News: Asher Roth Stirs Controversy W/"Nappy Headed H**s" Tweet, "I'm Extremely Apologetic"

Friday, Apr 24, 2009 12:09PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop newcomer Asher Roth has created a stir of negative attention after posting a "nappy headed h*es" joke via his Twitter account.

While attending a Rutgers University event Thursday (April 24) night, Roth made a controversial statement, for which he later apologized.

"At Rutgers stirring up a ruckus," Roth wrote unmodified. "Been a day of rest and relaxation, sorry Twitter - hanging out with some nappy headed h*es...Totally just making fun of Don Imus - Sorry Scoot, not trying to be offensive...I'm extremely apologetic to anyone who took offense to my immature, bad joke." (OnSmash)

Roth's Twitter page, now features a major gap in-between posted times where the comments were apparently deleted.

"At Rutgers stirring a suckus (about 21 hours ago from TwitterBerry). At Rutgers stirring up a ruckus. (about 21 hours ago from TwitterBerry). WILD... (about 8 hours ago from TwitterBerry). (Asher Roth's Twitter)

This statement comes nearly two years after Imus was fired from CBS on April 12, 2007 for making the comments about the Rutgers female basketball team.

CBS announced Thursday that it has fired Don Imus from his radio program, following a week of uproar over the radio host's derogatory comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. "There has been much discussion of the effect language like this has on our young people, particularly young women of color trying to make their way in this society," CBS President and Chief Executive Officer Leslie Moonves said in announcing the decision. (CBS News)

Roth's current situation comes days after his debut album Asleep in the Bread Aisle's release and hip-hop mogul Eminem recently co-signing him.

"Asher Roth, I haven't had a chance to, like, really get into everything, like, really get into what he's about, because I've only heard a couple songs," Em said in the new issue of XXL Magazine. "There was talk about people saying he sounded like me, and he was doing this and that and, you know, trying to take what I do and do it. You know, sh*t like that. I've heard things. But the stuff that I've heard from him honestly, which certainly isn't enough for me to make my own opinion and say, 'Yeah, he does sound like me' or 'No, he doesn't.' But the couple of songs I've head, I don't really think he does. You know what I mean? He's doing his own thing. I can respect it, too, because at the end of the day, I think he's dope." (XXL Magazine)

An official statement from Roth or his Universal has yet to be released.

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