Philadelphia native Asher Roth took over the Troubadour in West Hollywood last night to celebrate the release of his second EP, RetroHash. The packed house was a mostly young crowd that consisted of 20-somethings that have, no doubt, been following Roth since his 2009 smash hit, “I Love College.” This show was the finale of his small five-city tour leading up to the record release show in Los Angeles. He was high energy and charismatic for the excited crowd. Besides jumping into the crowd at least twice, he also encouraged a fan that he brought on-stage to exit via crowd-surfing.
Hands and the scent of weed were both ubiquitous in the air as everyone in attendance seemed to enjoy the sonic sound of the new album. Crowd participation was high as Roth got everyone to sing along to songs such as “La Di Da.” He also brought out a few special guests, including Major Myjah, with whom he performed the song “Last of the Flohicans” from RetroHash. In addition to the guest stars, Roth was backed by his DJ, DJ Wreckineyez, and live instruments. He had a drummer, keyboardist and guitar player. Wreckineyez also dazzled the crowd with a short B-boy dance routine. Overall, it was a great experience for anyone who enjoys Asher Roth’s brand of hip hop and a great intro to new listeners.