Asher Roth wants his sophomore album to stand on its own. During an interview with Karmaloop TV, the Def Jam rapper said that he scrapped the title of his second LP, Is This Too Orange?, claiming that he wants to avoid comparisons to label mate Frank Ocean’s major label debut Channel Orange.
“Yeah, it’s tough. Obviously, the initial title of the album was Is This Too Orange? and out of respect for Frank [Ocean], and the project that he put together, he kind of beat me to the punch. So whatever, whatever,” he said. “I just want to make sure that we have an original idea. I don’t want any connotation or any comparisons or anything like that, simply off of a name. We might have to start fresh from a namesake, might have the fans name it. We’ll see what’s up.”
As for the delay surrounding the record, the “I Love College” rapper said that he’s dealing with the politics of the music industry but that he’s trying to preserve the quality of the music without compromising his artistry.
“We have a new album coming out, and obviously with the music business and the industry being the way that it is, the shape that it is, we’re kind of dealing with those strings. So we’re just trying to navigate those seas and point the ship in the right direction without compromising the character or compromising the art. So we’re just having fun and making sure we’re doing it right.”