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Colorblind hip-hop

Rhymes about Teddy Ruxpin dolls, sitcom dad Bob Saget and egging houses? That’s the suburban milieu that inspires Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Asher Roth, who plays the Tabernacle Aug. 2. Roth has taken some heat from critics for co-opting a predominantly African-American artform, but AJC freelance writer David Peisner defends the artist in an article appearing in the Living & Arts section this coming Sunday.

Says Peisner: “What do Roth’s tales of suburbia tell us? That despite the manicured lawns and better-performing schools, the totems exalted by suburban layabouts — namely, sex, drugs, video games and Barack Obama — aren’t much different from those of their urban counterparts. While this fact can be gratifying proof of the universality of youth, it’s also an indicator of hip-hop’s reach into the suburbs. According to various studies, somewhere between 60 percent and 80 percent of people who buy hip-hop albums are white, and that has been the case since at least the mid-’90s. Despite the general perception, hip-hop culture is not black culture anymore, it’s popular culture.”

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count_schemula

July 28th, 2009
11:45 pm

Rap has been in suburbia since the 80’s. How is this even news? Asher Roth brings nothing other than this summer’s pop song. Nothing more.

marcus

July 29th, 2009
2:57 am

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marcus

July 29th, 2009
2:58 am

Dude above me should do his research. Roth has the best mixtape I have ever heard with another atlanta guy DJ Don Cannon and his album was #1 in the country on ITUNES and is incredilble. He is changing the game

count_schemula

July 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

Get back to me in 18 months, ok?

count_schemula

July 29th, 2009
4:37 pm

Why is the article called Colorblind, but then it only talks about color? The AJC is a national treasure.