Who knew that Miley Cyrus would be the person to bring twerkin’ to the mainstream. And yet, here we are.
Last week, Miley Cyrus released a video of herself twerkin’ with a unicorn outfit on. What makes the video especially interesting is that Miley Cyrus was dancing to “Wop,” a song by independent artistJ. Dash.
It’s a big look for the boy J. Dash. “Wop” was already a big record, but it’s now going to another level after Miley showed off what kind of moves she was working with.
J. Dash kicked it with GlobalGrind, where we talked about Miley Cyrus’ twerkin,’ his musical background and what he has coming up next.
GlobalGrind: Is it true that “Wop” is back in the Billboard Hot 100?
J.Dash: Oh, yeah.
I’m not sure yet. I just had my interview with Billboard today and they told me I had made it back in the top 100, so I don’t know what number it is yet. Fresh news!
You don’t have to say dollar amount, but is there a big check coming your way?
I would hope so. Honestly, when something like that happens you can’t really plan it. You can’t plan for something that big to happen that quick. And so you really try to sit back and analyze the fallout from it, not just the occurrence that happened. But everything that happens around that.
Obviously you’ve seen the Miley Cyrus video, right?
Yes, sir. Miley hit me up that night.
Wait, so you and her have a relationship?
She hit me a while ago, like months and months and months ago telling me she was a fan of the record. And so, you know, we follow each other on Twitter. We DM each other every now and then, and I had no idea that she was going to post the video. And I was actually sick in bed at the time when she posted it. My phone starts going off like crazy from people hitting me up: “Have you seen it? Have you seen it?” And I didn’t know what they were talking about; I was about to turn my phone off. And then she messaged me, she was like ‘Did you check my Facebook page?’ I was like ‘Nah, I didn’t check it yet.” And I went and checked it and I saw the video and I was like ‘This is crazy.’ I was like ‘Do you realize what’s about to happen?’ She was like ‘Yeah, you dig it?’ I was like ‘I love it.’ We joked after that; we said we’re going to get matching unicorn tattoos.
Have you actually ever met her?
Not in person. We tried to meet last time in L.A. I was shooting a video in L.A., and she was actually supposed to come to the set, but she had some family stuff that was going on, and she wasn’t able to make it to the shoot. But next time I go back there, which should be in the next few weeks, we’re going to try to meet up.
What did you think of her dancing?
You know, she has successfully made twerking mainstream. And I say for that, she deserves a salute.
What has happened to you since the video dropped?
I’ve gotten a lot of Twitter followers recently. A lot of people hitting me on Facebook and Instagram and you get a lot of love on the social networks. The biggest change for me is that people are discovering other things from me now. And that’s something, as an independent artist, I struggled with for a while. Because you have a product that people know you for and we joke that “Wop” is the biggest record that nobody knows. Because “Wop” went gold before Miley Cyrus made that video, so like she made that song as mainstream as it can get. But it’s an unbelievable successfully song to be independent. And so, as an independent artist, you don’t want to be known as a one hit wonder, you want to make sure people realize this is what else I got. And me being a musician from childhood, I’m like, yeah, I did this thing but I really want you to check out all of these other things. That’s probably the biggest effect, other people are checking for me. People are discovering that I’ve been playing the piano for a long time, and I do music production as well, for movies and TV — stuff like that. People are realizing this dude might actually be a problem.
Explain your musical background a little bit.
I started playing piano when I was five. I played by ear. I took lessons for a minute, it was like classical stuff. I play by ear real strong. I can hear something one time and play it back. But the classical music got boring to me, because it was so structured. Then I got into blues and jazz music when I was 11, 12 years old. I was in Memphis on Beale Street as a 12 year old, in clubs, playing with the BB Kings and the Eric Claptons. I got to meet these people when I was that young. And those are the people I looked up to. So my musical background is very different than a lot of these dudes out here, man.
So what is it about rap that made you say, this is where I wanna take my music?
It was most relatable to me. It was the easiest way to get my story out. I had been playing piano for so long. I come from a very structured background. There wasn’t a lot of music played in my house. I had to go find it on my own. It was the thing that stuck with me the most. I was 14 years old, I discovered hip-hop, and I was like, I’m not going back to anything else.
Last year you put out Tabloid Truth, your debut album, are you happy with how it did, the reception it got?
It’s a bittersweet feeling for me, cause I got a gold record out of that album. And it was my first released single. You can’t really be mad at that as an independent artist. You can’t be mad at that, especially nowadays. But I felt like there was so much more of a message that didn’t really get highlighted on that album. And when people go back and listen to the songs like “Tabloid Truth” and “Take it Hard” they get a better sense of who I am as a person, not just as an artist. So you feel like that should have been highlighted more, but at the end of the day you take the good with the bad.
What do you have coming next?
I have a record I’m gonna release called “Winesday” featuring T.Pain that is, honestly, one of the hottest records I’ve ever heard. I’m just happy to be part of something so big.
It’s the first joint off of the new album, and it’s a huge, huge record, and it’s gonna be off a project that I am just finishing.
Rate Miley’s dancing in the video on a 1 to 10 scale.
In my opinion, I give it a 10 and half. You’re asking the person — she just changed my life. It’s changing my life, think about it this way: I got a gold record, I’ve had a lot of press, but never on the level to where somebody has made a dance to my song and on the next day it’s on Good Morning America.
