Ready or not Asher Roth is here, with the release of his album Asleep In The Bread Aisle on the hallowed smoker’s holiday this past 4/20. Before I go on about the awesomeness of this album I have to eliminate any comparisons that have been made with Eminem from a critical standpoint. Asher’s voice is the only thing slightly similar to the controversial MC, not his lyrics. If anything Asher, is like a one man Gym Class Heroes during The Papercut Chronicles. With that being said we can now move on to Asleep In The Bread Aisle!!
His first track “Lark On My Go-Kart” is a clever introduction to the sound of the album. Raw instrumentals, witty punchlines, and an all-around good time. You will have to listen to this track a couple of times to get the sexual innuendos because I guarantee you will get caught up in intricate combinations of sounds.
The second track “Blunt Cruisin” can be the next smoker’s anthem and sounds best on full blast. “I Love College” is the single sampled by Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” that successfully turned everybody on to Asher’s craft. “La Di Da” makes its mark of encouragement for starving artists or anyone who has been put down which is kind of a sweet gesture since he is a rapper and all. The following track “Fallen” is a reminiscent song about the past life of Asher as a kid: his appreciation and passion for hip hop, losing a family member, and identifying with himself. I thought he was almost about to debut as a singer on this one!
Asher has a few features that are on his album and featuring artists typically outshine the upcoming artist. However in Asher’s case there is a complimentary victory from the featured musicians that adds a respectable flare to his project. “Be By Myself” featuring Cee-Lo, “Lion’s Roar” featuring Busta Rhymes, “Bad Day” featuring Jazze Pha, and “His Dream” featuring Miguel are just some of the few people who show Asher’s development of diversity and strength. “As I Em” featuring Chester French is a convincing delivery of frustration with the constant comparison of himself to Eminem over a gritty beat and guitar. “She Don’t Want A Man” featuring Keri Hilson is the shit, period! I’m sorry that’s all I can say. Well, I will add this is what The Pack could easily remix with a Bay-Area twist. “Sour Patch Kids” lets you know the CD is coming to close with it’s loss of energy (or randomness of vibes) up until he ends this song taking a stab at President Obama.
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