Asher Roth’s debut album Asleep in the Bread Aisle arrives in stores and online today. Does Asher live up to the great white hype? Find out below.
Entertainment Weekly: Roth never floats sham tales of suburban hardship here. Instead, he just wants to have a good timeand for the most part, he provides one as well. B
Rolling Stone: Roth’s timbre and cadence will remind listeners of Eminem, a subject he addresses head-on in “As I Em.” But he is his own mana blithe braggart, untroubled by the need to keep it real. 3 out of 5
Chicago Tribune: He’s a PG-rated version of Eminem; he’s not nearly as profane, funny, or dramatic. Instead, Roth finds inspiration in his ordinariness; he goes to college, not to get educated, but to participate in drinking games, get high, and bed girls. 2 out of 5
The Associated Press: What Roth does best is storytell: He delivers his thoughts on partying, politics, and growing up in suburban Pennsylvania. Tracks like “His Dream,” the funk-soul “Be By Myself” featuring Cee-Lo, and the Lupe Fiasco-sounding “Sour Patch Kids” serve as proof.
Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “I Love College,” “She Don’t Wanna Man,” “As I Em,” “Fallin'”