The short answer is: Joseph J Washington aka JSP Tha Dragon (Born 7 February 1986) is an American Composer, Writer, And Visual Artist. He was born in San Diego, California But now has been based in Arizona since 2011…
…But, I’m afraid it is a bit more complicated than that.
Most people, from the outside looking in would say that I was born with nothing. I would say, being born without means is not exactly the same as being born with nothing. It’s true I was born without a Father, it is also true that i was born into poverty. However, as I see it, I was BORN. I was given the gift of life. My mind was without defect and my limbs were without impairment. I was born to an extraordinary women. I was born with many gifts and the courage to cultivate and use those gifts. As i see it, I have been more fortunate than quite a few.
I was conceived by Belinda Ann Davis (R.I.P. 08/04/18) and Joseph Benjamin Washington II. I was born Joseph Jordan Washington, in San Diego, California. My dad left before I was born, so growing up it was just me, my mom, and my older sister. My grandparents Howard and Lorraine Davis had 8 children including my mother, 5 boys and 3 girls. Their children gave birth to many children, which provided me with many cousins and therefore a huge family.
For a time my mother gave me to my father’s mother, Ruth (R.I.P.) because she couldn’t afford to take care of me. I was maybe 4 years old, and the short time I spent living with her was the best time of my life. I fell in love with film while I was living with her, as she had an extensive movie collection, numbered and color coded, and organized beautifully. We watched movies like “Crybaby” Starring Johnny Depp and “Pretty Woman” which ignited my boyhood crush on Julia Roberts, and of course the movie of all movies, at least for my era, “Dirty Dancing” starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray.
My mother eventually came back for me and from that point on, life…was a nightmare. We lived in poverty for the most part, me and my mother were even homeless for a time. Resources were paper thin and being that my sister was a problem child, there was an inequity in distribution of those resources in her favor and at my expense. I never complained, I never cried, or even questioned why, like with most things I just took it in stride. At 8 years old I became aware I was the man of the house, when my mother came home from work to find my sister had ran away, yet again. She collapsed in the kitchen, having some version of a nervous breakdown and i was the only one there, unfairly left with the huge responsibility of comforting her. From that point on, I knew it was up to me to tip the scale back toward the other direction in an effort give my mother the support she needed to maintain some sense of balance through such turbulent times.
When I was 10 years old, my mother inexplicably locked me in her 1992 Honda Prelude and forced me to listen to Jay-Z’s 1996 debut “Reasonable Doubt” from beginning to end. When I got out of that car, while still shocked and confused, I had fallen in love with hip hop and knew that when I grew up, I wanted to be an emcee (Master Of Ceremony). Before I could even begin to build my foundation as an artist, my sister started rapping, seemingly out of nowhere. My sisters evolution helped me grow rapidly as an artist and emcee, as I wasn’t going to let a girl who was already an amazing vocal talent also be the best rapper in the family.
When I was 13 years old, I really came into my own as a lyricist. I was writing verses like there was no tomorrow and they were good verses too. I never went through a phase of writing bad material, unusable for one reason or another but never bad. I quickly realized that due to copyright law, I could not use all of the awesome music I had stole from other artist and their popular songs so I stopped writing. Since I couldn’t afford to buy music production and I couldn’t use music registered under copyright, my dream was crushed, right?…WRONG!
At this time I was going through what many call “Writers Block”. I couldn’t write a thing for months. So I downloaded the demo version of FL Studio and decided to try and see if I could figure this music production thing out. At least that way when I start writing again I might have some music of my very own to record over. Needless to say, I was a natural…I took to making digital music like a fish to water. Before I knew it I had at least fifty compositions that I was sure were original, which time proved to be true.
I also couldn’t afford to buy artwork so, again I tested myself to see if i could figure it out and sure enough i did. I never went to school, or had a mentor, or anyone to encourage me. I am 100% self educated and the very definition of “self made”. I started on this journey when i was 13 years old and i haven’t missed a day since. My goal in life is to live outside of conformity, by any means. I just simply disagree with the way things are done and i have chosen to go another way. I have made countless sacrifices to do what i want in life…to do what i love but, so far it was worth it. I wouldn’t change a thing.
So…My name is Joseph J Washington and I am a Composer, a Writer, a Songwriter, an Audio Engineer, and a Visual Artist. This is my website, where I hope to share my passion…with YOU.