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Asher Roth first started showing up on hip hop blogs about a year ago, and he always seemed like kind of a joke until you realized that serious people were working with him. Huh. So he is for real? But even as he gained traction, it was still difficult to take him too seriously. He recently did an interview where he admits to just how limited his understanding of the genre is. Fair enough. But dude samples Weezer and rips on Eminem’s style for rhymes about homework. Goofy.

Speaking of sampling Weezer, there is his hit single*, “College,” which I think premiered on College Humor, or Facebook. I think it premiered on a Co-Ed Naked Lacross t-shirt, actually. It’s a catchy but weightless tribute to Will Ferrell’s Old School. I’m pretty sure it was written by the owners of Steve & Barry’s (RIP) and/or the owners of Einstein Bagels central campus location.

His album just dropped last week, but it’s been nearly a year after “College” leaked on-line, and already the true legacy of Asher Roth is revealed:

Frat dudes playing awful covers on their acoustic guitar. PEACE OUT, JACK JOHNSON.

To Asher Roth:

Congratulations, son. New Godz.

Man, I hate college.

*”College” actually only sampled Weezer in its demo form, but even without the sample the official version still sounds really Weezer-y in its hook. Especially when the Asian frat dude jams it on his acoustic guitar.

Comments (74)
  1. i would bone many of those dudes based on the representative stills illustrating their youtube videos (i didn’t actually play them).

  2. Alan  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 +13

    Say It Ain’t College?

  3. I hate this dude… and I hate the dudes, who act like such bros playing G-tar signing songs they can “relate to” please… I went to college– it wasn’t as fun as Asher Roth makes it out to be. and also putting two condoms on its a terrible idea… now everyone pregnant because of Asher Roth forgot to mention that condoms rip when you have two on… thanks (again)

  4. Jesus Christ. I was blissfully ignorant of this shit before you went and posted about it. I’m already surrounded by these frat idiots, and the last thing they need is an “anthem.” Obviously its a little too late for this one, but someone needs to silence Mr. Roth immediately before he causes more problems.

  5. When I just noticed the pic with the article I thought “what’s that dude doing with Greg Gillis?”

  6. you know I personally wish the dudes who live next to me could play this on guitar. instead, I’m forced to hear wonderwall and demons by guster all day long.

  7. Asher Roth is the sound of me putting a gun in my mouth.

  8. #1 can actually play the guitar… except he sings like a totally humourous John Mayer.

    I don’t think I can make it through all of them…

  9. i’m pretty sure i have swine flu, but this just made my fucking day.

  10. File all of this under “things I didn’t want to know existed, but had suspicions that they did.”

  11. Hey, I think that guys was out in the Quad today……actually, I think he’s out there every day….and he looks different every day…..clearly, there is no way that more than 1 person would think this was a good idea, right?

  12. Worst. Post. Ever. I knew Asher Roth sucked, and I knew frat boys liked him, and I kind of assumed that some of them did a cover of it with acoustic guitar, because duh, hip hop+acoustic guitar+frat boy who wants girls to think he’s ‘deep’ or something=genius, but I didn’t need to see the evidence for it. Like, you can just tell me that stuff like this is out there, and maybe post some links, but I have no desire to actually see it. It’s like the femskins thing or whatever it was called. Telling me shit like that goes on is enough to horrify me, I don’t need the video on top of it, because you know if you post a video, there’s no way I’m not going to watch it. Same here. Just the knowledge that people record themselves playing one of the worst songs ever conceived on acoustic guitar is enough for me. I don’t need to see the unholy act being done. Thanks.

  13. I saw him perform at the MTVU woodie awards and when he came on stage, m friend and I were convinced that he was the host and it was just a ridiculous fake song. And then we were confused when he left.

  14. I thought we were going to be nice to frat boys after the whole Westboro protest thing. How soon we forget ‘gum.

  15. This is all very confusing. I thought he got played out once already … when I was in college a few years ago. Did someone let him make MORE music or is he just now making it into the mainstream? Either way, this makes me want to head down the boulevard.

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  17. I hope the parents of these young men know how much their sons are enjoying college.

