Count Bass D
|Born||August 25, 1973|
|Origin||The Bronx, New York|
|Rapper, record producer, multi-instrumentalist|
|Labels||Fat Beats, High Times Records, Chaos Recordings|
|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.
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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 Apple has now purchased the domain name.