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Roscoe Dash Doesn't 'Hold a Grudge' Against Meek Mill; Preps Three-Part 'Dash Effect 2' Album

Roscoe Dash has been doing pretty well over the past month, working on his upcoming effort, Dash Effect 2 -- that is, outside of getting himself involved in the Drake vs. Meek Mill melee that transpired on Twitter last week. As Meek Mill ranted on Twitter, Dash took to the social media platform himself to express his sincere thoughts on Mill's claims of Drake ghostwriting, and speak on a collaboration with Mill that could've been.

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"Me and Meek are very similar, I think," he tells Billboard. "I can just remember a point when a lot of things I could or would say would get me in trouble. So when I saw the situation with Drake, I saw me a few years ago and I thought it was funny because we'd just had a conversation a few weeks prior to that, when I was trying to get him on the Dash Effect 2 project," he says. 

"I thought the collaboration would be dope for a lot of people," he added. "Especially with the past history that we had dealing with each other, so I spoke on it and realized that he and I are a lot more relatable than he's probably willing to admit right now. Meek is going through a time right now where speaking on certain things is gonna get him penalized in certain situations and at the end of the day, nobody can say anything to a grown man about his opinion. I just feel like he could've had somebody in his corner that's already been through what he's going through right now. I don't hold a grudge against him for not accepting my inquiry."

Roscoe knows the difference between ghostwriting and collaborating all too well, and he's never been afraid to state his opinion. In 2009, Dash hit the web to give light to the situation behind his first hit, "All the Way Turnt Up," which many believed to be Travis Porter's song.

"I recorded the song,” he said. "'All The Way Turnt Up,' that's me, that's me by myself. I really feel like people only listen to the hook, they only listen to the catchy part of the song. Imma keep it funky with y'all, people only listen to the hook of the song. That's what stick in n----'s heads. Who's on the hook? Who's song is it?"

In 2012, he contributed to Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music's Cruel Summer and was sure to take to Twitter, explaining that although his ad-libs were added to the opening track "To the World," his writing credits were not.

Dash tweeted the same about Wale's 2012 hit, "Lotus Flower Bomb," featuring Miguel: "Same s--t with @Wale lotus flower bomb. I wrote that for him b4 he even signed to Ross & it went #1...but nobody would kno that cuz I'm not in the credits.”

He and Meek Mill had been needling each other for some time; it was back in September of 2012 when the Philly MC came to Wale's defense via Twitter. "Yo @RoscoeDash u must not b getting no money b! LOL.”

But two years later, when Meek was having his own issues with Wale not helping to promote his Dreams Worth More Than Money LP, he had his own Twitter rant to which Dash replied, 'Yooo @meekmill u must not b getting no money b!! LOL.'

As of late though, the Atlanta rapper has bigger ideas to execute and a new record deal on the table since splitting with Interscope Records in 2014 according to a recent interview with VladTV. "I had to go back to the drawing board and throw some ideas around," Dash told Billboard. "[I had to] figure out how to make things cohesive and beneficial for all parties.

"Now I'm about three to four weeks in as a completely independent artist, not having that ball and chain, to an effect. It's time to show the world what I've been doing for however long and just reach back with the music that I want to be able to make."

Dash premiered his latest track, "Catch a Body," on Firme Radio in June. The reception has been encouraging, says Dash. He had begun tweeting about the track and upcoming project long before his Twitter rant against Meek; the rapper is insistent that it wasn't a ploy for publicity. "For me, Twitter is entertainment," he explained. "It's just about you tweeting your thoughts. I remember when Twitter first started, [the call to action] was 'tweet your action,' so there's that intellectual property that everyone has their own right to."

Dash is planning to release DE2 in three installments, 8-10 song each. The first installment will come the second week of August, the second on the second week of September, and the third on the first week of November.

While the timing of the release coincidentally coincides with the launch of his Dreamers Republic imprint ("a couple of artists and producers, just a team of people who understand what's supposed to be done and go ahead and do it -- we're not afraid to get our hands dirty..."), the rapper insists that his creative process these days is breezy.

"What I had to do was drop some releases to satisfy the fans in the meantime, but at the time I had some things that I couldn't really speak on," he says.

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"I had some music that I wanted to put out," he adds. "Some that I wanted to be able to make and as far as what the label or the company or whoever else wanted me to make at that particular time I just had to go get my stuff straight."

The "stuff" Dash is referring to is the amicable separation between himself and Interscope Records. "I was in the deal since the end of 2010, Maybe 2009... I may be mistaken, but it took me years to get out of that situation." Dash reveals that a lot of the time at Interscope he was the brain behind his own operation, even though he was working on a mainstream level. "I had very little help back then," he recalls. "Much of it was me, trying to hold it together..."

At a certain point in his career at Interscope, Dash had several companies acting as the go-between him and the label; it wasn't simple to navigate. "It's had its hostile moments," Dash admits. "They were the first to want to part ways but it was a mutual decision."

"It was like, 'Whenever you get things squared away, it would be a beneficial situation for everyone and we would be happy to have you...' I was really surprised actually," he says. "Most of the time, Interscope would freak out and be like, 'oh, such and such... Whatever,' when severing ties but I appreciated that it was a really nice experience with them and they took the time out to tell me that personally."