Hip Hop,  Kids are Listening To,  Video

What the Kids Are Listening To: Asher Roth – “I Love College”

This week is pretty much the perfect storm for the music geek in me. Two new Prince albums on constant rotation (a familiar feeling from the good ol’ days), a Springsteen show on Friday, and Bruce Cockburn in Flagstaff on Saturday night. Yesiree, things are good in the Ickmusic universe this week!

So while I ponder my Ick’s Pick reviews of Lotusflow3r and MPLsound, I’m going to feed you a steaming pile of garbage. Sound good? Good! Blame it on my friend Trevor, who for some reason was hooked on MTV’s Spring Break special over the weekend (dirty old man! psst, did you record it?), and told me about a perfect candidate for this feature – a song called “I Love College”.

Intrigued, I returned to my lair tonight and dialed it up on YouTube. The next 4 minutes (which I will never get back) were spent watching a scrawny white frat-prone lad from Pennsylvania doing his best Eminem impression. With witty and incisive lyrics like: “Time isn’t wasted when you’re getting wasted”.

And you can sing along to the chorus if you choose:

Um, that party last night was awfully crazy I wish we taped it
I danced my ass off and had this one girl completely naked
Drink my drink and smoke my weed but my good friends is all I need
Pass out at 3, wake up at 10, go out to eat then do it again

I can’t rant too hard against young Asher. He’s only appealing to the lowest common denominator, and he has his payday as a result. But I still hate it. I hate it in a LFO “Summer Girls” kind of way.

Trevor, you owe me a drink.

[“I Love College” is currently #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and rising.]


  • Michael

    On the bright side, Weezer gets some extra residuals for the “Say it Ain’t So” sample… I saw this video a few weeks back and thought to myself “Self, this kid is going to be very popular in a few weeks when Spring Break rolls around…”

    It’s not nearly as offensive as that last turd you passed us!

  • Eric

    A really lame song, indeed, and I only made it halfway. I’m torn, though, between just commenting on its crassness, how it’s sad that there is still a culture of kids who think that’s what college is all about, and just admitting that it’s a youthful statement on, well, thinks that youth like to make statements about. It all just gets more confusing; I’m 49 years old, and I’m starting to forget what it was like back then. Ah, well; doesn’t look like anybody got hurt, eh?
    Thanks Pete, as usual, for all your hard work.

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