Casper (rapper)

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Casper at Splash-Festival 21 (2018)-3230.jpg
Casper at the Splash! Festival 2018 in Ferropolis
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Griffey
Born (1982-09-25) September 25, 1982 (age 37)
Extertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany
  • Rapper
  • singer
Years active2003–present
LabelsFour Music
Associated acts

Benjamin Griffey[1] (born 25 September 1982), better known by his stage name Casper, is a German American rapper signed to the German music label Sony Music.[2]


Casper was born in Lemgo in North Rhine-Westphalia to a German mother and an American father, Arlen Griffey, who was a soldier stationed in Lemgo.[3] His family moved to Augusta, Georgia, in the United States, when he was two weeks old, where he lived in a trailer park.[3][1] At the age of 11, he moved back to Germany and settled in Bielefeld with his mother and younger sister.[4] Despite his mother being German, he had not been raised bilingually and therefore struggled at school initially.[3]


Casper was involved in many studio recordings with other German rappers, such as Abroo and Separate. Together they founded the hip-hop group Kinder des Zorns. In 2004 they released Rap Art War, their first and only album.

In 2006 he released a mixtape called Die Welt Hört Mich with the label 667 - One More Than The Devil. In the two years following the release of Die Welt Hört Mich, he toured through Germany and on 9 May 2008 he released his first album, Hin Zur Sonne with the 667 record label.

In February 2009, he left 667 Records and signed a contract with Selfmade Records. Together with Kollegah, Favorite and Shiml, who were also signed to Selfmade Records, they released Chronik 2 in April 2009.

In October 2010 Casper left Selfmade Records and signed a new contract with Four Music.[5] His second album, XOXO, was released on 8 July 2011.

Casper is known for his slightly hoarse sounding voice: this was as a result of him having played in punk/hardcore bands in the early days of his music career which resulted in some damage to his vocal cords.[6]

Reception in the German rap scene[edit]

Casper at Southside Festival 2014

Casper has often been labelled as an "emo rapper", which he also uses to describe himself, stating that he was fed up of being asked about his style.[7] His lyrics are mainly autobiographical, in particular in the song "Hin zur Sonne", describing his early life in America.


  • 2008: Hin zur Sonne
  • 2011: XOXO
  • 2013: Hinterland
  • 2017: Lang lebe der Tod
  • 2018: 1982 together with Marteria
  • 2006: Die Welt hört mich
  • 2007: Exclusive Mixtape (Online-Mixtape)
  • 2003: Grundstein
  • 2011: Auf und davon - EP
  • 2006: Kann nicht verlieren
  • 2006: Sie lieben mich jetzt
  • 2007: Party wie die Rockstars
  • 2008: Nie wieder (feat. Prinz Pi)
  • 2011: Nie Wieder (Akustik Version) (feat. Prinz Pi)
  • 2012: Nie Auf (with Cro feat. Timid Tiger)
  • 2012: Halbe Mille
  • 2004: Rap Art War (Kinder des Zorns album)
  • 2009: Chronik 2 - Sampler with Kollegah, Shiml and Favorite
  • 2018: 1982 - Album with Marteria
  • 2009: Herz aus Holz 2009
  • 2009: Mittelfinger hoch feat. Kollegah, Shiml and Favorite
  • 2011: So perfekt
  • 2011: Michael X
  • 2011: Auf und davon
  • 2013: Im Ascheregen
  • 2013: Hinterland
  • 2013: Jambalaya
  • 2014: Alles endet (aber nie die Musik)
  • 2016: Lang lebe der Tod feat. Blixa Bargeld, Dagobert & Sizarr
  • 2017: Keine Angst feat. Drangsal
  • 2017: Alles ist erleuchtet
  • 2018: Champion Sound with Marteria
  • 2018: Supernova with Marteria
  • 2018: Chardonnay & Purple Haze with Marteria


  • 2011: 1LIVE Krone - Best Album
  • 2012: Gold Record for XOXO
  • 2012: ECHO Award - Hip-Hop/Urban category


  • Casper is a fan of the football club Arminia Bielefeld. His song "Eines Tages" is dedicated to Arminia Bielefeld.[8][9]
  • In the 1LIVE Schulduell (School duel), the winning school, Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium in Düsseldorf won an exclusive concert with Casper[10]


  1. ^ a b "DER EMO-RAPPER KOMMT". (German). Retrieved July 29, 2012
  2. ^ "Casper signt bei Four Music". (German). Retrieved July 29, 2012
  3. ^ a b c "Casper Interview". (German). Retrieved July 29, 2012
  4. ^ "Casper - Interview". (German). Retrieved July 29, 2012
  5. ^ "Casper nun offiziell bei FOUR Music". (German). Retrieved July 29, 2012
  6. ^ "Casper-Interview@zdf@bauhaus 2012". (German). YouTube. Retrieved July 29, 2012
  7. ^ "Casper - Interview mit dem 'Emo-Rapper'". (German). Retrieved July 29, 2012
  8. ^ "11 Freunde Interview". (German). Retrieved November 9, 2012
  9. ^ "NW Interview". (German). Retrieved November 9, 2012
  10. ^ "1LIVE SCHULDUELL 2012". (German). Retrieved July 29, 2012