Count Bass D
Count Bass D
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|Birth name||Dwight Farrell|
|Born||August 25, 1973|
|Origin||The Bronx, New York|
|Occupation(s)||Rapper, record producer, multi-instrumentalist|
|Labels||Fat Beats, High Times Records, Chaos Recordings|
|Associated acts||MF Doom, MF Grimm, J. Rawls, Snoop Dogg|
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.
Early life and education
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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. The label found it difficult to market the album, and Count was dropped from the label.
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. In 2004, Count produced a track ("Potholderz") 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), he was 35 at the time of release.
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, and Activity, both released on Domination records. In 2011, Count and rapper Insight the Truncator, released a collaborative record called The Risktakers. On August 25, 2011, Count self-released his 5th studio album, #FULLCOUNT, on his personal website, CountBassD.com, although it appears as though Spotify has now purchased the domain name.
- Pre-Life Crisis (1995)
- Art for Sale (1997)
- Dwight Spitz (2002)
- Begborrowsteel (2005)
- Act Your Waist Size (2006)
- True Ohio Playas (2007) (with J. Rawls)
- L7: Mid-Life Crisis (2008)
- In the Loop (2009) (with DJ Pocket)
- Activity (2010) (with DJ Pocket)
- Hartsfield Jaxson (2010) (with DJ Pocket)
- Fullcount (2011)
- Mic & Ike (2011)
- In the Loop: Partie Deux (2011) (with DJ Pocket)
- The Risk Takers (2011) (with Insight)
- In the Loop 3: ThanksFam (2012) (with DJ Pocket)
- Instantly New (2016)
- The Producers Cut: Some Music Part 1 (2004)
- 2006: Some Music Part 2 (2004)
- Ear Regardless: Some Music Part 3 (2007)
- Some Music Part 4: Vinyl Ain't Dead Yet (2007)
- Some Music Part 5: Slim & Nice (2008)
- Robbed without a Pistol (2008)
- Dwight Yoke Them: Some Music Part 7 (2011)
- 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. (2012)
- Some Music 6 (The Lost Installment) (2013)
- Promises (2013)
- Grandmaz Nutz (2013)
- Sorrow (2013)
- That Old Real Shit Suite (3 Track Album) (2013)
- Handshake vs. Dap (2014)
- Cloak and Dapper (2015)
- Dwight Around Your Lips (2016)
- True Ohio Players (2004) (with J. Rawls)
- Art for Art's Sake (2007) (with Blake 9)
- In This Business (2013) (with DJ Crucial)
- The Count in Cologne (2014) (with Retrogott, Twit One, and Lazy Jones)
- "Sandwiches (I Got a Feeling)" (1995)
- "Violatin' / The World Is Mine" (1999)
- "On the Reels / Piece of the Pie / Violatin' (Remix)" (1999)
- "7 Years" (2004)
- "Down Easy" (2005)
- "Internationally Known" (2006)
- Knowdaverbs - "Strange Dames" from The Syllabus (1999)
- Vitamin C - "Girls Against Boys" from Vitamin C (1999)
- 7L & Esoteric - "Dwight Spits Intro" from The Soul Purpose (2001)
- 7L & Esoteric - "Rules of Engagement" from Dangerous Connection (2002)
- MF Grimm - "Alpha" from The Downfall of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera (2002)
- MF Doom - "Potholderz" from MM..Food (2004)
- Shape of Broad Minds - "It Live On" from Craft of the Lost Art (2007)
- Elemental & Tom Caruana - "Pay Me A Visit" from Rebel Without Applause (2008)
- Shafiq Husayn - "Major Heavy" from Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka (2009)
- J. Rawls - "We're on Top" from The Hip-Hop Affect (2011)
- Blueprint - "Once Again" from Respect the Architect (2014)
- Dillon & Paten Locke - "How to Count Bars" from Food Chain (2016)
- Beastie Boys - "Hey Ladies (Count Bass D Remix)" from Beastie Boys Video Anthology (2000)
- MF Grimm - "Alpha", "Words", and "Omega" from The Downfall of Ibliys: A Ghetto Opera (2002)
- Piano Overlord - "Agorophobia (Count Bass D Interpretation)" from The Singles Collection 03-05 (2005)
- Dr. Who Dat? - "Kelly Drive" from Beat Journey (2006)
- Braille - "Sonset" from Box of Rhymes (2006)
- Rodriguez, Kenny. "Count Bass D - Off The Record, pt. 1 - interview". Nobodysmiling.com. Archived May 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- Brent, Jesse. "Intervew with Count Bass D for Deluxe Edition of Dwight Spitz". wesufm.org. Archived November 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- Steve, Huey "Count Bass D Biography".[dead link]
- "Dwight Spitz - Recording Process Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine".
- Art For Sale "Discogs - Count Bass D".
- "Dwight Spitz - Recording Process Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine"
- "Discogs - Count Bass D"
- "In the Loop - Domination Recordings"
- "Activity - Domination Recordings Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine"
- "Discogs - Count Bass D"