Roscoe Dash Talks About The Lack Of Originality In ATL Music And 'Dash Effect' [Pg. 2]

Can fans expect songs like "Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay" on Dash Effect, or are you going to change it up and  experiment with saying different things in songs?
I think me with the party records is like riding a bike. Like, I’m never gonna forget how to do it. I don’t think that’s ever gonna go away. I‘m always gonna be able to put those out, and they do good. So what I’m tryna do now is really show people that I can rap. I’m tryna get my lyrics out there a little bit and step it up. A lot of times, especially when you’re dealing with Atlanta music, we’re real good for catchy hooks and stuff that’s gonna make you move and dance and keep your energy up, but the lyrics may not always be there. The same for up north people; it’s the other way around. The lyrics may be there, but they don’t really have good hooks that are catchy and will stick in your head. I’m tryna do the best of both worlds, I’m tryna expand. I been spending a lot of time up north and a lot of time at home. I’m just tryna be that medium, that center point, and show everybody that I can do it.

You’re trying to bridge both worlds together--having great lyricism and a great hook. Are you happy with where Atlanta music is right now? Do you think they're doing that at all?
I ain’t gonna lie, sometimes I just turn the radio off; I do that all the time. I just buy a whole bunch of CDs, go buy everybody’s CDs and just play it in my iTunes or in my car. I really can’t stand to listen to the radio outside of the radio personnel just because everybody’s sounding the same. I think there’s a lot of people in Atlanta that try to sound like me. This my first time saying this to anybody, but it’s a lot of people that’s tryna sound like me. It doesn’t make me mad or anything, I really should be flattered by it, but at the same time it’s just like I feel like there’s a big lack in originality going on right now, especially with Atlanta music. I’m just ready to see something change. Bring me somebody new that’s gonna do something completely different then what’s been out in the past 10 years.

Aww that’s good. I like that! Cool. So, when's that sophomore album coming?
I haven’t picked a date, but I’m not sure yet. I’m sure that before the end of the year is up we’ll have a date, but right now I’m just tryna get this Dash Effect ready. This is gonna be my median to buy me a little bit more time on the album situation.

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