Not even Weezer front man Rivers Cuomo can stop Asher Roth’s quest for hip-hop stardom. After his debut single “I Love College” leaked to the Internet some months back, Roth ran into clearance issues with Cuomo.
According to inside sources, the song which borrows from Weezer’s 1994 hit “Say It Ain’t So,” seemed to have struck a chord with Cuomo who refused to clear the sample even after Asher offered the rock star 100% of the record’s publishing. “Asher offered Rivers all of the publishing and he still wouldn’t clear the sample,” said a source from Asher’s camp, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
Rather than abandon the record, which has gained a healthy following since it’s initial leak, Roth debuted a remixed version of “I Love College,” on his Myspace page yesterday. Asher is reportedly “thrilled” with the new version of the single, as it still maintains the feel of the original recording and is planning to shoot a video in the coming weeks. – Rob Markman