold it to chris cornel.

so let's hear it internet. why do you like asher roth?


Sprockette said...

Because I love college.

No but for real, he's pretty retarded. I understand why you'd like his music when you're drunk, but that's about it. And let's be serious, the only time anybody listens to Asher Roth is when they're drunk.

amberdexterous said...


my point exactly.