Count Bass D

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Count Bass D
Birth name Dwight Farrell
Born (1973-08-25) August 25, 1973 (age 41)
Occupations Musician, record producer, rapper, multi-instrumentalist
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts MF DOOM, MF Grimm, Jneiro Jarel, DJ Pocket, J. Rawls, Insight, Edan
Website www.countbassd.com

Dwight Conroy Farrell (born August 25, 1973), better known by the stage name Count Bass D, is an American rapper, record producer and multi-instrumentalist who resides in Atlanta, Georgia. His production style is characterised by layers of short MPC samples and film snippets complemented with live instrumentation, and eccentric lyrics laid atop.[1][2]

Early Life and career[edit]

Count Bass D was born on August 25, 1973, and was raised in the Bronx and Canton Ohio. At the age of four his father, a West Indian minister, encouraged him to play music at his church. Count thereafter learned to play the piano, organ, Drums and bass. He then started gaining interest in Hip Hop, becoming better at rhyming while rapping with friends.

In his late teens, Count Bass D enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, to take advantage of the school's instruments to finish his demo tape. He then broadcast his first Hip-Hop video on campus. His demo led him to getting a record deal with Chaos Recordings where he released his first studio album, Pre-Life Crisis in early 1995.[3] The album was considered too progressive[citation needed], and the label found it difficult to market the album. Count was then dropped from the label.[4]

In 1997 Count released his first EP, Art For Sale on independent record label Spongebath Records, the album was later released in 2005, in Japan on Octave Records.[5]

Ongoing career[edit]

In 2002, Count decided to make a more Hip Hop themed album, so he bought an Akai S-3000 sampler, and an MPC-2000 drum machine and quickly learned to create new sounds. With these tools he released his second, and most critically acclaimed studio album, Dwight Spitz. It features appearances from other well known indie MCs, such as MF DOOM, and Edan.[6] In 2004, Count produced a track and guest appeared on MF DOOM's MM..FOOD.

In 2005, Count released his second EP, Begborrowsteel on Jazzy Sport Records. Act Your Waist Size - his third studio album - was released on Fat Beats Records in 2006. In 2008, Count released a sequel album on 1320 Records, to Pre-Life Crisis, called L7 (Mid-Life Crisis),[7] he was 35 at the time of release.

2010-present[edit]

In 2010, Count teamed up with old friend, producer and rapper DJ Pocket, and made two collaborative albums in the same year. In the Loop,[8] and Activity,[9] both released on Domination records. In 2011, Count and rapper Insight, released a collaborative record called The Risktakers. On August 25, 2011, Count self-released his 5th studio album, #FULLCOUNT,[10] on his personal website, CountBassD.com.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Instrumental Albums[edit]

  • 2004: Some Music: The Producers Cut (Part 1)
  • 2004: 2006 (Some Music Pt. 2)
  • 2007: Ear Regardless (Some Music Pt. 3)
  • 2007: Some Music Part 4: Vinyl Ain't Dead Yet
  • 2008: Robbed Without a Pistol
  • 2008: Some Music Part Five: Slim & Nice
  • 2011: Some Music Pt. 7 (Dwight Yoke Them)
  • 2012: Cana (1 of 5)
  • 2012: Hezekiah II (2 of 5)
  • 2012: KUSH (3 of 5)
  • 2012: Magnificent (4 of 5)
  • 2012: Gibraltar (5 of 5)
  • 2012: The T.S.
  • 2013: Promises. (Beat Tape)
  • 2013: Grandmaz Nutz
  • 2013: Some Music 6
  • 2013: That Old Real Shit Suite
  • 2014: Handshake Vs. Dap

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • 1995: "Sandwiches (I Got A Feeling)" 12" Single
  • 1997: "Art for Sale" EP
  • 1999: "Violatin'/The World Is Mine/Just Rhymin' with Tock" 12" Single
  • 1999: "On the Reels/Piece of the Pie/Violatin' (The Mighty V.I.C. Remix)" 12" Single
  • 2004: "7 Years/Real Music vs. Bulls#!+/Real Music vs. Bulls#!+ (Part 2)/9 Years (Part 1)/9 Years (Part 2)/I'm A Man" EP
  • 2005: "BEGBORROWSTEEL" EP
  • 2005: "Down Easy/Holdin On" 10" Single
  • 2006: "Internationally Known/110 Bridge St./Junkies/Like A Pimp/Katrina & Rita" 12" Single

Collaborations[edit]

  • 2004: "True Ohio Playas" EP (w/ J. Rawls)
  • 2007: "Art for Art's Sake" EP (w/ BlakeNine)
  • 2009: "In the Loop" CD (w/ DJ Pocket)
  • 2010: "Activity" CD (w/ DJ Pocket)
  • 2010: "Hartsfield JAXson" CD (w/ DJ Pocket)
  • 2011: "In the Loop Partie Deux" CD (w/ DJ Pocket)
  • 2011: "The Risk Takers" CD (w/ Insight)
  • 2012: "In the Loop 3 #THANKSFAM" DL (w/ DJ Pocket)
  • 2013: "In This Business" EP (w/ DJ Crucial)

