Asher Roth hit the hip-hop scene with a slew of mixtapes, which culminated with his cheeky 2009 debut LP Asleep in the Bread Aisle. His breakout single “I Love College,” an ode to the copious amounts of boozing and debauchery that comes with the pursuit of higher education, cemented his status as an inventive, fun-loving rap star. So it makes sense that he rocked a hip-hop career, because when Roth was 17, it was all about the music.
“In high school, I ended up finding my home with kids who had one common interest, and that’s hip-hop music,” Roth says on the latest episode of “When I Was 17,” which premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. The episode also features teenage tales from former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson , who reminisces about putting the moves on her high school soccer coach, and Ozzy offspring Kelly Osbourne, who despite having spent many of her formative years on the MTV reality show “The Osbournes,” dishes about other memorable moments as a teen.
Roth and his circle recall their shared love of hip-hop. “We’d be carrying boom boxes around in our book bags like we were straight out of the ’80s,” says Roth’s homie Brian. “We started meeting regularly around school.”
Roth reveals that in addition to a penchant for retro b-boy style, his crew went by an intimidating moniker: “We were called ’Suburban Threat,’ ” Roth says.
Even Roth’s mom can vouch for the crew’s intimidation factor. “They were boys from the suburbs, not boys from the ’hood,” Roth’s mother says, before adding with a laugh, “And that could be threatening.”
“When I Was 17″ — this week featuring Kendra Wilkinson, Asher Roth and Kelly Osbourne — premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. on MTV.