Asher Roth, ‘Pabst and Jazz’ (Self-released)
“First of all, don’t ever say a fuckin’ thing about the homie / Call a favor in and leave your dyke mother very lonely.” That threat comes courtesy of Action Bronson, an uncompromising New York City rapper who appears on “Choices” — and helps signal the possible rehabilitation of preppy-styled white rapper Asher Roth. While Roth’s 2009 major-label debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle, was torpedoed by overriding tweeness (songs about larking around on go-karts!), this mixtape project is parsed in darker tones, with Blended Beats’ dusty loops and deep bass lines. Far from suburban, Pabst & Jazz pitches for the underground.