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Asher Roth, Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry

Asher Roth
Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry

Beats: L
Lyrics: XL
Originality: L

Asher Roth is ready to grow up. On his latest mixtape, Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry, he stakes his claim for a seat at hip-hop’s grown-up table by using a slew of familiar hip-hop beats to prove there’s more to him than beer pong and keg stands. And though it’s merely intended as an appetizer for his upcoming sophomore album, the “I Love College” rapper serves up plenty of convincing sampler platters to get his point across.

The meal starts with the insightful “Muddy Swim Trunks,” where Roth borrows Sean Price’s 2009 track, “Figure Four,” to dispel the gay rumors that circulated on the Internet last year. From there, he swipes Cam’ron’s infectious “Down and Out,” to create “Con-fid-ence,” to reflect on the hate he received after he dropped his 2009 debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle. He even hops on Q-Tip’s 1999 song, “Let’s Ride,” on “Fuck Your Ringtone Dog” to create a small level of separation from his college fan base. “We’re still down with sorority games,” he raps, “nowadays it just seems my priorities changed.”

That’s not to say everything here is a testimonial to his growth as an artist. Roth’s up to his old tricks alongside college buddies Tom “Boyder” Boyd and Brian Bangley on “Toni Braxton” and “Cumbaya,” which both showcase frat boy humor at its finest. Similarly, the ridiculous “Vagitables” finds him comparing parts of the female anatomy to vegetables. They’re entertaining, but they’re only designed to be funny once and do little to help Roth shed his party animal image.

While the schoolboy antics are still a part of who he is, Roth manages to open up just enough on Seared Foie Gras… to offer a taste of his maturation. It’s a delectable dish to say the least. —Chris Yuscavage

  • jimmy price

    “Let’s Ride” is my shit. I still have Amplified on cassette somewhere.

    As long as Asher isn’t freestyling like on his shit is much more listenable

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol Kid Pistol

    I can co-sign that Jimmy. No freestyles and Asher Roth is coo. I bought his debut album, which was a disappointment to me, tho. Hopefully he switches it up a little more next time. I’ll have to check out this mixtape.

  • TUNED2IT

    Can I get Asher and Dj Drama pt 2 album? This was nice, but DRAMA could have made it the ish yo!

  • http://myspace.com/kidpistol Kid Pistol

    Ok, ok, Trash Minutes and Pubic Garden were kinda dope.

  • Dante

    Ok, I wish XXL would get their facts straight. That “Muddy Swim Trunks” beat was not from Sean Price. It’s the beat from Pacewon’s “I Declare War”

  • q461

    asher’s first record was ight,,, i dont understand all the hate..white boy can flow

    • jburg

      I co-sign that. Asleep in the bread Isle was a pretty decent album. This mixtape is alright very listenable. Stop the hate people dude is pretty damn good.

    • Dom Walker

      i Feel u. I think A.Roth is nice. You have to be more open minded to appriciate his style of rap. I give him props he went in on this

  • IndyKid

    I love how everybody is on here now acting like they’re down with Ash when before their was nothing but negativity. It’s alright though. I’m just glad people are catching on…

    Indy

  • JEROD

    You PUSSIES!!! Where’s Diamond Dallas Page when you need him? He’d give it to you straight. “Fuck Asher Roth.”

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  • Yella

    i bought he’s first album. And i happy i did. Cuz that was a hot album! Should listen to this now.! PEACE

  • shadyy

    jerod ur the pussy u cock suckin fag. pound ur fuckn face in bitch

  • Rich

    This shit is a XXL

  • Nate April 5th

    Another good product from Asher.

    His music speaks for itself. Anyone saying it isn’t above average or good for what’s out there in the game right now either never heard it or dislikes him related to his skin….

  • tmt

    what beat is hellafded from?

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  • f

    Asher sucks as does everything he puts out

  • yoville man

    dude, are they serious? it was a medium at best, one listen…

    he is crazy boring, has no subject, and thinks he is better than he is…

    he like the rik smits of rap…

    terrible, terrible, terrible, and you wonder why XXL mag fell off?

    bs ratings is why

  • R.K.

    “Stakes his claim”

    Despite the strong and biased opinions
    in the posts on this site, there’s some clever
    writting here.

    I think Asher is pretty good to listen to when
    you havent heard him in a while. He’s not the type you listen to for hummable hooks and the like, but instead when you just wanna pass the time. I think this rating was dead on