The stoner-ginger-freshman in the form of Asher Roth rose to fame with the massive I Love College which is still a great song that wasn’t butchered by radio play. Asleep In The Bread Aisle was the debut and still the only studio album released by Roth and was considered a massive disappointment (despite reaching number 5 on the US charts), I disagree.
The first four tracks are all great songs, personifying Roth as a rapper, ‘egging all the houses, smashing all the pumpkins’, ‘my eyes be the size of Mr Myagi’, ‘so fill up my cup, let’s get fucked up’, ‘every second is a blessing, yes it is precious, suggest you get off instant message’. Asher Roth’s witty lyrics are convincing and well relayed, it shows he is just a kid who’s made it in the rap game and is enjoying doing it.
We hit something of a lull at tracks 5 and 6 with two pop heavy tracks assisted by two big chart stormers – Cee-Lo Green and Keri Hilson, these tracks don’t do Roth a great deal of justice with an average chorus on both despite the occasional great rhyme.
Unlike a lot of debuts, Asleep In The Bread Aisle’s highlights come towards the latter of the album. Despite a lazy hook, the brilliantly titled As I Em, is one of the most underrated lyrical songs I’ve heard in a while, ‘and now the masses think that Asher wants to be a Marshall Mathers’, you can really feel Roth’s frustration at always being compared to Eminem due to ‘the same complexion and a similar voice inflection’. His Dream is also in the same category of lyrical brilliance, a subtle beat and a mellow lyrically charged delivery illustrate Roth as a great great lyricist, however the stoner image and lazy singles like She Don’t Wanna Man can never give his ability justice, a massively underrated album and an even further underrated lyricist.