Saturday, January 22, 2011

Emcee of the Month: Asher Roth

Every so often a song will emerge from the massive boiling cauldron of hip hop music and ignite the rawest of emcee flames, setting of culture-wide cyphers that can last for weeks, or even months. Most of the time it happens during the summer; the party season. The record is almost always an unexpected hit, and each new incarnation seems more unimagined than the one before.

Such was the case a few years ago when Lil Wayne released his record "A Milli", which stood hip hop on its ear in the summer of 2008. It wasn't long after its official release when a plethora of emcees used the instrumental to record their own versions of the track. And quite frankly, how could they resist? Yes, the song is stripped-down, monotonous, and repetitive. But there is a darkness and mystery to it that is undeniably intoxicating.

The list of emcees that recorded verses on the track was extensive, including Jay-Z, The Game, Jadakiss, Papoose, Drake, guessed it, Asher Roth. As always, youtube is your friend if you'd like to hear them all. But Asher's is just below, so have a listen. Oh, and listen to the original, too. It will definitely give Mr. Roth's contribution more context.


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