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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Count Bass D
Act Your Waist Size
Fat Beats

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


November 6, 2006
Many hip-hop listeners' first exposure to Count Bass D was as a guest spot on MF Doom's MM..Food? during a track entitled "Potholders." What we all know is that The Count complemented MF Doom's eclectic rhymes and unique timbre flow for flow, and that he helped make this one of the album's stronger tracks. Outside of this snippet, Count Bass D has been a cult favorite.

Act Your Waist Size marks the rapper's fourth album since 1995 (with the last three coming between 2002 and 2006). His story is a bit more compelling than most rappers, too: he's from Nashville, TN, which is not necessarily a hip-hop hotbed; is a multi-instrumentalist; is mostly self-produced; and is held in high regard by a wide range of musicians as well as a knowledgeable fanbase.

And much like Doom, Bass D further develops a perception of eclectic MC and producer. One side of his production is based in samples taken from '70s soul, lounge and ballad cuts, a good example of this overall form coming in "Trading Whore Stories" where he uses a tornado siren, repetitive alto sax riff and pits it against a dusty, distant, stuttering hip-hop breakbeat. The other part of his style is pushed by a drum machine 808 pattern, with disco percussive pongs and busy hi-hat rhythms alongside psychedelic synth sounds that can be heard in "Junkies."

Both forms are perfect vehicles for Bass D to run his eclectic, freeform rhymes through the instrument of his cool, low-frequency voice. When he raps he pays more attention to saying things in an interesting way than to slinging words with a machine gun cadence. Just as intriguing are some of the chosen song titles, "Trading Whore Stories" and "Junkies" as well as "Case O' Dilla" (an homage to late hip-hop artist J. Dilla), "No Time For Fakin', Pt. 3," and "Pot/Liquor."

Count Bass D's intangibles factor helps to make Act Your Waist Size an above average hip-hop album. The years of experience playing live instruments have given him a sense of technical creativity. Additional wild cards of quick wit and a guest production spot from the underrated Van Hunt will help to boost the overall rising stock.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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