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    • Nope, don’t get it. Total waste of okay production by the way of Asher Roth referencing everything that happened in the 90s

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  19. lol i dont usually listen to rapp but dis is some good shit it speaks to my life and shit. me and my bros like to get blazed and ride around campuss wit it blastin out of our bmw. I LOVE COLLEGE LOL fuckin tight as hell. its also great music to daterape to

  20. The original that samples Say it ain’t so:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOsh_TuVJvY

    Rivers Cuomo wouldn’t let him use the sample so he had to completely change it for the album; I think that’s the best thing weezer has done since 1996.

  21. darius mantooth IV  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 +4

    second dude looks like a giant baby. it’s even more off-putting than the way he has no rhythm.

  22. darius mantooth IV  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 +6

    I take back what I said about the baby-looking guy having no rhythm. I hadn’t listened to the original at that point, so I didn’t realize it was completely devoid of any flow.

  23. Those videos make me want to die. The third dude in particular.

  24. LuLu  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 +2

    RIP BLUTARSKY, we miss you so.

  25. “Alright, we need to recover Asher Roth’s ‘I Love College’ [...]”

    No, no we don’t.

  26. buster  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 -31

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  27. caleb  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 +16

    Were these the casting videos for Tool Academy?

  28. This guy is coming to Penn State for a free concert. It’s so ironic and horrific that i had to write and opinion piece about it.

  29. Carl  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 +1

    Rump roast on top of those guys necks.

  30. Teev  |   Posted on Apr 27th, 2009 +14

    Shouldn’t this be tagged under fake rap?

  31. I accidentally saw Asher Roth when he opened for Girl Talk and Busdriver at University of Colorado Boulder.

    I had no idea who he was, but I watched about seven of these guys as they got the idea to do this.

  32. Did this guy also write “Summer Girls” ten years ago?

  33. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that 4 out of 5 of these bros have douchey headwear. Asher Roth is not good. I think his name is derived from a demon’s, like Azerroth or something. The apocalypse draws near.

  34. I’m trying to place that last guy’s accent. Asian with about 20 years of douche?

  35. kane  |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 +3

    youth culture killed my dog

  36. john p   |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 +5

    i made it all of 29 seconds into the first one. when he opened his mouth and for some reason didn’t put a gun in there, i was done.

  37. Matthew Lingo  |   Posted on Apr 28th, 2009 +3

    I like how that last guy is trying to turn it into a bro folk song.

  38. man, I went to the wrong college. all I ever got were paper assignments and gray hairs.

  39. MikeGomes  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2009 -9

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  40. Eminem The II!

  41. What the hell college did this guy go to? Was it in a John Hughes film, perhaps?

  42. Minifigs  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2009 +5

    Asher Roth gives me douchebumps.

  43. I propose the following be put up in the original’s place:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxERb1naHZw

  44. I propose the following be put up in the original’s place:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxERb1naHZw

  45. Frat song of the year, brah.

  46. “You guys are always going off about how much money you have. Do you realize what’s going on in this world right now?’ All these black rappers? African rappers? Talking about how much money they have. Do you realize what’s going on in Africa right now? It’s just like, you guys are disgusting. Talking about billions and billions of dollars you have. And spending it frivolously, when you know, the Motherland is suffering beyond belief right now.”

    – Asher Roth

    http://pitchfork.com/news/35212-echo-chamber-asher-roth/

  47. Liam  |   Posted on Apr 29th, 2009 +4

    I really hope this asshat’s next single is called “I Love Jail”. And he records it from where he is (Jail).

  48. Asher Roth is what the devil masturbates to

  49. Keith  |   Posted on Apr 30th, 2009 -5

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  50. “Time isn’t wasted / When you’re getting wasted”
    Eat it, Confucious!

    Swine flu >> Asher Roth

  51. 1 dollar for a slice of pizza? Where did he go to college? Saskatchewan?

  52. I thought rap was annoying enough as it is with everyone Auto Tuning themselves into ATM machines but then this Aryan motherfucker comes along. I swear to God, this has to be the worst thing to happen to sound since ever.

    And who the fuck loves college? College sucks. It’s not like the world isn’t already running rampant with entitled twenty something honkeys with acousitc fetishes.

  53. Chris  |   Posted on May 7th, 2009 0

    Please,Please, Please, lets stop ALL white boys from ever trying to rap. EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM, just stop trying to be something your not. Your not “Hood” nor can you ever related to it. Even though this white boy is rapping about college, he still sucks and try way to hard, Em messed it up for all white boys trying to rap, stick to the metal/indie/rock/finger puppets that you white boys are so good at.

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