There are 194 countries in the world. Dash Speaks can name every one and tell you a little something about each. “When I was eight, my parents bought A set of encyclopedias. Every morning thereafter, I would read about a different part of the world. I used to want to be an explorer, and really, I still do.” says the 24 year old, native New Yorker.
Dash’s new album Geography is a testament to his childhood passion. Not only is the album thematically tied to exploration, adventure and the science of geography, but it also pushes the limits of hip hop to a place that it has never been before.
Dash Speaks has been writing songs and poetry since he was 9. When other kids his age were taking their musical cues from MTV, Dash was listening to music ranging from James Brown to Outkast to Portishead to Bob Dylan-- whom he still credits as his favorite rapper.
By 13, Dash was singing in a rock band. At 16, he began performing spoken word poetry in downtown cafes. In his senior year of high school, Dash switched his focus from poetry to hip hop. By the time he graduated from Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School, he had recorded dozens of rap songs.
After 3 months at the University of Arizona, Dash Speaks dropped out and returned home to New York City to pursue his music career. In 2005, he released his first album, followed by successive efforts in 2006 and 2007. The latter, The Name Speaks Volumes, was a collaborative effort with emcee NickName under the moniker the Bad News. It was nominated for an Independent Music Award for
Best Hip Hop album.
Since, Speaks has performed over one hundred shows with artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Kid Cudi, Mickey Factz, Das Racist, and Mike Posner. He has continued to hone his natural lyrical and song-writing abilities, while teaching himself how to produce and DJ.