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Casper

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Kein Happy End Paula Hartmann, Casper 02:46
Lang lebe der Tod (feat. Blixa Bargeld, Dagobert & Sizarr) Casper, Blixa Bargeld, Dagobert, Sizarr 04:03
Schwarz LEA, Casper 02:36
Schono ke Sido, Casper 03:01
Im Ascheregen Casper 04:59
Adrenalin Marteria, Casper 02:53
Hinterland Casper 03:55
Endlich angekommen Casper 06:21
Michael X Casper 04:59
Am Boden bleiben Vega, Casper, Montez 03:45

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Kein Happy End

by Paula Hartmann, Casper

04/06/2022

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As the leading star of Germany's growing hip hop scene, Casper's use of a live rock band and willingness to be honest and deeply personal in his lyrics resulted in his music being dubbed as 'emo rap'. Born Benjamin Griffey on September 25, 1982, to a German mother and American father, he grew up in a trailer park in Augusta, Georgia, before moving back to Bielefeld, Ostewestfalen-Lippe at 11-years-old after his parents split up. Influenced as much by his father's Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Joy Division records as he was by the LL Cool J and Snoop Dogg tunes he heard on the radio, he formed metal-core and punk bands before competing in rap battles and making his own mixtapes. Releasing early material with the hip hop collective Kinder Des Zorns, his debut solo album Hin Zurr Sonne in 2008 showcased his raspy delivery and he marked himself out by rejecting rap's often superficial and macho culture. Follow-up XOXO in 2011 cemented his position as a major artist in Germany and his third album Hinterland drew wider attention, thanks in part to a guest appearance from Editors' frontman Tom Smith on the track “Lux Lisbon.” After a two-year absence, Casper returned in 2016 with the single “Lange Lebe Der Tod,” featuring former Bad Seeds guitarist Blixa Bargeld, Swiss electro-pop crooner Dagobert, and alternative rockers Sizarr. The track was included in the 2017 album of the same name, which shot straight to the top of the German charts. The following year, Casper teamed up with fellow rapper Marteria to create the album 1982, his fourth consecutive release to reach Number 1 in the domestic charts. In 2021, he returned with the single “Alles war schön und nichts tat weh,” hitting Number 26 on the German Singles Chart.