SummaryHailing from Nashville, Count Bass D first emerged way back in 1995 as a different type of rap artist. His debut album Pre-Life Crisis was regarded as the first self-produced hip hop album recorded entirely with live-instrumentation. Refusing to be pigeonholed, he applied his musicianship to mastering a sampler and released the follow-up Dwight Spitz in 2002. With a rare ability to expand hip hop's boundaries and break new ground with each release, critics showered each release with praise, while a devoted fan base continued to expand via his worldwide touring and popular weblog CountBassD.com. He also gained massive respect from his fellow musicians, collaborating with the Beastie Boys, Van Hunt, Victor Wooten (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Prefuse 73, and MF DOOM (Count produced and rhymed on the hit "Potholders" from the hit album Mmm.Food).
All his work sets the stage for Act Your Waist Size--his latest full-length and first album for Fat Beats Records. Count Bass D once again demonstrates his unique ability to showcase various styles in a hip-hop context. In addition to his trademark boom-bap and instrumental tracks, he reinterprets two 19th century standards, sings a self-penned ballad, and offers his version of the southern sound. Act Your Waist Size finds Count doing what he's always done - setting precedents and eluding the norms. Given the success of artists like Outkast and Gnarls Barkley, it's clear that creativity from a rap artist can be embraced by a larger audience, but you won't find Count Bass D worrying about such trends. No, he's busy just eing one of many musicians trying to make it in Music City USA, and he's doing it his way.