Roscoe Dash Says He's Not A Lyft Driver, But A Family Member Is

But who? 

As capitalism continues to tighten its grip on America, the idea of middle class has decimated, only leaving room for the wealthy and those of struggle life (points to self). Alternative employment in the United States has skyrocketed over the past few years with 40 percent reporting "contingent" gigs in 2015. This means contracted, temp and self-employed individuals are making moves to not only take care of themselves but their families.

So it wasn't too surprising to see a screenshot of what appeared to be Jeffery Lee Johnson Jr., widely known as Roscoe Dash, as a Lyft driver to a customer in Atlanta this week.

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What's more surprising are those who mocked the artist for reportedly taking up a new job. Endless Lyft requests have filled the comment section of his Instagram with other digs. Regardless of the jets and jewelry flaunted by those in the game, making money in the music industry is rather difficult, especially when you're stereotyped as a southern-turn-up rapper. In a statement to VIBE, Dash says that's not quite the case. The rapper explains that family and friends have borrowed his Tahoe for work with Lyft.

"Now, I want to make sure I say there is NOTHING wrong with being an Uber or Lyft driver. Although this was not me who was actually driving, I HAVE A FAMILY," he wrote via email. "I have two daughters to provide for and a whole other collection of people relying on me to support them. For somebody to tell me that others trying to do the same thing are wrong to do so is simply just not okay. "

Although he has no written affiliation with Lyft, Dash plans to utilize its services to share his new music with unsuspecting passengers. He even offered another ride to the customer who thought he was an actual driver." My team and I want to offer him a ride to make up for the cancelled ride of which I think he wanted to happen very badly," he said. "I still won’t be driving (sorry Twitter haters, the allegation is simply untrue), but I WILL be in the car. I will also sit in on random rides provided by Lyft playing songs off of my upcoming album and meeting with fans throughout the course of this weekend. It’s important to take the high road, no matter the situation. Rather than choosing negativity, I CHOOSE MUSIC!"

The 27-year-old shot to fame in the late 2000's with the jams "All the Way Turnt Up," "Sexy Girl Anthem," "Show Out" as well as his collaborative work with Waka Flocka and Big Sean. His solo work helped create the "turn up" era of the already heavy southern imprint on hip-hop culture.

In the midst of his come up, Dash found himself battling for proper credentials on some of his collaborative work. In 2012, he accused Wale of not giving him writing credit on the Grammy-nominated single, "Lotus Flower Bomb" with Miguel. He also claimed he wasn't properly credited on Kanye West's G.O.O.D Music compilation, Cruel Summer.

He also was left defending his first single "All The Way Turned Up," which many believed was a track by Travis Porter. Speaking to Billboard in 2015 about his project Dash Effect 2, the artist spoke highly of his new independence and leaving his beefs behind. "Now I'm about three to four weeks in as a completely independent artist, not having that ball and chain, to an effect," he said. "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."

It isn't known what happened to his plans for DE2, but the artist released the lengthy project Glitch in 2016 with features from Waka Flocka, Big Sean, and Juvenile. He's also continued to promote his music on social media.

While Dash isn't connected to the company, other acts have be honest about their former position with the company. Speaking to VIBE in 2016, Sir The Baptist shared how his time as a Lyft driver helped him meet future collaborators. "I was an upcoming artist and would drive 12 hours each day," he said. "I had a mobile recording studio under my seat and would put all of the money back into studio time, advertising and advancing my career. I was also using Lyft as a tool, not just to get money, but to build relationships with my community in Chicago. I would take the stories from my Lyft rides and use them in my songwriting and inspiration. I would estimate that nearly 50-60 percent of my team is comprised of people I met while driving and using Lyft."

Although Dash has no plans to go behind the wheel as a Lyft driver, this situation has allowed him to use the shared-ride service to advance re-navigate his career.

READ Sir The Baptist Reflects On Past Career As A Lyft Driver On “Driver Appreciation Day”

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Grammy-Winning Producer DJ Official Killed During Double Shooting In Los Angeles

Family and friends, including DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla Sign, are mourning the loss of André Wakefield, a.k.a “DJ Official.”  The Grammy award-winning producer and father to a newborn son, was killed in a double drive-by shooting in South Los Angeles Friday (June 14).

