7/17: Asher Roth at HOB

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In the spectrum of white rappers, Asher Roth falls somewhere between 3rd Bass and Vanilla Ice. Like the old-school Queens group, Roth is capable of weaving in and out of twisty rhymes; like the “Ice Ice Baby” hitmaker, Roth’s gonna be remembered for one song. But the white rapper Roth resembles most is Eminem, whose influence he acknowledges on “As I Em,” a highlight from his debut album, Asleep in the Bread Aisle. The 23-year-old Roth made a buzz earlier this year with “I Love College,” the sort of novelty song that busts out all over the place a couple of times each year. And for a few weeks, you couldn’t escape the pasty-white kid-on-campus rapping about getting drunk and dodging responsibility. But there’s not much substance to Asleep in the Bread Aisle — Roth pretty much sticks to what he knows: getting high, driving go-karts in his Pennsylvania suburb, getting high … That drama-free lifestyle makes for a pretty lifeless listen. Maybe he should pick a fight with his mom. Roth plays House of Blues (308 Euclid Ave., 216.523.2583) as part of the Great Hangover Tour with Kid Cudi at 9 p.m. Sold out. — Michael Gallucci

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