I got this album the other day and haven't listened to anything else since. I first heard `I love college' on Jo Whiley's show and like many others questioned whether this was Eminem's latest offering. But as the track progressed it came obvious this was not Eminem's work. Yes they have a very similar voice and both producing in the same genre, but for me these artists aren't as similar as first impressions would seem. I guess this issue has been heavily addressed through his early career, which has led to one of my favorite tracks `As I Em'. Instead of hiding the links between him and Eminem he decides to address the issue in superior style through this track! This is one of many outstanding tracks through this album, I can hear definite influence from Jay Z and can hear aspects of Lupe Fiasco in his work. Asher can certainly write some amazing lyrics and he can definitely `spit'.
The album has some great tracks throughout, very strong opening and it has a nice progression through the record. I was slightly disappointed with the ending. After giving it a few listens I just can't get into Y.O.U the last track. It was such a let down compared to the rest of the album, I didn't enjoy the sample and his lyrics sound a little flat. Luckily the rest of the album is amazing and doesn't pull it down too much!
The production is brilliant, some awesome beats; the vocals sound spot on, with some great over dubs and vocal doubles, featuring some exciting artists and great vocalists. I love the instrumentation on this album; a lot of the tracks have a very acoustic feel to them, he uses guitar a lot in the album, you can also hear piano on a few of the tracks and the bass feels very natural.
If you like hip-hop I'd recommend checking out this album, I also think this would be a great album for some who is just getting into hip-hop. Check it out!