As far as beer-based mixtape titles go, Asher Roth’s new Pabst And Jazz is 2011’s front-runner. According to Asher, who’s just signed to Def Jam, the music was “created over a beer and kicking it” during a three day period earlier in the year. So with Asher hitting the Brooklyn Bowl on December 21st to celebrate its release, we got him to reminisce over the hipsters’ favorite fizzy water, assert his widely-rumored beer pong skills, and offer expert punditry on who’d win a beer pong showdown between the Throne’s two members.
Can you remember the first time you drank a can of Pabst?
It’s funny ’cause at Jake’s Bar, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, they have $5 six-packs—the tall-boys—and you could either get a tall six-pack of Miller Lite or a tall six-pack of Pabst. Everyone was always going for the Miler Lite so I went for the Pabst. It’s just a great low-key beer, man. It’s nothing that’s super real brewery, like the Stone Brewing craft beers that I drink, it’s just a really good beer for kicking that shit and having a conversation.
How does Pabst rate with the likes of Bud Light and Coors Light?
I can’t drink that shit anymore! That’s really like binge-drinking beer! You can just drink that all day everyday. I moved on to just having maybe two or three beers when I drink, and it’s usually something from Stone Brewing, like I’ve been drinking a lot of their Levitation Ale. But those light beers? I can’t really get down with them unless I’m playing beer pong.
Can you remember the first time you got drunk on beer?
I definitely do! I was at my buddy’s house and I went right for the beer bong. It was just binge drinking. It’s like when you’re a kid you want to get drunk as fast as as possible, so kids gravitate towards liquor and stuff like that. I was just as stupid as the other stupid kids and I went for the beer bong and ended up doing five beers and throwing up all over the place. Now I’m a big supporter of moderation and not shoveling liquor down your throat as fast as possible. Although sometimes when you’re tailgating it’s got to be done.
You mentioned beer pong. Double O from the group Kidz In The Hall mentioned that you and your crew are pretty enthusiastic post-show beer pong players. Is that true?
Double O actually challenged us. I don’t know if Naledge and Double O really want it any more though. They know that I reign supreme. Maybe we’ll have to pick that up. They know the challenge is on the table.
How would you rate your skills at beer pong, then?
Pretty good. I’m rusty now and I’ve been limited to probably a game a month ’cause I have a lot going on, but when I’m on I’m on. I’m pretty Mark Price on it.
Who’s the best beer pong player in your team?
For sure it’s me. But without a doubt beer pong is a team sport—you have to have a good partner. If you don’t have a good partner in beer pong you’re in trouble. One of my favorites to play with is Dave Appleton, who is a buddy of mine who produced a few tracks on Asleep In The Bread Aisle. He’s a good partner. He likes that last cup. He’s like Kyra Sedgwick, he’s a good closer.
Who’s the worst player in your crew?
It’s probably [Brian] Langley, ’cause he’s a celiac so he doesn’t drink beer.
Have you played against any other rappers at beer pong?
I can’t recall off the top. No rapper really wants it! I don’t think any famous rappers want to get crushed at beer pong!
So if Jay-Z were to face-off against Kanye West at beer pong, who do you think would win?
I would hope Jay-Z would win beat Kanye but you never know—Kanye might have that lefty stroke or something. I mean Jay is definitely a righty, first of all. His basketball side is right-handed, he’d been probably be like Tyrone Hill.
What about 50 Cent versus Rick Ross?
Yo, Rick Ross is nice though! He’d definitely win.
Going back to your own mixtape—why should people check it out?
They should check it out ’cause we’re just trying to do some cool shit and not worry about all the restrictions and limitations placed on us by the record labels—it’s like you have to appease them before you appease the fans. I mean, I came in at a very transitory time when it was all shifting over to digital, so I learned a lot during that period. So coming from that time, Pabst And Jazz is really music that was really created over a beer and kicking it. It was mostly created in three days. We got to work without worrying about the monetary things and the numbers and all those things that the labels are about but really have nothing to do with the music. So we’re happy with it, man.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on December 21, 2011