Later this month, rising rap stars Asher Roth and B.o.B. are scheduled to perform at Virginia Commonwealth University for their “Back to School Jam”, thrown to welcome the incoming freshman class.
However, some aren’t too happy about the choice of performers, specifically Roth.
Denise Miller, president of the Regional Drug Free Alliance, is questioning the student body’s decision to book Roth, who promotes a hard partying lifestyle of weed smoking and beer pong.
“Having this artist come to the campus normalizes inappropriate, illegal and unhealthy behaviors,” Miller told the Richmond-Times Dispatch.
In Roth’s breakout single, “I Love College”, he spits lines like: “Drink my beer and smoke my weed but my good friends is all I need / Pass out at 3, wake up at 10, go out to eat then do it again / Man, I love college.”
“It also lowers the expectations for the students,” Miller later added.
The $100,000 asking price for the event was “disappointing” to Miller, who believes the actions condoned by Asher Roth are inappropriate. The show is scheduled for August 28th at the Siegel Center.
According to HipHopDX, Monroe Park Student Government Association president Adele McClure said that the programming commission, responsible for choosing the artists, did so by soliciting input from students via various social media networks and surveying.
McClure thought of asking Asher Roth to not perform his hit single, “I Love College,” but thought that it would be detrimental to the show.
“If he was singing any other song, people would be like, ‘Who is this guy?’ ” she said.