Asher Roth, 'Pabst and Jazz' (Self-released)

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Pabst and Jazz
Critical Mass
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Label: Self-released

by Phillip Mlynar

"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.

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