ALSO, J. Dash Q&A: ‘WOP’ Auteur On Miley Cyrus’ Viral Assist
Things changed drastically for Florida-based hip-hop artist J. Dash last Thursday, March 21, as his hit “WOP” from his 2012 release “Tabloid Truth” was vaulted from obscurity and went viral with the help of none other than Miley Cyrus, who uploaded a video of her twerkin’ to the song on Facebook. Pharrell, LeBron James, Amber Rose and will.i.am are just a few of the celebrities who spread the word and helped launch the track to a No. 82 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
But J. Dash isn’t a new artist, and “WOP” has seen continued success since its 2012 debut, accumulating over 500,000 in sales and becoming J. Dash’s first gold record. After Miley’s #MCTWERKTEAM video, the single shot to the front page of iTunes and YouTube, and was featured on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” E! News and BBC.
J. Dash spoke with Billboard about his sudden re-invigorated success, and what’s next on the horizon.
Billboard: How did you first hear about “WOP” taking off?
I was bedridden with a stomach virus and all of a sudden my phone just starts buzzin’ from a friend of mine asking “Have you seen it? Have you seen it?” I get a message on Twitter from Miley asking “did you check my page yet?” I went and looked and saw the video, and it had been up there for about an hour at this point and it had about 12,000 likes. I told her I loved it. We joked about getting matching unicorn tattoos. (Cyrus wears a unicorn costume in the clip.)
Had you and Miley previously met?
She actually was a fan of my record, and she reached out to me a while back saying she loved the Wop and we should make a video, but that was a while ago so I never thought it would happen for real. We’ve never actually met in person.
How did “WOP” come to be?
When I made the record, me and friends of mine would do this particular dance to other people’s music and it started to catch on. People would ask what it’s called and we came up with “WOP,” because that’s what you thought of when you saw it.
The song is just you, but the music video is you and Flo Rida. How did that collaboration happen?
I’ve been in the circuit for a while in the South East region, and way back in the day I used to do shows in Gainesville, Florida and I remember I would open a show, followed by Brisco, Flo Rida, then Rick Ross. Back then, nobody had a name like that other than Ross, so we were all scratching and scrounging trying to make it. I reached out to him when I was shooting the music video in Miami and he came through and showed up.
Is this the moment that twerkin’ went mainstream?
Without a doubt. From not a lot of people knowing what twerking was, to now receiving news reports from Bollywood, from people making twerk videos in Australia. It’s insane, and to have it all attached to the “WOP” is amazing. Had Miley not made that video it would not be as mainstream as it is right now.
What’s next for you?
The video has brought a lot of attention, and a lot of people looking at more of the records I have now. “Tabloid Truth””has been accumulating traction on the radio on the west coast, and we just finished my latest album and we’re going to drop a single from that featuring T-Pain that’s called “Wednesday.” So more to come, I promise!
AND, Miley Cyrus Twerks to J. Dash’s “WOP” Sending Viral Urban Hit to the Top of the Charts
Last year, StereoFame Records recording artist J. Dash experienced a whirlwind as his hit song “WOP,” off the debut album Tabloid Truth, became a viral sensation amassing over 75 Million YouTube views and becoming the young artist’s first Gold record, registering over 500,000 sales. Still, the song never went mainstream, playing mostly on urban radio stations. That all changed this past Thursday when superstar Miley Cyrus posted a video of herself twerking to the tune in a unicorn suit onesie. View Miley’s rendition with WOP compilation here:
Since posting her #MCTWERKTEAM video, “WOP” has once again gone viral, but this time reaching far beyond its urban roots to every corner of the globe.
— Soaring 500 spots in just 4 days on the iTunes Charts – currently ranking #62 overall and #13 on the Hip Hop Charts (from #600 and #157)
— Featured on the Home Page of iTunes as “New Singles”
— Featured on the Home Page of YouTube as “Most Popular Video”
— Featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, E! News, and BBC
— TOP Trending on Twitter with tweets by Miley Cyrus, Ryan Seacrest, will.i.am, Nelly, and LeBron James
— 5 Million views of the Miley Cyrus Twerking & Wopping on YouTube in just 4 days.
“Seeing the song take off mainstream, thanks to Miley’s twerking video, has been surreal,” said J. Dash. “We joke that “WOP” is the biggest hit no one has ever heard of and now, because of Miley showing her love for the song, that seems to be changing. Her video is a monster smash and I hope that she encourages her fans to do their rendition and upload it to YouTube. I’m not sure if anyone can TWERK & WOP better than Miley, but I know there’s going to be a lot of people trying!”
Previously highlighted by USA Today as an “Artist on the Verge,” the past year saw J. Dash perform on national TV shows like “The Daily Buzz” and “Daytime,” have his video debut on MTV Jams, and “WOP” become the fastest growing dance song in the United States charting on the Mediabase charts, Billboard singles charts (spending 17 weeks on the Hip-Hop/R&B Hot 100) and become the #1 record on TuneCore. On January 31, 2012 J. Dash released his highly acclaimed album “Tabloid Truth,” available online and at Wal-Mart through an exclusive physical distribution deal made possible by an agreement worked out through StereoFame Records media consultant Thompkins Marketing.
J. Dash’s new single “Tabloid Truth,” along with “WOP” is currently available on iTunes.