Asher Roth has given fans plenty of new music to hold them over until his Def Jam debut. The untitled album may be getting pushed pass his January release date, as Asher is expressing doubts in the major label structure.
During his interview with Bootleg Kev, he praised rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Macklemore who were successful in sticking with the independent route. Although he didn’t say if he would be leaving Def Jam to become a free agent, he feels that going indie helps give him more artistic control. Read his comments below and check out the full interview here.
“All I want to say is, myself, these cats and everybody watching this stuff, I think we’ve seen the recent success of just kinda doing it yourself, believing in yourself and believing in good people. With that being said, it’s great for me to sit back and see cats like Kids These Days…and Chuck [Inglish] and that sticking to what you really believe in paying off and getting that reinforcement from the fans. Look at Kendrick [Lamar], Macklemore – these are perfect examples of people who stick to what they believe in…and people are showing up now [to support]. That’s huge for artists like us…we have a problem with authority and it was bummer when people were trying to control what we do for so long, and now it’s just great for a lot of artists and fans.”
“To me, when I first came, everything happened so fast, I was too dependent to a fault. Being on a major label – unless you’re activated and you’re like – if you’re Rihanna [or] Justin Bieber, you’re good, you have all the resources in the world. But otherwise, you’re independent.”