Daniel G. L. Bull (born 27 March 1986), also known as Dan Bull or "Douglby"note , is an independent English musician famed on the Internet for his unusual stance on the Digital Piracy Is Evil 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 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 Nerd³, or for his appearances on Epic Rap Battles of History as Jack the Ripper and Winston Churchill. Aside from this, he has a lesser-known gaming channel here.
Provides Examples Of:
- Added Alliterative Appeal: Appears throughout almost every bar of his Fallout 4 Special Rap, with each letter matching the letter of the associated S.P.E.C.I.A.L. stat (Strength uses s, Perception uses p, and so on).
- He holds a very long one in the last verse of the "GTA V Epic Rap". Here's a snippet:Sinning with a seriously symbiotic synergy
We're the three similarly sinister Gs
Each sending the cinema screen into the cemetery
- Also done in the "Dishonored 2 Epic Rap":Illumination with immolation
Incineration and inhalation of the vapour's incapacitation
I'm impudent indemnification's insolent incarnation
Your argument just is invalidation
- Again in the "Horizon Zero Dawn Epic Rap":Like Roman roads are eroded
A ronin rode a rodeo
Rewrote the rule; we rowed a rowboat
Over rows of rapid river flows
- He holds a very long one in the last verse of the "GTA V Epic Rap". Here's a snippet:
- Anti-Christmas Song: Downplayed with his "Non-Christmas Song", which mentions births, deaths, and events unrelated to Christmas that occurred in December 25.
- Arc Words: His Assassin's Creed raps have the recurring phrase "I'm an assassin".
- Battle Rapping: Has produced and took part in several Battle Rapping videos, including Epic Rap Battles of History.
- British Teeth: He has this in real life, and he actually made a rap about it (in his album "Hip Hop Hooray").
- Cluster F-Bomb: Although Dan Bull isn't a stranger to profanities in his songs, the "Fuck Everything" song takes this Up to Eleven.
- He produced a song with the Yogscast called "Kicky Kicky Flow". The video itself prominently features Simon Lane, Lewis Brindley, Duncan Jones, Sjin and Sparkles*, with references to their flagship content.
- He produced a rap song for In The Little Wood.
- "The Crew features cameos from Duncan Jones, Hannah Rutherford and Tobuscus, amongst others.
- He's played online games of Cards Against Humanity with 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 hilariously awful series of rebuttal verses set to a horrifically amateur verse, mirroring the respective game trailers and fan reactions.
- He's teamed up with Tay Zonday for an Overwatch rap for Doomfist.
- He collaborated with The Stupendium for a rap song about Frost Punk. Later on, 11 Bit Studios sponsored him and The Stupendium in making a another Frostpunk Song.
- He contributed a verse to JT Music's ARK Survival Evolved rap.
- His "Fortnite Rap Battle Royale" video had lines sung by one hundred different youtubers, including Jacks Films, Nerd³, and Muselk.
- Digital Piracy Is Okay: The whole filesharing community loves this guy. A number of his music videos end with him listing areas where listeners can find the songs, often including The Pirate Bay.
- Evil Is Hammy: When playing Jack the Ripper on Epic Rap Battles of History.
- As well as playing Jack Baker in Home is Where the Hate Is.
- Fan Disservice: Him taking his shirt off in "Dear Miley".
- Homage: "John Lennon" is a big one to, well, John Lennon. The video clip even looks like the frames are drawn by Lennon himself.
- Hurricane of Puns: The lyrics of "John Lennon" has lots of puns on John Lennon and The Beatles' song titles.
- Interscene Diegetic: Usually happens in his videos. For example, at the beginning of his 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.
- Intoxication Ensues: Licking broccoli turns him into a Jerkass (he says it's an allergy), and the video background turns into a Sickly Green Glow.
- Ironic Nursery Rhyme: The hook of the Assassin's Creed: Unity rap is a dark rendition of the popular French children's song "Alouette".
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: He takes care of several cats, and he loves them so much that he made a rap about them.
- Lampshade Hanging: In his McCree rap, he points out how ridiculous some of his references can be after referencing John Green."Read 'em and weep like a John Green feature... novel... No other rapper would say that!
- Motor Mouth: His raps frequently highlight this.
- Nerdcore: On the edge of it.
- Once per Episode: Every episode of Dan's Rap Roasts series has a part where he makes Significant Anagrams of phrases using Scrabble. His rap roast of KSI even has a whole verse made with only anagrams.
- In Dan's video "FORTNITE RAP BATTLE ROYALE", several of the YouTubers shown mock their lack of skill by rapping about getting shot or hiding in shrubberies.
- He makes fun of his own weird references in the McCreerap.
- Shaped Like Itself: "How to Make a How to Video" is a how to video that describes how to make a how to video.
"The heart of your dungeons' the Dungeon Heart"
- Also in the lyrics to his Dungeon Keeper rap:
- Something Completely Different: "How to Make a How to Video". There's no rapping in the video at all.
- Take That!: Any of his open letters.
- Exaggerated in "Fuck Everything", which is a Take That! to nearly every group, item or concept, even contradicting ones.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: His rap called "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."
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: His rap roast of Logan Paul is an absolutely brutal example, calling out the vlogger for his controversial suicide forest video (which we shall not discuss here) and dissecting everything about it, from his rationale for creating it to the apology video he posted. The video description has a shorter but no less effective one:Everybody knows Logan Paul and his pranks by now, but I made this diss track at the beginning of the year when he did the suicide video. After Logan made a video apology I decided not to publish it. After he tasered a dead rat and tried to give CPR to a dying fish, I changed my mind once again. Here it is. Logang 4 Life.
- His rap roast of Jacob-Rees Mogg is a far more comic example, mocking the politician's proposed ban on certain words in Parliament and his alt-right connections.
- Think of the Children!: This gets mocked in "The Porn Minister", with regards to proposed regulations to try and censor the web. "Think of the children, think of the children! A free and open internet's probably gonna kill them!"