Asher Roth

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Asher Roth
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Background information
Birth name Asher Paul Roth
Born (1985-08-11) August 11, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Morrisville, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2005-present
Labels Federal Prism, Pale Fire (current)
Lock-n-Load, Schoolboy, Universal Motown, SRC, Loud, Def Jam (former)
Associated acts All City Chess Club, Blended Babies, Nottz Raw,
Website asherrothmusic.com

Asher Paul Roth (born August 11, 1985), is an American hip hop recording artist from Morrisville, Pennsylvania. He is perhaps best known for his debut single "I Love College". Roth released his debut studio album Asleep in the Bread Aisle, on April 20, 2009, under Universal Motown, SRC and Schoolboy Records; the latter of which was launched by Roth's former manager Scooter Braun. Roth later left Schoolboy Records in late 2012, due to creative differences with Braun. In 2013, Roth signed with indie record label Federal Prism, under which he released his second studio album, RetroHash.

Life and career

1985-2007: Early life and career beginnings

Asher Roth was born and raised in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, a small town about 20 miles (30 km) northeast of Philadelphia.[1][2] His mother, Elizabeth (née McConnell), is a yoga instructor, and his father, David Roth, is the executive director of a design firm.[3][4][5][6] He attended Pennsbury High School.

After graduating from high school, Roth entered West Chester University and became an Elementary Education major, while continuing to record verses over the popular production of other rappers. During his sophomore year, Roth posted some of his verses on his MySpace page and sent a Friend Request to Scooter Braun, an Atlanta-based promoter and former VP of Marketing for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def. One week after speaking to Braun, Roth flew down to Atlanta and was immediately signed by Braun, who subsequently became his manager.[7]

2008-2010: Asleep in the Bread Aisle

After linking up with Braun, Roth moved to Atlanta to pursue a hip-hop career full-time. As industry buzz grew, Roth was courted by a number of labels, including SRC, Def Jam, Warner Bros. Records and Atlantic Records.[8] Roth would eventually sign a joint venture between Braun's Schoolboy and Steve Rifkind, chairman of SRC/Universal Records. On June 13, 2008, via the internet, Roth released his first professional release, the Don Cannon and DJ Drama-helmed mixtape, The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 1. This resulted in Roth being the second white rapper to be featured on Drama and Cannon’s Gangsta Grillz series. Roth subsequently began recording his major-label debut album. In late 2008, it was revealed Roth was included in XXL's 2009 annual Freshman Class, and was featured on the cover alongside fellow up-and-coming rappers Kid Cudi, Wale, B.o.B, Charles Hamilton, Cory Gunz, Blu, Mickey Factz, Ace Hood and Curren$y.[9][10]

Roth's debut single "I Love College", was released in January 2009 and received many hits across North America. The song also served as his debut album lead single. His second single "Lark on my Go-Kart", was released March 24, 2009. After the two singles were released, Roth's debut studio album Asleep in the Bread Aisle was released on April 20, 2009, in honor of cannabis subculture's 420 holiday. During the summer of 2009, Roth joined fellow XXL freshmen alumni Kid Cudi and B.o.B, for 'The Great Hangover' concert tour.[11][12] Roth also joined Blink-182 in the second half of their reunion tour in the fall of 2009.

2010-2012: The Rawth EP and other projects

After touring in 2009 and releasing a second mixtape titled Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry in March 2010,[13] Roth began working on his second studio album, then-titled The Spaghetti Tree. From his friend Boyder's YouTube page, he was seen working with high-profile record producers Pharrell Williams and Nottz Raw. While working with Nottz, the two of them decided to collaborate on a project together, due to having a number of records rejected by the label due to sampling and copyright issues.[14] The end result was an eight track extended play (EP), solely produced by Nottz, entitled The Rawth EP. The EP, which features appearances from Colin Munroe, D.A. (of Chester French), Rhymefest and Kardinal Offishall, was released December 27, 2010.[15]