Features[edit]

  • 1995 "Heat (Produced by: Count Bass D)" by Hot Sauce from "Heat / To You" 12" Single (Reelife)
  • 1995 "To You (Produced by: Count Bass D)" by Hot Sauce from "Heat / To You" 12" Single (Reelife)
  • 1997 "People Noticin' Me" by Grits from "Factors of The Seven" CD (Gotee Records)
  • 1999 "Count Bass D (A Reading Form)" by Grits from "Grammatical Revolution" CD (Gotee Records)
  • 1999 "Strange Dames" by Knowdaverbs from "The Syllabus" CD (Gotee Records)
  • 1999 "Girls Against Boys" by Vitamin C from "Vitamin C" CD (Elektra)
  • 1999 "Yinin' & Yangin'" by Victor Wooten from "Yin-Yang" CD (Compass)
  • 2000 "Takin' Me Higher (Remix)" by The Katinas from "DJ Maj - Waxmuseum" CD (Gotee Records)
  • 2000 "I Know" by Various Artists from "Coalition: The Hip Hop Alliance" CD (ForeFront Records)
  • 2000 "Hey Ladies (Count Bass D Remix)" by Beastie Boys from "Beastie Boys Video Anthology" DVD (Capitol Records)
  • 2001 "Dwight Spits Intro" by 7L & Esoteric from "The Soul Purpose" CD/LP (Direct Records)
  • 2002 "Rules of Engagement" by 7L & Esoteric from "Dangerous Connection" CD/LP (Landspeed / Brick Records)
  • 2002 "Alpha (Produced by: Count Bass D)" by MF Grimm from "The Downfall of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera" (Day By Day Entertainment)
  • 2002 "Words (Produced by: Count Bass D)" by MF Grimm from "The Downfall of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera" (Day By Day Entertainment)
  • 2002 "Omega (Produced by: Count Bass D)" by MF Grimm from "The Downfall of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera" (Day By Day Entertainment)
  • 2003 "Ransom Note" by The ARE from "Hustlers Theme" CD/LP (K-Otix Entertainment)
  • 2003 "Exit 273" by Jon Doe from "Meet Jon Doe..." LP (Southern Recycling / Day By Day Entertainment)
  • 2003 "Number 3 Pouncyil" by Jon Doe from "Meet Jon Doe..." CD (Southern Recycling / Day By Day Entertainment)
  • 2003 "Dro Grown" by The Prof. from "The Prof. in... Con-Vexed" CD/LP (Nature Sounds)
  • 2004 "Potholderz" by MF DOOM from "MM...Food" CD/LP (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  • 2005 "Cell Phone" by Victor Wooten from "Soul Circus" CD (Vanguard)
  • 2005 "Piece of the Pie" by Esoteric from "Too Much Posse" CD (Fly Casual Records)
  • 2005 "All In" by Various Artists (Shaman Work Recordings) from "Shaman Work Presents... Beatology Vol. 1 & 2 CD (Shaman Work Recordings)
  • 2005 "Turn the Bass Up (Produced by: Count Bass D)" by Scienz of Life from "John Robinson - The Leak Edition Volume 1" CDr (Shaman Work)
  • 2005 "XL" by Breakthrough from "Breakthrough" CD (Ki/oon Records)
  • 2005 "Backpacker" by Breakthrough from "Breakthrough" CD (Ki/oon Records)
  • 2005 "Agorophobia (Count Bass D Interpretation)" by Piano Overlord from "The Singles Collection 03-05" CD/LP (Money Studies Records)
  • 2006 "Hadesugiru" by grooveman Spot a.k.a. DJ Kou-G from "Eternal Development" CD/LP (Planetgroove)
  • 2006 "Benzaiten Love" by grooveman Spot a.k.a. DJ Kou-G from "Eternal Development" CD/LP (Planetgroove)
  • 2006 "Rugged Individuals" by Harvey Lindo from "Kid Gloves - A Modaji Long Player" CD/LP (Compost Records)
  • 2006 "Sonset (Produced by: Count Bass D)" by Braille from "Box of Rhymes" CD (Handcuts Records)
  • 2006 "Kelly Drive (Co-Produced by: Count Bass D)" by Dr. Who Dat? from "Beat Journey" CD/LP (Lex Records)
  • 2006 "You're Freakin' Me Out Girl" by Wired All Wrong from "Break Out The Battle Tapes" CD (Nitrus Records)
  • 2006 "Stay Away feat. Dionne Farris" by Various Artists from "Lost & Found" CD (Octave / Ultra-Vybe Inc.) (Japan)
  • 2006 "10,000 Angels w/ Tuskface" by Various Artists from "The 13'20 Mixtape..." CD (1320 Records)
