Johnson in 2012
|Birth name||Jeffrey Lee Johnson, Jr.|
|Also known as||Roscoe Dash 2.0|
|Born||April 2, 1990|
|Origin||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, pop rap|
Jeffery Lee Johnson Jr. (born April 2, 1990), better known by his stage names Roscoe Dash, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his debut single "All the Way Turnt Up", which peaked at number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2010. He is also known for featuring on "No Hands" by Waka Flocka Flame the same year, and "Marvin & Chardonnay" by Big Sean in 2011, both reaching 13 and 32 respectively on the Billboard Charts. Johnson also has numerous accolades as a songwriter, ghostwriting for various names in the industry.
Johnson started rapping at the age of 12, after his older brother introduced him to hip-hop. In high school, he and his brother put together a rap group that consisted of four artists who went by the name of Black Out Boiz aka B.O.B., where his original stage name ATL came from. Though the group had been receiving positive feedback, ATL would eventually leave B.O.B. (Black Out Boiz) & get started in his pursuit of a solo career. He continued recording in his basement and making mixtapes , this hard work led to Jeffrey Johnson meeting a sponsor of a local rap group who called themselves Travis Porter. He attended Mill Creek High School.
Johnson knew he had to create a new identity to start his music career. He Googled names of comic book heroes, and came across the name Roscoe Dash. Johnson says, "I needed something more marketable. I needed something that would catch the ears and eyes of whoever was listening or reading the name Roscoe Dash and make them want to do research on Roscoe Dash." Roscoe Dash released a song "All the Way Turnt Up" featuring Travis Porter and they released it on their mixtape I'm a Differenter 2. Dash was only credited as a featured artist.
According to Porter, this was just a mistake. He then met local entrepreneur LA da Boomman in 2009, who then signed him to his production company, Making Moves Inc. (MMI). Dash then later agreed deals with both Music Line Group, after Boomman introduced Dash to the A&R representative Anthony Tate, and the Interscope Records distributed Zone 4 after Tate and Dash spoke with music producer Polow da Don, the label's founder.
2010–13: Ready Set Go! and J.U.I.C.E.
Shortly after, Dash re-recorded "All the Way Turnt Up" this time featuring fellow Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em. The song turned into a radio hit, and Dash signed with Interscope Records the following year. Dash then started recording his debut album, Ready Set Go!, but it was leaked and shipped before the official release date. The following year Dash was featured on the chart topping single "No Hands" by fellow Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame and Washington D.C. rapper Wale, the song itself went 3× Platinum, and earned all three rappers the "Club Banger of the Year" at the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards and a Nomination in 2011 at the ASCAP Music Awards.
In 2011, Dash released his first EP J.U.I.C.E.. Dash also appeared on Big Sean's hit single "Marvin & Chardonnay"; which the song went on to be certified Gold. In 2012, Dash was featured on the cover of XXL magazine, as part of their annual "Top 10 Freshmen list", along with these fellow rappers; including Iggy Azalea, Danny Brown, Kid Ink, Future, Hopsin, Macklemore, French Montana, Don Trip and Machine Gun Kelly.
2014–present: Series of mixtapes
On August 29, 2014 Dash released his mixtape entitled The Appetizer. In June 2015, Dash released the track called "Catch A Body", which is currently off of his upcoming album Dash Effect 2, under new booking management and is seeking a major comeback after his last few years of silence. In March 2016, Dash released a new mixtape titled "Glitch".
Claims of uncredited songwriting
On September 20, 2012, Dash claimed via Twitter that he was an uncredited songwriter on G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer album and Wale's song "Lotus Flower Bomb" with Miguel. Wale responded "Nighas be wellin on twitter", while Miguel responded in a statement to Complex, saying, "As far as I know, Wale and another artist that I recently met penned the original 'Lotus Flower Bomb' chorus and I came in and added the second half or the end part of the chorus [...] Twitter is definitely not the place to handle business per say. If he wanted to get that rectified, he would have his lawyer contact the proper people."
- Ready Set Go! (2010)
Awards and nominations
BET Hip Hop Awards
|Year||Nominee / work||Award||Result|
|2011-2020||"No Hands"||Best Collaboration||Nominated|
|Best Club Banger||Won|
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- "American single certifications – Waka Flocka Flame – No Hands". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 18, 2012. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.
- "2012 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards: Rap Songs". Ascap.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
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- "2012 Freshman Class – XXL". XXL Mag. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved September 7, 2012.
- "The Appetizer Mixtape by Roscoe Dash 2.0 Hosted by DJ Fly Guy". DatPiff.com. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- "Roscoe Dash - The Appetizer". HotNewHipHop.com. Archived from the original on September 9, 2019. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
- "Roscoe Dash 2.0 – The Appetizer – DJ Fly Guy". LiveMixtapes.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014.
- "Roscoe Dash Blasts Kanye West & Wale's Honor: "I Wrote That For Him Before He Signed To Ross & It Went #1"". SOHH.com. September 20, 2012. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Roscoe Dash Is Mad That He's Not in the "Cruel Summer" Credits". Complex.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Exclusive: Miguel Responds to Roscoe Dash's Claim That He Wrote Wale's "Lotus Flower Bomb" Chorus". Complex.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Roscoe Dash Replies To Miguel On Twitter". Complex.com. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
- "Meek Mill & Miguel Air Out Roscoe, Dash Responds Clowning MMG Rapper's Street Cred". SOHH.com. September 21, 2012. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2013.
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