After an almost 6-year hiatus, the college-loving, hoe-smashing, super-stoner, party frat boy Asher Roth has stepped away from his MTV-U days into a more age-appropriate, less-egotistic light with his sophomore LP RetroHash.
The 28-year-old lyrical connoisseur had a lot to prove with this new record after receiving such semi-satisfying reviews for his salacious debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle. His new 40-minute tour de force, produced by Blended Babies, takes you on a musical journey of free-spirited, summertime blissful tracks that appease to a variety of audiences, more favorably the college-aged. This time he does it in a more mature manner.
“It’s a record about freedom. About trusting yourself and being yourself, and I think that’s pretty awesome,” he told XXL in an interview back in December.
Alternative, meet hip-hop.
Roth’s wordplay is perfect all throughout the album with the assistance of subtle guitar riffs over the groovy rap tracks. The record’s opener “Parties at the Disco” provides an optimistic vibe with soothing, laid-back vocals from ZZ Ward.
One of RetroHash’s highlights would be the satirical, lyrical masterpiece “Dude,” where Asher describes the stereotypical life of a white male in contrast to the more hardcore, hood rich bars from the hot spitta’ Curren$y. He presents his creative witticisms in “Last of the Flohicans” with lines like, “It ain’t that common, not every day/ you see the latest fate/ disintegrate and regenerate in better shape/ stay in the shade, keep the pain away.”
He has dropped two singles from this project so far, including “Fast Life” featuring Chicago rapper Vic Mensa (check out the cool video to it below, btw) and the MGMT-inspired tune “Tangerine Girl.”
The only issue I have with this album is that it lacks of consistency. Asher clearly had no direction for this collection of singles but to show his pride in his return to music and prove that he has grown as an artist overall.
But each song is a soundtrack in itself, perfect for a hot, overcrowded sweat-fest that is the summer music festival.
Can we get a tour, Mr. Roth?