Rating: Presidential - Tight beats, great lyrics, good vibes, nice mix of guests make this album a must have. Asher didn’t dissapoint, haters stop hating, give the kid his props, probably the best whole album I’ve heard in a grip (yeah I said it). Stop downloading, go buy the album, support good music.
Asher’s CD finally dropped as promised on 4/20, and it’s good for the new era in hip hop and he set the bar pretty high.
I was skeptical bout things at first after hearing “I Love College” because that didn’t show much of his lyrical ability, but was catchy and if you went to college it was easy to relate to, it was just an anthem, and really a good lead off single to expose him to a more diverse audience. Really, after hearing the whole album which flows from track to track like the Rio Grande, “I Love College” fits in perfectly.
The feel of the album is Hip hop with a little rock feel and actually pretty soulful at times. The production of the album is great, it has a bunch of different beats, but they all go together. No complaints at all with the sound of the album, and each track can be listened to back to back without skipping over anything.
Lyrically, it’s good to hear Mr. Roth being serious, Greenhouse Effect seemed effortless, but great none the less. In the album you can tell he put effort and time into his songs but keeps his style at the same time. Each song is about something, he’s tellin a story or explaining something. “Be By Myself” talks bout why he’s single, “As I EM” is a response to haters saying he sounds like Eminem, while paying him homage for what Em did to the rap game, and how he’s different, “Bad Day” is bout just that kind of like a look into the everyday life of Mr. Roth. Best thing bout the album is he is real bout everything. He’s not pretending to be something he’s not, which is the case with a bunch of rappers out right now.
The guest spots on the album are great too. The album features: Cee-Lo (Be By Myself), Keri Hilson (She Don’t Want a Man), Chester French (As I Em), Busta Rhymes (Lion’s Roar), Jazzy Pha (Bad Day). All contribute well to the songs they’re on, but don’t outshine Asher the least a bit.
As a Bonus… Here is the U.K. and iTunes bonus tracks (Including The Lounge, which can be found on the Green House Effect Mixtape)
13. Perfectionist – Ft. Beanie Sigel
14. The Lounge
15. Y.O.U. – Ft. Slick Rick