He was 26.

Wakefield and his friend were shot while sitting outside of his home. The gunfire startled his grandfather who was mowing the lawn at the time. The killer fled the scene in a black SUV.

“All he did was go to work and come home,” Wakefield’s grandfather told NBC Los Angeles of his grandson. “He didn’t belong to [a] gang or nothing like that.”

According to a cousin, Wakefield was at the studio with Nipsey Hussle two days before the 31-year-old rapper was killed. One of his final Instagram posts was a dedication to Hussle.

DJ Mustard took to Instagram with a dedication to Wakefield who belonged to his 10 Summers imprint. “I’m beyond hurt. I’m devastated. I’m sick to my stomach,” he wrote. “I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial .... I got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go.”

 

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I’m beyond hurt I’m devastated I’m sick to my stomach I love you lil bro forever @prodbyofficial .... i got your son 4 life this ain’t how it was suppose to go 😥 a real 10SUMMER MEMBER !

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Ty Dolla $ign also shared an emotional Instagram post writing, “How the f**k they gon' take @prodbyofficial ? Who the f**k was mad at my bro? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us. U n**gas is some real life jealous a** b**ches out here. We had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes. LONG LIVE OFFICIAL.”

 

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How the fuck they gon take @prodbyofficial ? Who the fuck was mad at my bro ? A father, a successful producer, a solid homie who meant a lot to all of us . U niggas is some real life jealous ass bitches out here. we had so much fun on this tour and every time I ran into u it was love and good vibes . LONG LIVE OFFICIAL ❤️🤲🏾

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Wakefield won a Grammy earlier this year and produced for the likes of Cardi B, YG, Rich The Kid, City Girls, Chris Brown and more. He recently produced three tracks on Tyga’s Legacy album.

Police are still investigating the shooting.

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J. Cole Says He’s “Working On” Getting ‘The Warm Up’ And ‘Friday Night Lights’ On Streaming Services

On June 15, 2009, J. Cole released his second mixtape, The Warm Up, which helped to catalyze his rise in the hip-hop genre.

“10 years ago The Warm Up dropped,” he began. “Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey. My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. Workin on it. Decade later and I’m still dreaming and tryna get better. God Bless.”

Spanning 22 tracks, The Warm Up boasts melodies like “Lights Please,” “Losing My Balance,” “The Badness” with Dreamville cohort Omen, and “Grown Simba.” With "Lights Please," Cole credited that melody with landing him a Roc Nation contract. "The best part about it is, when he’s feeling something, when there’s a line that he likes, he gives you that, 'Wooooooo!’ and he’ll let you know that he’s feeling it," he said in a 2009 interview with Complex. "It’s a three-hour meeting and we only played five songs, so the rest of the time, we’re talking and building, you know, talking about Obama and sh*t. Then three weeks later I got the confirmation text that said he wanted to do the deal. And we just went from there."

In May 2019, Cole celebrated another milestone when his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, went triple platinum. The feat also publicized the fact that every album Cole has released (five albums thus far) turned platinum.

10 years ago The Warm Up dropped. Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey.

My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. workin on it.

Decade later and I’m still dreamin and tryna get better. God Bless

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 15, 2019

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Diddy Sends Well Wishes To Cassie On Pregnancy Announcement

Earlier this week (June 13), Cassie announced that she’s expecting her first child. “Can’t wait to meet out baby girl,” the “Me And You” singer captioned a photo of her and her boyfriend Alex Fine. “Love you always & forever.”

Following the announcement, Diddy, who was in a relationship with Cassie for a reported 10 years, posted his well wishes on Instagram. “Congratulations @Cassie and Alex,” Diddy wrote. “I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless. LOVE.”

The pair separated earlier this year after an on-and-off relationship. Once they went their separate ways, Cassie and fitness professional Fine began dating.

 

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Congratulations @Cassie and Alex. I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless ❤️❤️❤️ L O V E

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Can’t wait to meet our baby girl 💗 Love You Always & Forever 📸: @mikemillerphoto

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