Roscoe Dash an Atlanta native, born Jeffrey Lee Johnson Jr looks back on his years as a jock with a satisfied grin. Once a small forward playing hoops, the 27-year-old Atlanta native threw the basketball to the wayside in the potential prime of his high school years following the birth of his first daughter, put pen to paper and began crafting undeniable hooks that made him a staple in rap circles. His name should sound familiar with big looks on Waka Flocka Flame’s rhythmic banger ‘No Hands’ and Big Sean’s anthemic ‘Marvin & Chardonnay.’ He’s rubbed elbows with the top rhymers in the hip-hop community and earned respect for his pen game but he’s done it all with a “clean-up guy” image that he’s trying to shake. Known for rounding out tracks for other artists in the industry, Dash is now looking for recognition as a sole entity. The talented young MC, who has one album, 2010’s ‘Ready, Set, Go,’ One EP “J.U.I.C.E.” and a slew of features and mixtapes including “2.0” & “DASHEFFECT” in the bag, is back to deliver a new effort that proves he’s more than just the king of catchy choruses but the slam dunk he’s been looking for.
“I was 18 when I first signed a major contract with Interscope and literally from the moment All The Way Turnt Up was released with me in the forefront my life began to move so fast it was hard to soak up the things I needed to become who I am today. I felt like I was and still am before my time, and I’ve always had the same work ethic because I make music because I love to, and for no other purpose than that. Not for the money or to be popular or any of that, I was able to put 34 records on my mixtapes and give away records to my colleagues and associates. I choose to DO what makes me happy and let the rest happen so I’m not worried about a label or my haircut or who I have or don’t have songs with, I just wanna work and be free to maneuver my brand how me and my team see fit. Especially in a day where music as become so watered down and redundant, I wanna bring that innovative sound back to music. Ive been working on my sound as well as my ability to create and mold sounds for other ppl, I’ve even been spending a lot of time producing! I wanna be able to make music in a way that’s never been heard before.
Can he still make an impact as broad & influential as he did before with Mohawks and designs? In a day and age where everyone seems to be using Singy hooks on trapped out drums and pop beats which some say Roscoe fathered? Or in an era where music has become more about the brand than the actual music. He certainly thinks so and is out to show the world what’s left in the bag. “Blvck Mink” is set for August.