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Atlanta’s own Roscoe Dash is heating up the airways with his singles, “All the Way Turnt Up” featuring Soulja Boy Tell’em and “Show Out”. The twenty year-old newbie is ready to set the world on fire.  As his career heats up his goal is to cater to Hip-Hop lovers around the world.

Born and raised in Atlanta the southern rapper listened to veterans like Pac, Biggie, Outkast, Jay-Z and Lil’ Jon. He planned to craft a unique sound that would unite the northeast, southeast, and west coast’s musical style. His goal for the album he says “I don’t want it to be too down south that the up north people don’t like it or too East coast that the West coast doesn’t like it. You have to make sure it is just right that way everyone enjoys it.”  Fighting against the label “just another southern rapper” Roscoe is determined to crossover. Although the road to success has been bumpy he is definitely on his way up.

Parlé met up with Roscoe Dash at Interscope Records to discuss his career, aspirations, frienemies and much more.

Parlé Magazine: What was your original stage name?
Roscoe Dash: ATL

Parlé: Why did you change it?

Roscoe: I needed something more marketable. I felt ATL was kind of basic and boring. Plus it put me in that box of an Atlanta rapper so 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.

Parlé: How were you discovered?
Roscoe: I was discovered in a club in Atlanta. When I played “All the Way Turnt Up” I got such a huge response that everyone was wondering who it was. I went through a lot of things with the record were nobody knew that it was my record. So I had to get Soulja Boy on the record. Once he got on it, it was leaked on the internet and it was gone from there.

Parlé: The original song featured Travis Porter, correct?
Roscoe: Yes

Parlé: Did you see the video Travis Porter posted on World Star Hip Hop yesterday?
Roscoe: Yes, I saw that right after I left 106 & Park after I debuted my single “Show Out”.

Parlé: What did you think about his comments?
Roscoe: It really didn’t offend me or surprise me at all. I really don’t want to say what I want to say. It’s been going on for a long time so I’m kind of used to it. I’ve been saying for months that I don’t have any controversy with them or what not, but whenever you’re put in a position that they were in and you try to take someone’s song and they take it back from you, take you off and then expose you for the people who you really are—which is stealing people’s music on a regular basis.

Parlé: What is the hottest track on the album?
Roscoe: I would say right now it is “Show Out”, but I have a lot more records that I’m trying to figure out if I want it on the album or not. I don’t want it to be too down south that the up north people don’t like it or to East coast that the West coast doesn’t like it. You have to make sure it is just right that way everyone enjoys it.

Parlé: The album is Ready, Set, Go and it is in stores when?
Roscoe: July 20th

Parlé: Are you excited?
Roscoe: Yes, very because it is my debut. I’m getting a lot of love right now. A lot of people are supporting me. I’m just curious to see how many albums we can sell. If we can get ten million views on World Star, how many albums can we sell.

Parlé: If the CD doesn’t do well, will that affect you?
Roscoe: Naw, nobody selling CDs right now. No hard feelings or love lost, but we’re going to keep pushing them.

Parlé: Who is featured on the album?
Roscoe: So far Jeezy and Chris Brown. I really don’t want to do too much on this album because I feel like this is an introduction to me.

Parlé: Have you ever been star struck?
Roscoe: Yes, when I saw Dr. Dre and Timberland.

Parlé: How did you come into contact with them?
Roscoe: We had an Interscope party out in LA. It was like a little less than a month after I got signed.

Parlé: Who would you like to thank for your success?
Roscoe: God and Travis Porter, thank you, and my daughter, she is my motivation.

Parlé: Are you working on any other areas of entertainment?
Roscoe: I’m actually working on a reality show. Me and my bodyguard with his broke hand. He can’t secure anything right now. Plus my DJ, road manager and a few other people are involved in the project. I really don’t want to limit myself. If you have the opportunity to do it just go for it. You never know if you don’t try.

Parlé: Will it be something like “For the Love of Roscoe Dash”?
Roscoe: No, it is not for the love, it is more like Rob and Big meets Real World.

Parlé: Any final words for your fans?
Roscoe: If you want to know more about me, follow me on Twitter and you can stay up to date on a lot of stuff that I’m doing. I also have another video up on World Star called, “Sexy Girl Anthem”.

 

Images by Donald Lee for Parlé Magazine

 

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