16 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar to MF DOOM and Madlib, Count Bass D has a undeniable knack for making hip-hop pocket symphonies, short-but-sweet tracks that manage to pack piles of charisma into mini masterpieces that often don't even touch the two-minute mark. His winning combination of haphazard spontaneity and intricately layered studio work continues on Begborrowsteel, a 15 track EP overflowing with stream-of-consciousness wordplay and unpredictable beatwork. Subject matter here includes cautionary tales of murderous policemen ("Body By Jake"), post-breakup pontificating ("Down Easy," which flaunts his singing chops), and the power of the dollar on the reggae-fied "Dollar Bill." Also fresh are the oddly titled, string-heavy instrumental "Kumbuka Watu Penda Pesa (Part 1)," and the straight-forward but smooth "New Edition Karaoke." To be sure, the Count's hyper-unique style is not for everyone, and listeners accustomed to the status quo may find themselves initially confused by the mass amounts of experimentation and risk-taking on display, but those with an open mind and open ears are in for a treat.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Similar to MF DOOM and Madlib, Count Bass D has a undeniable knack for making hip-hop pocket symphonies, short-but-sweet tracks that manage to pack piles of charisma into mini masterpieces that often don't even touch the two-minute mark. His winning combination of haphazard spontaneity and intricately layered studio work continues on Begborrowsteel, a 15 track EP overflowing with stream-of-consciousness wordplay and unpredictable beatwork. Subject matter here includes cautionary tales of murderous policemen ("Body By Jake"), post-breakup pontificating ("Down Easy," which flaunts his singing chops), and the power of the dollar on the reggae-fied "Dollar Bill." Also fresh are the oddly titled, string-heavy instrumental "Kumbuka Watu Penda Pesa (Part 1)," and the straight-forward but smooth "New Edition Karaoke." To be sure, the Count's hyper-unique style is not for everyone, and listeners accustomed to the status quo may find themselves initially confused by the mass amounts of experimentation and risk-taking on display, but those with an open mind and open ears are in for a treat.

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