Count Bass D

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Count Bass D
Birth name Dwight Farrell
Born (1973-08-25) August 25, 1973 (age 42)
Origin The Bronx, New York
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, record producer, multi-instrumentalist
Years active 1993–present
Labels Fat Beats, High Times Records
Associated acts MF Doom, MF Grimm, J. Rawls
Website countbassd.bandcamp.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]

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]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 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)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • 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)

EPs[edit]

  • 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)

Singles[edit]

  • "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)

Guest appearances[edit]

Productions[edit]

References[edit]

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