MY FAVORITE SONG: March 29th, 2014
ASHER ROTH - “IN THE KITCHEN” (PABST & JAZZ)
I. ABSOLUTELY. LOVE. THIS. SONG.
And that is NOT an understatement. I can probably go on for hours describing everything I like about the song.
I was already a huge fan of Asher Roth before this came out, but when Illroots.com dropped this track, my mind was blown. I mean not only is this Chuck Inglish beat in my opinion his best, but Asher Roth has the nastiest yet still unassumingly simple flow ever.
This song is straight rap. No concept, no gimmicks, just lyrics. It’s probably one of the best examples of how mean Asher Roth is when he’s spitting, aside from “Summertime.” When I needed inspiration to write some of my more lyrical flows (especially I’m Only Nineteen’s second verse), I would go directly to this song and study Asher’s verses.
I can’t tell you how many times I tried making similar beats to this. None of them ever ended up being used, but I took a few cues from Chuck’s production on this and used them for beats in the past. One of the biggest things I learn from “In The Kitchen” was the kick and sub bass hit combination Chuck uses. It’s a very high end kick, with a low end sub that fills in whats missing in the bottom half of the kick. I used that technique a lot when I started making trap inspired beats.
I took a lot of things away from this video. Such as when the shot plays, then it reverses and that same shot plays backwards; I used that in “Whirlwind" quite a few times (I also listed Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish as my biggest inspirations in the description of the music video). I planned on using a lot of sideways panning shots for my song "Super Soakers," but that video is never coming out.
I had been listening to Kanye West, Justice and A Tribe Called Quest for about four years consistently by the time this song came out. But it very quickly became one of my most listened to songs, clocking in 337 plays at the time of this writing, sitting at 6th place only behind Kanye, Tribe and Justice songs.
This song was my go-to song for pulling into the Southwestern College parking lot every morning. It was also my go-to song for leaving the parking lot every afternoon. I installed a subwoofer not too long before this song came out, so I was playing loud music every time I got in the car. I don’t think I’ve ever skipped this song when it came on. I’m always in the mood to listen to “In The Kitchen.”
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve posted this song on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. Any chance I get, I would play it, whether it be just sitting around at someone’s house, or at a party.
This song is amazing in my eyes.
It saddens me whenever Asher Roth is brought up and all someone can think of is “I Love College” (which is one of my favorite songs by him btw). I’d say 80% of people don’t know how nasty Asher is on the mic. I knew it when I heard Greenhouse Effect Vol. 1, and I still maintain that idea with Retro Hash coming out soon.
Pabst & Jazz is also one of my top mixtapes from 2011. I think just about every song has inspired me in some way. I mean, the title track, “Choices,” “Common Knowledge;” there are too many dope songs. This mixtape is also the first time I heard Action Bronson, A$AP Twelvy, Rockie Fresh and Hassani Kwess.
My biggest goal as a musician is to work with Asher Roth. I don’t even want to be a legend in the game. I just wanted to make a sustainable living off music and have the chance to work with one of the biggest inspirations I’ve ever had, musically.
Here’s a kid from the suburbs, who was judged solely on his ability to rap, and not his street credentials. I mean, Don Cannon and DJ Drama of all people broke him into the rap game. It gives me a little bit of hope, reminding me that if I work hard on improving my lyricism, maybe I can actually get somewhere.
I say that I’d be incredibly satisfied if I got to “Asher Roth Level” in the music business, and that’s all I really want. He’s taken such a level-headed approach to music and that’s how I want to do it too.
Here’s to hoping that one day, maybe I can work with Asher Paul Roth.