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However, after you get through "I Love College" there are some very well put together songs that make up his official debut album. "Fallin'" is my favorite track on the album and shows Asher rhyme over a Nottz beat. Within this track he reminisces on how he found to love the art of hip-hop. I can relate a lot to this track. "His Dream" is another song which Asher sheds his reputation from "I Love College." In this track, he expresses how he was influenced by his dad, but took a different path because he was influenced by hip-hop more. Another great track.
From there though, the album goes back to play with some disposable songs which I think are more label influenced than Asher's own intentions. "Lark in My Go-Kart," "Bad Day," "Blunt Cruisin'," are all tracks specifically for the feel good audience. It will remind listeners of Eminem's own "comical" tracks which made up of most of Eminem's last album, "The Eminem Show.Read more ›
The trouble Asher Roth has is -- and I tried very hard not to mention this -- he sounds a little TOO much like Eminem. But the problem THERE is that it sounds more like the comical style Em displayed early in his career, which isn't quite as accessible now as it was back then (how many songs from The Slim Shady LP do you think Em performs nowadays?). For the most part, Ash's rhymes are comedic, but they just aren't funny enough. This especially shows on the opening track "Lark on My Go-Kart"; and although "I Love College" became a runaway hit, ask any college student if they'd be caught dead playing that song (well, sober, anyway).
I didn't hear any of Ash's mixtape stuff, but people say he was more of a serious rapper then, and that would probably be better because the few times he's serious on HERE is when the decent songs come out, like the last two tracks ("His Dream" and "Fallin'"). The obligatory Jazze Phizzle productizzle "Bad Day" is passable, but "As I Em" (whose chorus is lifted from an old Joe Jackson song called "Geraldine and John"), the song where he tries to distance himself from Eminem, only comes off as okay. And Busta Rhymes' verse saves the metaphorically sexual "Lion's Roar", although I'm not exactly sure which part of his anatomy he's talking about (listen to the song to see what I mean).Read more ›
Let me lay it out for you. He doesn't possess any of the traits that make for a great rapper. He does not have a good flow, his lyrics are too simple, and he lacks energy in his vocals. The way I see it, a rapper's voice is his instrument, and this dude equates to Jimi Hendrix playing a banjo.
I like the idea of what this guy wants to be, but honestly the album is just not worth listening to. I think that dude became popular before he had time to master his craft properly.
P.S. You want a white dude that makes original music? Look up Mac Lethal's Ashes to Ashley.
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Good CD, I would recommend to others. I don't know about his new music but this was a good ride to CD.Published on September 11, 2013 by B. Shaw
brand new fresh unopened great cd . so glad just to find it at a good price. hard album to find in storesPublished on February 20, 2013 by Kennytheklepto
He really enjoyed this and the other CD's that we purchased for him. I am sure he recommends this CDPublished on December 6, 2012 by rgsdstewart
This is a hot cd. I'm mad that I slept on this cd when it came out. Asher Roth did his thing on this cd. I'm wanting for his next cd to drop.Published on October 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
When I first heard this garbage I thought it was another one of those joke Andy Samberg SNL songs. His raps are absolutely about nothing. If he can rhyme he can stick to poetry. Read morePublished on May 19, 2010 by MB
not bad if you're young and like to get high listening to alternative rap this is right up your alley.Published on November 23, 2009 by Sherance Brothers
While this CD isn't anything mind blowing it is a really Solid start and a breath of fresh air in terms of the garbage that's on the radio right now. Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by Carlos A. Gonzalez
Buy this album - Also if you can get it buy the Greenhouse Effect mixtape I like it more than this album. Guys are chargin 69$ for it here hopefully you can get it a bit cheaperPublished on October 7, 2009 by CATAustin