Atlanta breeds its fair share of music milestones – chart-topping trap boys, dance innovators, crunk divas, trendsetting teens who finger-snap, “twerk,” and “swag surf” their way into the pop culture mainstream. And then there’s Roscoe Dash, an ATL native son poised to carve a movement of his own. The rapper made major noise in ’09 with the party-starting radio smash “All The Way Turnt Up” featuring Soulja Boy. Now, with the impending release of his debut [Untitled Album], Dash will soon write his own page in history.
Born Jeffrey Johnson, Jr., Dash grew up in Atlanta’s Capitol Homes projects under the watchful eye of his mother and great-grandmother. The baby of the family (he has an older brother, two half-sisters and two step-brothers), Dash was an inquisitive and bright child who learned about Hip-Hop from his older brother Erik.
“My brother used to make beats in the basement,” says Dash. “When he’d leave the house, I’d steal the beats off of his computer and record them on a karaoke machine.”
Dash began writing raps at 12 years old. By high school, he’d taken on the name “ATL” as part of a four-man rap group called the Blackout Boys. In 2006, the group (which included Dash’s brother) released a mixtape, Recognition, which generated significant buzz around Mill Creek High School. The following year, the already popular Dash – a basketball-playing heartthrob – released a solo mixtape entitled My Turn, further boosting his high school profile. However, the aspiring emcee didn’t begin take his music career seriously until he became a father at the age of 16.
Roscoe Dash – Show Out
Roscoe Dash – All The Way Turnt Up ft. Soulja Boy Tell`em