OK. So, not seen this album discussed here before, but it was pretty popular at the time.
“The toughest musician in hip-hop history, has finally mastered, the art of the MPC.”
Like a lot of people, I never really checked much of Count Bass D’s stuff before 2002, but my interest was piqued when I saw that both MF DOOM and Edan featured on this album. He was signed to a label owned by Pete Nice from 3rd Bass and Bobbito in the 90s and made appearances on the Stretch and Bobbito show but he never seemed to get much traction. This was the first album that he made ‘conventionally’ - with an MPC 2000 & S-3000. Up until then I believe he used to mostly use live instrumentation.
Quite a few versions of this album came out, all with slightly different tracklists, including versions on High Times, Day by Day (MF Grimm’s label) and Metal Face Records (DOOM’s label). I’m not sure what the definitive version is, but I was so gassed about this album that I bought another copy when I saw a new version with a new track with DOOM (Make a Buck). Also note that Percy Carey (MF Grimm) gets a track dedicated to him, as does DOOM’s brother, Sub Roc.
Count Bass D isn’t an amazing rapper, but he definitely holds his own. His production on this album has such a nice feel to it - it’s like a cross between a producers beat tape, a mixtape and an album. It has a bit of a cut ’n paste feel and is a little sloppy in places, but it all adds to the charm. Have seen bloggers speculate on it’s influence on DOOM, in particular his and Madlib’s approach to the Madvillain album. Definitely possible.