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1) Basehead is a hip hop group headed by Michael Ivey, a native of Maryland, United States. Playing a cut-and-paste combination of rap, R&B, reggae and funk, Basehead, aka dcBasehead, from Maryland, Washington, USA, comprises Michael Ivey (b. 5 February 1968, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; vocals, guitar, writer, producer), joined, originally for touring purposes only, by DJ Unique (b. Paul Howard), guitarist Keith Lofton (b. 9 May 1967, Washington, USA), drummer Brian Hendrix (b. 29 July 1968, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) and bass player Bill Conway (b. 29 November 1967, Washington, USA). Ivey’s sound has been loosely categorized as both “slacker rap” and “intelligent hip-hop’. A student of film at Howard University, Ivey recorded Basehead’s debut album on his basic home set-up with minimal help from Hendrix and Howard. Originally released by small independent concern Emigre in 1991, “He debuted with Play With Toys (1992, 1992 in music), which became a critical success and college radio hit. Ivey assembled a band and recorded Not in Kansas Anymore, which received mixed reviews. Basehead’s latest is an album called Faith, from 1996.

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2) Basehead (aka Dan Gardopee, aka Dan Grandpre) is an electronic musician and former member of game music production company Straylight Productions. He was active in the tracking community during the 1990s and was a member of the groups Five Musicians and Kosmic Free Music Foundation.

As part of Straylight Productions his music featured in many games including Unreal, Unreal Tournament and Deus Ex.

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