Roth went to college at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and he loved it. His experiences there were inspiration for this song, but there's more to it than you might think. In our interview with Asher Roth
, he explained that he has a beef with the American education system. Said Roth: "People took 'I Love College' as just kind of this superficial dumbed down white kid from the burbs who's just rapping about getting f--ked up. And really, I kind of laugh at all that. I think that it's interesting that when things start to go awry with the economy, the first thing that they start to cut is public schools and art, sports and music. They start to cut those programs. And it's like, Wow, okay, those are the few things that are the escape from all this, you know what I mean? And it's like they have this schooling system that's set up in order just to send you straight to the cubicle and rid you from anything – any freedom, any real freedom. And it's kind of crazy to me.
So, with 'I Love College,' I wrote this record kind of like how it really is. I mean, these are 18-year-old kids, 18, 19 year old kids. When you're that age, when you're 18, 19, 20 years old, you think you know everything, you think you're a grown-up, but you don't. You don't. So you're just going through the motions. And college is the first time you're out of your parents' house, it's the first time you're out and on your own. I think that it's a very important time for you to kind of mess around, and make some mistakes, and step out of your comfort zone. And that's when you start to grow. I learned so much more leaving school, leaving that system of wake up, go to class, and do something – I mean, how many people are even using their major? I don't really get into statistics too much, but I would be surprised if that was over 15% of people. Doctors and lawyers are pretty much the ones that are using their majors that they go to school for. So you're just kind of in school to be in business, or anything like that. I mean, my sister set up a school in Flatbush and started a charter school, and there's only 6 teachers there. She started the school, and she majored in advertising.
So I just think it's really all interesting to me. But that's kind of where I am in my life right now. It's just kind of that question-asking phase."