German rap artist Casper, born Benjamin Griffey in the village of Bosingfeld, spent his formative years overseas with his mother in Augusta, Georgia. It was there, amid a fertile, American hard rock, rap, and hip-hop scene, that he began to develop a talent for rhyming. He moved back to Germany as a teen and formed a metalcore band, A Fear Called Treason, before deciding to release a solo mixtape called Die Welt Hört Mich in 2006. His debut album, Hin zur Sonne, arrived in 2008, followed by XOXO in 2011. ~ James Christopher Monger
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