  • 2006 "Alls I Know" by Flowlife Bumz from "Dinner @ Table No. 9" EP (Brick9000 Records)
  • 2007 "Jealous Mistress" by Mellow Drum Addict & Shortop from "Are Fire Escape Artists" CD (End of Earth Records)
  • 2007 "It Lives On" by Shape of Broad Minds from "Craft of the Lost Art" CD/LP (Lex Records)
  • 2007 "Hadesugiru (Blues & Pants Mix)" by grooveman Spot a.k.a, DJ Kou-G from "Re:Eternal Development (Silver Star) CD (Planetgroove)
  • 2007 "Benzaiten Love (DJ Mitsu The Beats Remix)" by grooveman Spot a.k.a, DJ Kou-G from "Re:Eternal Development (Gold Star) CD (Planetgroove)
  • 2008 "Punk/Punk/Punk" by Coolzey from "Coolzey Vs. Przm" CD (Public School Records)
  • 2008 "Can't Stand Against Me" by Infinito 2017 from "Most High Definition" CDr (Nephew of Frank Records)
  • 2008 "Symphony 3: The Story" by Emily Wells from "The Symphonies: Dreams Memories" CD (Creative Control Records)
  • 2008 "Licensed, Insured & Bonded" by Frankie Numi from "Never Ending Always Building ...In Jazz Soul Funk" EP (Sleeping Disorders)
  • 2008 "ONE (Dependent On None)" by ONEdependent & Taki76 from Radio Recession CD (ONE-76)
  • 2009 "Eye Browse/Ancestarrs" by Dial 81 from "Boxcar Portal" CD (Superior Belly Records)
  • 2009 "Pay Me A Visit" by Elemental & Tom Caruana from "Rebel Without Applause" CD (Tea Sea Records)
  • 2009 "Major Heavy" by Shafiq Husayn from "Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka" CD/LP (Plug Research)
  • 2010 "These Foolish Things" by Raashan Ahmad from "For What You've Lost" CD/LP (Trad Vibe)
  • 2010 "All I Know (DJ Grazzhoppa RMX)" by Flowlife Bumz from "BUMZGALORE" EP (Digsville)
  • 2010 "Ready For the Fight" by The Young Punx! from "Mashpop and Punkstep" CD (MofoHifi)
  • 2010 "Club Culture" by The Young Punx! from "Mashpop and Punkstep" CD (MofoHifi)
  • 2010 "Like Dat" by The Young Punx! from "Mashpop and Punkstep" CD (MofoHifi)
  • 2010 "Drip Splatter" by Alex B from "Moments" MP3 (ELM&OAK)
  • 2011 "We're On Top (#OhioTakeOver)" by J. Rawls from "The Hip-Hop Affect" CD/LP (Green Streets Entertainment)
  • 2011 "August" by Emufucka from "Select" MP3 (Citywurl)
  • 2012 "Distance Unlimited (SP1200 Remix)" by Nato Caliph & Black Spade from "Force Majeure" CS (F5 Records)
  • 2012 "Watch Me" by Dres from "Wild Produce" MP3
  • 2012 "City Limits" by Gensu Dean from "Lo-Fi Fingahz" (Mello Music Group)
  • 2012 "Can't Nobody Step to Him" by Emufucka from "Retrace" MP3 (Fremdtunes)
  • 2012 "Pain" by Whoarei from "Cause Chaos EP"
  • 2013 "Rocket Science" by White Mic & Agentstriknine from "The Vegetable and the Alien, Vol. 2"
  • 2012 "Arms Race" ft ShortHop by Dirty Hum (60 Cycles) from "60 Cycles"
  • 2012 "World Wide Citizen" by Dirty Hum (60 Cycles) from "60 Cycles"
  • 2012 "Voyage (Keyboards by Count Bass D)" by Budamunk from Mokstrumentals Vol. 3 (Jazzy Sport)
  • 2013 "Rung by Rung" feat. Count Bass D by Glows in the Dark from "Research and Development"
  • 2013 "Up and Down" feat. Count Bass D by Glows in the Dark from "Research and Development"
  • 2013 "Rung by Rung (Yamin Semali Remix)" feat. Count Bass D by Glows in the Dark from "Research and Development"
  • 2013 "Up and Down (Marijuana Deathsquads Remix)" feat. Count Bass D by Glows in the Dark from "Research and Development"
  • 2013 "To and Fro (Co-Produced by: Count Bass D)" ft. DT, DJ Pocket & Count Bass D by Yamin Semali from Senior Dues: Yen Dollar Music, Vol. 2"
  • 2013 "Couds Catcher" feat. Count Bass D & MORESOUNDS by Dandy Teru from "Adventures" (Ubiquity)
  • 2014 "Delicious" feat. Count Bass D by Jazz Spastiks
  • 2014 "Delicious Remix" feat. Count Bass D by Jazz Spastiks

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