Asher Roth Feels the Love Backstage at Lollapalooza

August 8, 2009 12:37 PM ET

em>RS kicked back with MC Asher Roth at Lollapalooza, where the MC was totally feeling the fest's chilled-out vibe. "It's not about what you're wearing or who you're dating," he tells us shortly after rocking the Friday crowd. "It's just good people and good music." Watch our full interview above and check out photos from Lollapalooza '09 here.

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