"I Love College" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Partying 101 rap is dumb but not depraved.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

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Positive Messages

Describes the kind of moderately intense partying that most college kids experiment with: "That party last night was awfully crazy / Pass out at 3 wake up at 10 / Go out to eat then do it again."


Talks about getting a girl "completely naked" but also encourages sexual responsibility: "Don't have sex if she's too gone / When it comes to condoms put two on."


One f-bomb: "Let's get f--ked up."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to beer and marijuana -- "drink my beer and smoke my weed" -- but nothing harder.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this song includes a few eyebrow-raisers, the party circumstances it describes are far from the drug-, violence-, and sex-filled scenes in other rapper's songs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13-year-old Written byohya August 13, 2010
Kid, 11 years old November 13, 2011

the most inappropriate college song created

Morbidly inappropriate college song objectified sexually over women. Too obscene for tweens, teens, or even some adults! Definitely not likely to enjoy in both... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMiranda B. January 17, 2011

Asher expresses his love for college parties through original but sometimes droning lyrics.

This is probably the only good song Asher Roth will ever have but at least he made a name for himself. I remember how my mom thought this song was disgusting, i... Continue reading

What's the story?

I LOVE COLLEGE is the huge hit from suburban-college-kid-turned-rapper Asher Roth. The song has become the unofficial anthem of college students everywhere, since it gives a blow-by-blow account of what the vast majority of these students do on weekends (and even a few weekdays): party and make out into the wee morning hours, sleep through half of the next day, then do it all over again the following night. The tune also appears in the track list of Roth's soon-to-be-released debut CD, Asleep in the Bread Aisle.

Is it any good?

Much as the few candid references to beer, pot, and nakedness may make parents cringe, the song's lyrics and themes are fairly mild compared to a lot of today's hardcore rap. As an artist, Roth's vocal tone is reminiscent of Eminem's, though he lacks Slim Shady's gifted timing and delivery. The accompanying music has an easy-going, reggae-like quality that undoubtedly adds to the song's appeal among the fun-loving college crowd.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how college-age teens can achieve a good balance between academics and fun. How can college students respond to situations in which they know they need to study but are pressured to party by their friends? Can students set certain ground rules for themselves that will help them stay on track?

Music details

  • Artist: Asher Roth
  • Release date: January 13, 2009
  • Label: Universal Motown
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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