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Asher Roth and regular output hardly belong in the same sentence, but don’t point the finger at him. To coincide with today’s release of The GreenHouse Effect Vol. 2 — the sequel to his 2008 debut mixtape — the Morrisville, PA rapper penned an open letter to his fans chronicling his story from promising XXL Freshman to neglected major label signee.

Roth details his frustrations with being pinned as the “I Love College” guy, finding himself lost in the major label shuffle and wanting to be respected as an MC, before ultimately drawing inspiration from the indie scene (cue impressive free projects like Rawth EP and Pabst & Jazz). He also announces his departure from Universal Music Group.

Hosted by DJ Drama and Don Cannon, The GreenHouse Effect Vol. 2 is a “celebration of getting back to doing your thing” for Ash. The 23-track project is a collection of freestyles and original tracks which hear the Blonde Bob Saget not only enjoying his craft, but rediscovering his lyrical step. Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and more guest.

I’ve decided to stray from the path UMG has laid for me and continue on the scenic route. I prefer to relay my music directly to my fans. Show them what it is I see. Share with them what it is I think. I enjoy letting you hear free-flowing ideas recorded in basements and broom closets. Who cares that they will probably never be heard on the radio? I want to be proactive and not reactive and I would rather nothing get in the way of the relationship I have with my family, friends, fans and my music.

Read Asher Roth’s full letter on XXL.

Stream and download The GreenHouse Effect Vol. 2 after the jump…

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