News: Asher Roth Opens Up About Pharrell, "We Wound Up Doing 12 Records In 12 Days"
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010 1:00PM
Rapper Asher Roth recently talked about working with The Neptunes' Pharrell Williams for his upcoming sophomore album.
According to Roth, they both knocked out 12 records within two weeks during the winter.
"We linked up in Miami," he explained in an interview. "Very good chemistry as far as creating music. We was down there while it was all snowy in New York. We had a blast. I think we have some really beautiful music for warm weather. He really is a genius. Working with him, it's really fast. We wound up doing 12 records in 12 days, which is really good numbers. It's quick. He gets an idea and he harnesses that idea really quick. It's cool when someone like me gets to step into the studio with him. I feel it's probably different vibes...We wrote 12 different records. We didn't try to write one record 12 times -- we have stuff all over the map, from live drums that are going to incorporate itself well into a live show...I'm excited for you guys to hear that stuff." (MTV)
Roth recently said he was working on a sophomore album with rap veterans like Q-Tip.
"I'm not going to release the title yet, just 'cause you know I want people to take in [my mixtape] Seared Foie Gras With Quince And Cranberry for a couple months before I get them excited about the album. But, you know, working with Pharrell and Chad was a blast. I mean genuinely good, good people who are doing it for the right reasons. I was just out in Chicago working with my friends Twan and Evan, better known as Chuck and Mike of the Cool Kids. The next on the list is my man Q-Tip and go chop it up with him and just go make some dope music." (XXL Magazine)
Last February, the rapper talked about what he wanted fans to get out of his next effort.
"We got a couple joints, couple ideas that I was working with," Roth told television host Clinton Sparks. "But right now we're just getting the ideas and vision correct, we got our ball of clay, but we haven't started carving yet which I think it's super important to get a battle plan and vision together, if you don't have that, I mean, it's always nice to have your plan and let it go where it goes. But to just step blindly into stuff, it's fun but at the same time, that's why we're in Miami messing around, we got some friends down here. We got some friends that you wouldn't expect but we're in Miami with the Neptunes and we're gonna be hanging out with them. I'm not the traditional, 'Let's get a radio hit out of you guys,' it's more for that esoteric sound. This album is going to be about bringing the earth and kinda the spacey ideas together. It's about bridging the gap -- but we're here and that's kinda where we are right now." (Karma Loop)
He previously revealed his aim to drop the solo project on his birthday this summer.
"There's no album title yet," he revealed in an interview. "I talked to everybody I wanted to get on the album. I shared my vision with them...All the producers that are going to be on the album, I've sat down with in their living room before we got into the whole music making thing. That's super important to any artist. It makes the creation process so much easier. The sound is going to give people feelings again...Ideally I'd like to release it on my birthday, which is August 11. That would be great, but I believe that's a Wednesday and they try to stick to Tuesdays. But my first album released on a Monday." (VIBE)
Check out a past Asher Roth interview below: