Dan Bull

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Dan Bull
Bull at the Digital Economy Bill demonstrations in London, 24 March 2010
Bull at the Digital Economy Bill demonstrations in London, 24 March 2010
Background information
Birth nameDaniel G. L. Bull
Also known asDouglby
Born (1986-03-27) 27 March 1986 (age 34)
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England
OriginBromsgrove, Worcestershire,
England
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, songwriter, gamer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active2006–present
LabelsUnsigned
Associated actsEpic Rap Battles of History, PewDiePie, The Yogscast, Element Animation, Bonecage, NerdOut, The Stupendium, KSI, H2O Delirious, Randolph, Roomie, Boyinaband, Markiplier, Jacksfilms, Grandayy, Miracle of Sound, Dolan Dark, Jacksepticeye
Websiteitsdanbull.com

Daniel G. L. Bull (born 27 March 1986) is a British rapper and songwriter known best for his songs about video games, which he publishes on his YouTube channel.

His videos feature him playing various games with fellow artist Dave Brown ("Boyinaband") and fellow YouTube personalities such as Michelle 'The RPG Minx', Markiplier, and Adam Montoya. Bull's music was featured in the British press as part of attempts to save BBC Radio 6,[1][2] campaign against the Digital Economy Bill,[3] and protest in favour of filesharing.[4] He was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which is referenced in some of his songs, such as "A Portrait of the Autist".

Career[edit]

Bull has released songs on subjects such as YouTube issues, digital rights, the music industry, and gaming.[5][6][7] Bull's actions have gained attention, specifically from the TalkTalk Group, who requested to team up with him against the Digital Economy Bill.[8]

Bull creates gaming raps, ranging with the subgenres nerdcore, political and comedy hip hop. He was briefly partnered with Machinima; however, due to a dispute[9] he now uploads videos independently. He also recorded the theme song for popular YouTuber Nerd³, as well as making an appearance with British gaming group, The Yogscast, with the song "Kicky Kicky Flow" (a rap about Simon Lane and Lewis Brindley), and InTheLittleWood rap (a rap about Martyn Littlewood, another Yogscast member).

Bull's album Face was released in December 2011. The 12-track album includes ten brand new songs as well as the 2010 tracks "America" and "John Lennon". The album focuses on topics such as medical recovery, war, love, Asperger's syndrome, alcoholism, and pride.[10]

In 2013, Bull was featured on KSI's Football Rap Battles episode along with his friend and fellow rapper Randolph. Bull's third studio album, The Garden, was released on 31 August 2014. The album features guest appearances from Joey Gzus and long-time collaborator Beit Nun.

In 2014, Bull portrayed a depiction of Jack the Ripper in an episode of the YouTube series Epic Rap Battles of History. Bull later returned to the Epic Rap Battles in 2016 performing a depiction of Winston Churchill.

On 27 March 2015, he released his fourth album, Bullmatic. It is Bull's re-imagining of Nas' classic 1994 album Illmatic: for example, Nas' "N.Y. State of Mind" is re-imagined as "U.K. State of Mind".[11] Bull also voiced Minstrel in the 2015 indie game, Volume.

On 29 June 2015, Bull teamed up with Beit Nun, to release their long-awaited collaborative EP, Brandy Night.

On 13 January 2017, Bull released his fifth album, Hip Hop Hooray. It features comedy songs, such as "Rugbuggery" and "Wiggly Willy" as well as serious life stories such as "I Hurt Myself" and "I'm Going to be a Daddy."

On 6 January 2018, Bull sang H2ODelirious' "10 MILLION SUBSCRIBER MUSIC VIDEO", which was animated by VyronixLiam. It is uploaded on H2ODelirious' channel and Dan Bull's Spotify.

On 23 March 2019, Bull released Robocopyright, a song criticizing Article 13 of the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. This song also featured other YouTubers such as PewDiePie, Jacksepticeye and Roomie. The main video was released on Grandayy's YouTube channel.[12]

Dan has collabed with Dan 'Nerdcubed' Hardcastle on a number of occasions and has performed both of Hardcastle's YouTube channel intros and outros. He also wrote and performed the theme for Demma series featuring Emma Blackery.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Safe (2009)
  • Face (2011)
  • Generation Gaming (2013)
  • Generation Gaming II (2014)
  • The Garden (2014)
  • Generation Gaming III (2014)
  • Generation Gaming IV (2015)
  • Generation Gaming V (2015)
  • Generation Gaming VI (2015)
  • Generation Gaming VII (2015)
  • Bullmatic (2015)
  • Generation Gaming VIII (2015)
  • Brandy Night [alongside Beit Nun] (2015)
  • Generation Gaming IX (2015)
  • The Life of Pablo (2016)
  • Generation Gaming X (2016)
  • Generation Gaming XI (2016)
  • Hip Hop Hooray (2017)
  • Generation Gaming XII (2017)
  • Dan Bull: The Epic Discography (2017)
  • Generation Gaming XIII (2017)
  • Generation Gaming XIV (2018)
  • Generation Gaming XV (2018)
  • Generation Gaming XVI (2018)
  • Generation Gaming XVII (2019)
  • Generation Gaming XVIII (2019)
  • Generation Gaming XIX (2019)

Videos[edit]

  • Destiny (2013)
  • Dear Lily (2009)
  • Doorways (2009)
  • Free Gary (2009)
  • Generation Gaming (2009)
  • Dear Andy (2010)
  • Dear Mandy (2010)
  • Death of ACTA (2010)
  • Dear Auntie (2010)
  • Wikileaks and the Need for Free Speech (2010)
  • SOPA Cabana (2011)
  • Dear Microsoft (2011)
  • Bye Bye BPI (2012)
  • A Portrait of the Autist (2013)
  • Kicky Kicky Flow ft. The Yogscast (2013)
  • Hey There NSA ! (2014)
  • Dungeon keeper (2014)
  • endermen rap 2017
  • The NSA Hate This Song :)* (2014)
  • Tony Benn (2014)
  • Avengers Infinity Wars (Dan Bull as Doctor Strange) by NerdOut ft.Various Artists
  • Robocopyright (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Taylor, Matthew (3 March 2010). "BBC 6 Music: fans and stars join growing protest". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Dan Bull adds a musical touch to the Save 6Music & the Asian Network campaign". The Metro. London. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  3. ^ Garlick, Hattie (26 November 2009). "Peter Mandelson and the Digital Economy Bill: the musical". The Times. Retrieved 8 December 2010.[dead link]
  4. ^ Phillips, Tom (28 September 2009). "A letter to Lily". The Ridiculant. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Dan Bull pens letter to Lily Allen". Excite UK. 28 September 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  6. ^ Ivan, Tom (8 November 2010). "News: Want a new Elder Scrolls? So does this UK rapper". ComputerAndVideoGames.com. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  7. ^ Gonzalez, Annette (4 July 2010). "The[Crafty]Gamer: Dan Bull (Generation Gaming Rap)". Gameinformer. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  8. ^ "TalkTalk gets musical with digital economy bill opposition". 15 March 2010. Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  9. ^ Bull, Daniel. "About Dan Bull". itsdanbull.com. Daniel Bull. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
  10. ^ "FAQ". itsdanbull.com. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  11. ^ Bull, Dan. "Bullmatic (2015)". Itsdanbull.com. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Robocopyright: Dan Bull's rap anthem for the defeat of #Article13". Boing Boing. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

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