I Think I Love College
With his new song, “I Love College,” white rapper Asher Roth may or may not possess the adequate skills required to be considered a great rapper. As a matter of fact, he’s far from it.
“I Love College” is an awful song. It is evident that Roth is a blogger at heart because the song seems like compiled listings of a week in the life of a college partier, rather than a student. Although the lyrics are appealing, they are empty under the surface and have no sort of solace that music always offers (other than the fact that some may say: that’s happened to me before).
It is a highly successful attempt at mocking those daily and nightly rituals of typical college students though. However, it is just that- an attempt. The dull and complacent lyrics become cliché as listeners realize they would rather study then party.
Aside from the lyrics, the funky, soulful, old school hip-hop beat driven by a sample from Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So,” is an instant head bopper, but the lyrics can cause a headache if listened to too closely.
“Time isn’t wasted when you’re getting wasted/ Woke up today and all I could say is/That party last night was awfully crazy I wish we taped it”
Sorry Roth, but after a body’s accepted amount of drinks, college students usually say to themselves, “Ouch! My head is killing me,” as they wake the next morning.
The lazy and monotone delivery by Roth leaves the hip-hop lover stuck in a trance, wondering if Roth recorded this song somewhere between the events occurring on Wet Wednesdays and Thirsty Thursdays.
Roth’s exhibits and develops the persona of the creepy guy on this track as well. He parties. He gets drunk and knows there’s a thin line between hooking up and taking advantage, sometimes.
But don’t let Roth’s exploitation of college life overshadow his rapping skills. With an exceptional mixtape already, The Greenhouse Effect, Roth has notable songs about suburban life and politics, mainly regarding Obama. Roth also, with his upcoming debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, may be able to save his new career, especially since he sounds like Eminem.
But if discounted pizza, cheap beer, the degradation of women, and repeating this process over and over is the paragon of college life, then let’s be thankful for Loyola’s name change to a university.