On July 26, 2010, Roth released "G.R.I.N.D (Get Ready It's a New Day)", the intended first single from The Spaghetti Tree, and promoted the song by traveling to different radio stations across the country. In July 2010 XXL interview, while speaking on The Spaghetti Tree, Roth revealed four tracks from the album. One was said to feature West Coast rapper Game, one produced by Swizz Beatz and another was revealed to be titled "Run it Back".[7] On May 25, 2011 it was announced that Roth's second studio album would no longer be called The Spaghetti Tree.[16] On July 19, 2011, Roth released a song titled "Last Man Standing", as a single. The song, which features African-American singer-songwriter Akon, was featured on the soundtrack to the 2011 video game Madden NFL 12.

In an interview with Rikki Martinez of Power 106, Roth announced he would be releasing a mixtape titled Pabst & Jazz and revealed the new title of his upcoming second album to be Is This Too Orange?.[17] On November 11, 2011 he released the first offering off Pabst & Jazz, a song titled "Common Knowledge". In November 2011, Roth signed to Def Jam Recordings through the resurface of defunct label Loud Records which is now still a subsidiary label of SRC Records. In April 2012, Roth revealed he was once again working with producer Nottz Raw, as well as Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, on an EP titled Rawther.[18] In late 2012, Roth revealed he scrapped the Is This Too Orange? title for his second album, out of respect for Def Jam label mate Frank Ocean's debut Channel Orange (2012).

2013-present: RetroHash

Main article: RetroHash

On June 5, 2013 Roth announced he would be reuniting with DJ Drama and Don Cannon, to release the sequel to his critically acclaimed mixtape The Greenhouse Effect[19] The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 was released on June 25, 2013.[20] In December 2013, Roth revealed his long-awaited and often-delayed second studio album is titled RetroHash which was released on April 22, 2014.[21] In a December interview with on a Juan Epstein podcast with Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds, Roth announced he is still planning on releasing his collaborative EP Rawther, with Nottz Raw and Travis Barker; as well as an EP with renowned hip hop producer Pete Rock, tentatively titled Pete Roth.[22][23][24] Upon its release, RetroHash debuted at number 45 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 6,100 copies in the United States.[25]

Musical style

Influences

Asher Roth cites Jay-Z and Eminem among his influences in hip hop, mostly by Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life".[26] Growing up, Roth was exposed to little hip hop in his family, with his parents preferring "The Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire ... Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits."[7] According to Roth:

The first CD I ever bought was Dave Matthews Band's Crash ...That is how suburban I am...I finally got into hip hop in '98 when I heard the Annie sample with Jay-Z....When I wrote my 'A Milli' freestyle, that was me listening to 10 years of hip hop and not relating to it at all. Like, Damn I don’t sell coke. Damn, I don’t have cars or 25-inch rims. I don't have guns. I finally got to a point where I had the confidence to do this thing myself, and I was making music for me. And it turns out, a lot of people feel the same way I do.[27]

Asher has also stated that:

Hip-hop has always been very influential in the ‘burbs, [but] it’s just a matter of where we could relate to it. You find a lot of kids that are really confused. You look at them and they’re dressed out of character. They don’t look right. I figured out, I don’t have to dress this way, but I can still love hip-hop.[28]

Personal life

His mother has Scottish ancestry and his paternal grandfather was Jewish.[29][30] Roth does not consider himself Jewish, although his name sometimes leads people to believe he is.[31]

Asher Roth is open about his use of cannabis. As stated in an interview conducted and filmed by DJ Vlad, Roth stated his views about the legalization of cannabis and the use of cigarettes:

Cigarettes don't do anything for you except kill you ... I honestly don't believe [marijuana] is the gateway drug, because I use it and I've never done anything else ... I'm trying to be open about my "pot smoking" ...[32]

Discography

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2013 $50K and a Call Girl: A Love Story Asher
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Himself
2010 Silent Library Himself
2010 Hip Hop Honors: The Dirty South Himself
2012 Face Off Himself

