Mac Miller Says He Knows Where Asher Roth Went Wrong

To let the bloggosphere tell it, Mac Miller took Asher Roth’s spot.

But, though the two White Pennsylvania-bred MCs —Asher is from Morrisville and Mac is from Pittsburgh— and former XXL Freshmen have drawn comparisons for their college-friendly fanbase, carefree content and weed-head persona, their careers appear to be headed in different directions.

Two years after Asher’s debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, released via SRC/Universal, failed to meet commercial expectations—selling 62, 000 in its first week—Mac’s debut, Blue Slide Park, is projected to sell roughly 100, 000 units independently in its first week. And, according to Mac, he knows exactly where the former Great White Hope went wrong.

“Asher Roth came out with ‘I love College’ and that’s not really him as an artist,” Mac told XXL. “He likes to rap his ass off. He likes to spit, and he’s on some positive change the world type shit for the better, and that’s not him. They thought that would be a hit song. And I think that was the thing, like, he came out in that lane that they pushed him in and he didn’t wanna go there. He just wants to rap and shit.”

Though he owns up to having similarities with Asher, Mac is confident he’s in a lane of his own.

“I have some jams where you’re like, ‘Hell Yeah, these are great to get high to,’” he explains.  “These songs are great to fuck a bitch to. These songs are great for you to sit by yourself and think about some shit. These songs are good for you just to hear someone rap they ass off, so for you to box me into one type of thing is like you kinda being an idiot.”

Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park is in stores now. Also look for Mac in XXL‘s December/January issue on newsstands December 6.—Carl Chery @cchery

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  • glenn

    i would love to know who listens to this guy and went and bought the album

    • Peter Venkmen

      It’s seems like no can agree on MCs anymore.

    • Most Dope

      i went out and bought the album and i listen to him he has great flow and doesnt just talk about one thing. Oh yeah and his songs have actually meaning unlike half of what tunechi puts out which are all freestyles that just make no sense or having meaning

  • josh

    asher roth > mac miller

  • dondon

    Asher roth is way better dan dis dude

  • Matt

    numbers don’t lie, suckas.

    • jake

      That’s why Britney Spears is the best artist of all time. #logicfail

    • Clyde

      whenever half the numbers are from highschool skanks that just wanna get in mac’s pants, it’s hard to tell if the numbers really mean anything

  • The Mechanic

    They’re both whack. Case closed.

  • Rationalist

    Asher Roth has deep meaning….Mac fucks bitches…
    where is rap going ?

    “struggle and dedication is rap, the money, kush and hoes are the plus in the rap game but not the motivation” -BIG

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  • KieKie

    Asher Roth is in NO way better than Mac Miller. He’s good and he’s got a few songs I really dig, but Mac is the real deal, he shits solid gold.

  • purp

    if asher had never made i love college all hip hop head would dig him. but they cant get past one track dude made. the shit hes been doing with chuck recently has been killer. better then mac hands down. asher makes dope music mac makes decent listenable music

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  • Jone

    Blue slide park sold more copies because mainstream rap went this direction recently and not as much during asleep in the bread isle and mac hyped up his album with his mixtapes. Asher is gonna kill with his new album “is this too orange” after hyping it with his upcoming mixtape

  • jj.Bean

    This kid is a FUCKING Artard! Listion to this kid talk ahhhhahaha!!!

  • Sean

    Asher Roth can rap way better than miller, and no homo but I like Asher’s voice more than miller’s who seems to have a lisps. As for record numbers, Asher really only had one single made off the album when it dropped which was I Love College, while miller has like 20 music videos. Asher sold that amount of records not promoted well.