Verse Behavior: The 11 Best Quotables From Asher Roth’s ‘RetroHash’


The last time that we heard an LP from Asher Roth we got the conveniently named “Asleep In The Bread Aisle,” appropriate because the album was a bit slept on. Lost in the rut of pressures from the label and ‘budget cuts’ was a talented lyricist with a knack for crafting respectable verses with a dose of mainstream appeal.—Majid Tejan-Jalloh

Many may have forgotten the inventor of the sub-genre we now know as “Frat Rap,” but Asher has done his soul searching and has rehashed with a new state of mind and an album to boot. A few mixtapes later and 5 years removed from his last outing – here are the best moments from Asher Roth’s RetroHash.

“Parties at the Disco” (Verse 1)

Feeling like I’m out of town
Got a chill, sit down, remember how to be a child

Asher kicks off Retro Hash by taking a look around and reminiscing on his past: before the hiatus, before the labels, before he loved college.

“Dude” (Curren$y) (Verse 2)

Laughin’ at these little niggas mimicking me
They slidin’ down razor blades, landin’ in alcohol rivers

Curren$y didn’t slack on his guest verse for the boy Asher. To make a point about the biters and swagger jackers, Spitta uses the type of imagery you would expect from a writer of Greek mythology.

“Something For Nothing” (Verse 1)

Play the game
She would play for fun
Straight his face
She would taste the cum

Could this be the girl that Asher was referring to in his Open Letter from last year? Something For Nothing was Asher letting us in on his love life and divvying some information about a relationship from the past.

“Something For Nothing” (Verse 1)

Telling everything he thought of
When he first saw her, how he want a daughter
But her mother better be cut from the goddess cloth
Hardest part is she hardly talks
And a kiss, eyes wide as the sky is tall

Asher fell as hard as Humpty Dumpty for this chick and she couldn’t care less. Asher was the big rap star that girls would die to be with, so you’d think that any girl he shared his thoughts with would be all ears right? Not so much.

“Fast Life” (Verse 1)

All the while she’s forgetting to ask why
Feeling like the only way of living is let die

In a verse where Roth tells a story of severe teenage angst, he delivers this gem. The girl he’s speaking about is just dealing with the blows she’s dealt in self-destructive fashion, never stopping to wonder what’s really going on. In the end she decides this is how she’s going to live and anything that doesn’t agree with her is going to fall off to the side.

“Fast Life” (Vic Mensa) (Verse 2)

And just think before you reaching for the handle of your gun
And you running from what you done to become what you never wanted to

Vic touches on the violence in Chicago that has been covered in everything from rap lines to headlines. The “drill” movement would have you think that these young cats are complete savages with no conscious. Vic offers a jewel by telling his brethren to think before they pull that trigger, because once you place that label on yourself there is no looking back.

“Last of the Flohicans” (Verse 1)

I was home, chiefin’ dro, in the zone
Peaking slow, zip and couch surfing
Ouch feeling so sheepish
That’s so facetious, or is it so fictitious
I lost focus selfishly with the leaches

Speaking for myself, when Retro Hash was announced I was expecting Asher to be doing a lot of raw rapping on the album. That wasn’t the case up until “Last of the Flohicans.” This was the one of the few songs that featured him testing himself rap-wise. This carefully crafted couplet has Asher skillfully spitting about the hiatus.

“Last of the Flohicans” (Verse 1)

Need a new beginning, let me start again
Let me start again this time without an awkward ending
I walk pretending my thoughts are other on this planet
But I abandoned them not long ago and left them stranded

Asher opens up about the background of his hiatus down to his personal flaws. He admits that he left the limelight on an awkward note – his career up to this point was like a good movie that got a TV-spinoff with nobody that was part of the production in the first place. Then he goes on to elaborate on how pretentious he was, but I guess he has let go of the ego and will stick to what’s in his heart.

“Be Right” (Verse 2)

Fools are persuaded
But our rules aren’t the same
Remember do something crazy! (Do something crazy!)
Don’t want every day to be the same thing

A little bit of wisdom from Roth here. Asher reflects on the song that brought him stardom (I Love College), but uses it to further a message of not being afraid to step outside of the norm. Take a risk, you never know what could happen…

“Keep Smokin'” (Verse 1)

If I could be conceited
It’s a side of me that I don’t honestly agree with
Wish I could take the finer things and copy and keep ‘em
Lock ‘em and freeze ‘em
Want to and need ‘em, but see, ah, that’s not freedom
Like I’m scared to be me

In a moment of honesty, Asher admits that there are things that he doesn’t like about himself, plain and simple. You always get the feeling that many artists would love to be able to admit things like this, but fear being viewed as “weak.” Lines like these are what make an artist.

“Keep Smokin'” (Verse 2)

Constant vacation, lost out in sea
Quit my job and relationship, that’s why I roll this weed

At the end of Retro Hash, Asher just lets it all go. Instead of dealing with his internal traumas head on, he chucks a deuce up and rolls one. In turn, the inventor of Frat Rap has discovered a new life-sub genre: young-adult life crisis. Retro Hash.

Verdict: RetroHash wasn’t what I was expecting. What I thought was going to be a rap-heavy album turned out to be an experimental offering from Asher Roth. Some tracks had him singing throughout the whole record, which was a surprise to me. With it being so far from what I expected it may take some time to get used to. Not bad, but Retro Hash comes and goes like waves in an ocean.

Past VB’s: Kevin Gates | Smoke DZA | YG | Rick Ross

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