Awards

References

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  2. ^ Lester, Paul (27 April 2009). "Fratboy slim and the kosher kids". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  3. ^ DiCrescenzo, Brent (2009-05-07). "Asher Roth Q&A". Time Out Chicago. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  4. ^ Condrani, Ed (2 August 2009). "All rapped up". Bucks County Courier Times. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  5. ^ Caramanica, Jon (15 April 2009). "To Be Young, Rapping and White". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  6. ^ St. James (2 June 2008). "The HHNLive.com Interview: Asher Roth". HHNLive.com. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  7. ^ a b c Bolden, A.J. (July 2010). Studio Time (Asher Roth). XXL. p. 98. 
  8. ^ Blanco, Alvin (2008-07-10). "Asher Roth: School's Out". AllHipHop. Archived from the original on 31 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  9. ^ "First Look: XXL Freshman Class of ’09 Covers". highbridnation.com. October 21, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ "XXL’s Class of ’09 Cover: Top 10 Freshmen". hiphoppress.com. October 20, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  11. ^ Roberts, Steven (2009-07-17). "Kid Cudi, Asher Roth Want Hangover Tour To Be A 'Movement'" (mdy). MTV News. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
  12. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2009-06-03). "Asher Roth And Kid Cudi Hitting The Road For Great Hangover Tour" (mdy). MTV News. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  13. ^ "Asher Roth – Seared Foie Gras w/ Quince & Cranberry (Mixtape)". 2dopeboyz.com. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  14. ^ "HHU Intv: Asher Roth Talks "The Spaghetti Tree," Performing with The Roots, Nottz & More". Thehiphopupdate.com. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  15. ^ "Nottz Raw & Asher Roth – The Rawth [EP Album]". Thehiphopupdate.com. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  16. ^ eskay (2011-05-25). "Last Man Standing". NahRight. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  17. ^ "Asher Roth Announces New Album Title (Video)". 2dopeboyz.com. 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  18. ^ Burgess, Omar (April 9, 2012). "Asher Roth Details His Artistic Growth, Reveals Upcoming EP With Nottz And Travis Barker". HipHoDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (2013-06-05). "Asher Roth Loads Up The Cannon To Bring More Drama". Sohh.Com. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  20. ^ "Asher Roth - The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 | Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". Hotnewhiphop.com. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  21. ^ "Asher Roth Announces "RetroHash" Album". 2DOPEBOYZ. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  22. ^ "Asher Roth Talks Career, Life & More On Juan Epstein". Illroots. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  23. ^ Tardio, Andres (2013-12-20). "Asher Roth Compares Record Companies To The Wizard Of Oz | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  24. ^ "Asher Roth (@asherroth) to release EP with Pete Rock | Yo! Philly Raps". Yophillyraps.wordpress.com. 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 
  25. ^ Tardio, Andres (2014-04-30). "Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 4/27/2014". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2014-04-30. 
  26. ^ - Asher Roth interview about comparisons and influences, YouTube
  27. ^ Fennessey, Sean (2008-10-30). "Asher Roth". Vibe. Archived from the original on 3 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  28. ^ Michael, Jon (2008-06-18). "Asher Roth – Not Your Average". Sixshot.com. Retrieved 2009-03-05. [dead link]
  29. ^ The Jewish Week, July 2009.
  30. ^ "Asher Roth is on his way to hip hop stardom". Philadelphia Weekly. 15 April 2009. Archived from the original on 16 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  31. ^ Sacks, Adam (1 April 2009). "Asher Roth Raps Suburbia, Campus Life". The Jewish Daily Forward. Archived from the original on 6 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  32. ^ Interview with DJ Vlad about drugs, YouTube
  33. ^ "Asher Roth Announces New Album ‘RetroHash’". MissInfo.tv. 2013-12-18. Retrieved 2014-07-19. 

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