When Roscoe Dash heard "All the Way Turnt Up" on hometown Atlanta group Travis Porter's "I'm a Differenter" mixtape last summer, his initial reaction was, "What the hell is going on?"
That's because "All the Way" was a song Dash had created. He bought the Vibe Beats production from Soundclick.com and wrote lyrics for it. But on the mixtape, Dash was credited only as a featured guest.
Video: Roscoe Dash, "All the Way Turnt Up"
The rapper -- born Jeffrey Johnson Jr. -- has since turned a negative into a positive. He was able to reclaim the song and add a Soulja Boy Tell'Em cameo. Now the 20-year-old Dash is signed to MMI/Musicline/Zone 4/Interscope and has a debut album, "Ready Set Go!," slated for June 1.
Aside from "All the Way Turnt Up," which hit No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 18 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the album includes the motivational track "All I Know"; "Pop a Bottle," featuring Young Jeezy; and an as-yet-untitled song with Chris Brown. Second single "Show Out" moves 83-74 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. A video was shot this week and will premiere next month.
Recalling the hijacking of his song, Dash says, "On the way to the club one night, [Travis Porter member] Strap heard the song and said, 'I want to get on that.' I took myself out of the second and third verses and put them on the song. But when they released the song last August under their name and on their mixtape, everyone thought it was their record."
Known then as ATL, Dash approached Travis Porter about the mixup. He was told it was a typo and would be corrected in the next batch of mixtapes. On the brink of signing to the group's Porter House label, Dash decided to seek outside guidance.
In fall 2009, he met party promoter L.A. Da Boomman, who signed him to his MMI (Making Moves Inc.) production company. From there, Dash teamed with Music Line Group, headed by Anthony "TA" Tate. Producer Polow Da Don then signed Dash to his Interscope-distributed Zone 4 label.
Now on the other side of his rocky start, Dash doesn't harbor any ill feelings toward Travis Porter. "I just wanted my recognition," he says. "I had to do what I had to do to make sure I didn't miss my blessing."