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Daniel G. L. Bull, also known as Dan Bull or "Douglby"[[note]]the pronunciation of his initials "DGLB"[[/note]], is an independent English musician famed on the Internet for his unusual stance on the DigitalPiracyIsEvil debate: he actually supports filesharing software, and writes musical open letters to various English politicians and musicians on the other side of the debate. His first such letter, to musician and ( in the vein of Music/{{Metallica}}'s Lars Ulrich) anti-piracy crusader Lily Allen, was linked on The Pirate Bay, Piratbyrån, and various other major filesharing sites and his popularity skyrocketed in a very unusual (but large!) demographic.

The strange part is that after he released his first complete album, ''Safe'', on [=BitTorrent=]... the sales went up even further. That is correct: because he released the music for free download to anyone, ''more people bought it''.

After the legislative farce that resulted in the passing of the Digital Economy Act, he wrote another letter... to English First Secretary of State Peter Mandelson, having subsequently campaigned against efforts to censor the internet in the interests of tackling dodgy porn sites (on the grounds that the reforms would do nothing, since criminals already go elsewhere).

You might also know him for both the pre- and post-reboot ending themes of LetsPlay/NerdCubed, or for his appearances on ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' as UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper and UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill. Aside from this, he has a lesser-known gaming channel [[https://www.youtube.com/user/DanBullGames here]].
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!! Provides Examples Of:
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuQPfVZbMbg Fallout 4 Special Rap]] is jam packed with it.
** He holds a very long one in the last verse of the "[[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV GTA V]] Epic Rap". Here's a snippet:
---> '''S'''inning with a '''s'''eriously '''s'''ymbiotic '''s'''ynergy\\
We're the three '''s'''imilarly '''s'''inister Gs\\
Each '''s'''ending the '''c'''inema '''s'''creen into the '''c'''emetery
** Again in the "VideoGame/HorizonZeroDawn Epic Rap":
---> Like '''R'''oman '''r'''oads are e'''r'''oded\\
A '''r'''onin '''r'''ode a '''r'''odeo\\
'''R'''ewrote the '''r'''ule; we '''r'''owed a '''r'''owboat\\
Over '''r'''ows of '''r'''apid '''r'''iver flows
* AntiChristmasSong: {{Downplayed|Trope}} with his "Non-Christmas Song", which mentions births, deaths, and events unrelated to Christmas that occurred in December 25.
* BattleRapping: Has produced and took part in several BattleRapping videos, including ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''.
* BritishTeeth: He has this in real life, and he actually made a rap about it (in his album [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xITFDjcxGwQ&t=2m09s "Hip Hop Hooray"]]).
* ClusterFBomb: Although Dan Bull isn't a stranger to profanities in his songs, the "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meDqJqoq7K0 Fuck]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Everything]]" song takes this UpToEleven.
* {{Crossover}}:
** He produced a song with the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHmXtvbmE5g "Kicky Kicky Flow"]]. The video itself prominently features LetsPlay/SimonLane, LetsPlay/LewisBrindley, LetsPlay/DuncanJones, LetsPlay/{{Sjin}} and [[Music/{{Area 11}} Sparkles*]], with references to their [[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries flagship content]].
** He produced a rap song for LetsPlay/InTheLittleWood.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4o6SffgE_M "The Crew]] features cameos from LetsPlay/DuncanJones, LetsPlay/HannahRutherford and Creator/{{Tobuscus}}, amongst others.
** He's played online games of ''TabletopGame/CardsAgainstHumanity'' with LetsPlay/{{Mangaminx}} and others.
** He had a rap battle with iDubbbz (a Youtuber in the vein of [=H3H3=] and not particularly known for any musical talent), of all people, capitalizing of the Battlefield 1 vs Infinite Warfare trailer debacle. Dan Bull played Battlefield 1 with truly ''epic'' attack verses set to a remix of Seven Nation Army, while iDubbbz gave a ''[[StylisticSuck hilariously awful]]'' series of rebuttal verses set to a horrifically amateur verse, mirroring the respective game trailers and fan reactions.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: The whole filesharing community loves this guy.
* EvilIsHammy: When playing Jack the Ripper on ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''.
* FanDisservice: Him taking his shirt off in "Dear Miley".
* {{Homage}}: "John Lennon" is a big one to, well, Music/JohnLennon. The video clip even looks like the frames are drawn by Lennon himself.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The lyrics of "John Lennon" has lots of puns on Music/JohnLennon and Music/TheBeatles' song titles.
** Dan Bull made a rap about sewing equipment as part of an auction. Naturally, the rap contains a lot of words and puns related to sewing; it's even {{lampshaded}} in the hook:
---> Re-read the [[StealthPun text; I'll]] hide a load of sewing puns
* IntersceneDiegetic: Usually happens in his videos. For example, at the beginning of his [[Franchise/MassEffect Mass Effect One and Two]] Epic Rap, there's an image of Shepard talking, and it's assumed that he's rapping. However, as we switch to the rest of the video, his raps are still heard.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Licking [[GRatedDrug broccoli]] turns him into a {{Jerkass}} (he says it's an allergy), and the video background turns into a SicklyGreenGlow.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: The hook of the ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' rap is a dark rendition of the popular French children's song "Alouette".
* KindheartedCatLover: He takes care of several cats, and he loves them so much that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tm7TktS55Y he made a rap about them.]]
* MotorMouth: His raps frequently highlight this.
* {{Nerdcore}}: On the edge of it.
* ShapedLikeItself: "How to Make a How to Video" is a how to video that describes how to make a how to video.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: "How to Make a How to Video". There's no rapping in the video at all.
* TakeThat: Any of his open letters.
** Exaggerated to the point of parody in "Fuck Everything", which is a TakeThat to nearly every group, item or concept, even contradicting ones.
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: His rap called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XfLv8xPLpQ "20 Years of Resident Evil"]] gives a description of the story-line in rhyme for the first five games. For the ''sixth'' game...
--> "Resident Evil 6 is an action-adventure third-person shooter video game developed and published by Capcom. That is all I wish to say about Resident Evil 6 at this point in time. Thank you."
* ThinkOfTheChildren: This gets mocked in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTeENEQkBKE "The Porn Minister"]], with regards to proposed regulations to try and censor the web. "Think of the children, think of the children! [[SarcasmMode A free and open internet's]] [[SlipperySlopeFallacy probably gonna kill them!"]]
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->'''[[TheStinger DAN BULL!!]]'''\\
[[TheStinger (douglby)]]