''I Was Too Dependent To A Fault...''
6:00AM ET December 14th, 2012
Contributor : Martin James
A Rocky Williform Company
Asher Roth may have soured on Def Jam Recordings. The rapper has yet to release his long-delayed sophomore album, and in an interview with Bootleg Kev, Roth expressed admiration for independent artists and artists that he feels haven't been forced to compromise who they are after joining major labels.
"All I want to say is, myself, these cats and everybody watching this stuff, I think we've seen the recent success of just kinda doing it yourself, believing in yourself and believing in good people," he said. "With that being said, it's great for me to sit back and see cats like Kids These Days…and Chuck [Inglish] and that sticking to what you really believe in paying off and getting that reinforcement from the fans. Look at Kendrick [Lamar], Macklemore - these are perfect examples of people who stick to what they believe in…and people are showing up now [to support]. That's huge for artists like us…we have a problem with authority and it was bummer when people were trying to control what we do for so long, and now it's just great for a lot of artists and fans."
"To me, when I first came, everything happened so fast, I was too dependent to a fault," he continued. "Being on a major label - unless you're activated and you're like - if you're Rihanna [or] Justin Bieber, you're good, you have all the resources in the world. But otherwise, you're independent.