12 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Once a five-year-old piano prodigy, J. Dash spent his childhood immersed in classical music and his teenage years playing jazz and blues. Now a young adult, he's jumped into the pop-rap world. "WOP," his breakout single featuring Flo Rida, stands for "With Out Prejudice." It's racked up more than 30 million views and has positioned him as an extremely buzzworthy rookie. Tabloid Truth is Dash's debut album and finds the multitalented newcomer doing his thing over 11 radio-ready tracks, nearly all of which could be hit singles. With his nerd-chic look, Kanye-esque flow, relentlessly catchy production, and mostly inoffensive, PG-rated lyricism, there's little doubt that he could be huge. "Transformer" sounds like The Neptunes backing Fabolous, and "Take It Hard" could easily be a Lupe Fiasco outtake. "Dance All Night," "Fresh," and "Questions" are other standouts. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Once a five-year-old piano prodigy, J. Dash spent his childhood immersed in classical music and his teenage years playing jazz and blues. Now a young adult, he's jumped into the pop-rap world. "WOP," his breakout single featuring Flo Rida, stands for "With Out Prejudice." It's racked up more than 30 million views and has positioned him as an extremely buzzworthy rookie. Tabloid Truth is Dash's debut album and finds the multitalented newcomer doing his thing over 11 radio-ready tracks, nearly all of which could be hit singles. With his nerd-chic look, Kanye-esque flow, relentlessly catchy production, and mostly inoffensive, PG-rated lyricism, there's little doubt that he could be huge. "Transformer" sounds like The Neptunes backing Fabolous, and "Take It Hard" could easily be a Lupe Fiasco outtake. "Dance All Night," "Fresh," and "Questions" are other standouts. 

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About J. Dash

At the age of eight, Jacksonville, Florida native J. Dash was capable of playing Mozart compositions on the piano. By age 13, he was in a band. Eventually, he took up producing and rhyming, and released his first two albums, Odyssey of a Corporate Looney Tune and Something Else: Music for the Color Blind, respectively, in 2006 and 2007. A few years later, the second album's "WOP" (as in "without prejudice") -- a club-rap track driven by bright synthesizer sounds -- gained some traction and prompted him to re-tool the song. He released this new version on his third album, Tabloid Truth, in 2012. In 2013, the reach of "WOP" extended -- propelled by a popular official video and many unofficial videos, the single entered Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart a second time and reached the Top 15. It even managed to cross into the mainstream Hot 100. All the while, the University of Florida graduate kept his birth name a secret and remained employed as a computer engineer. ~ Andy Kellman

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