Lance Butters is a German battle rapper whose identity is undisclosed, and is publicly seen wearing a gold mask similar to the Marvel character Iron Man. His lyrics are aggressive, arrogant, and violent, but his rapping style is slow and laid-back, and properly enunciated. He often raps about drugs, and is frequently seen puffing on a blunt. Born in 1988 in a German town called Ulm, Butters began rapping around 2006, and competed in online battle rap tournament VBT in 2010. He started releasing free tracks and uploading videos to YouTube that year, but he quit the battle rap scene the following year in order to pursue more widespread success. He formed Frank Castle Cooking Gang in 2011 with producer Bennett On and fellow rapper coru, releasing an online EP called cooking sum. Butters' self-released 2012 EP, Selfish, was well received, and in 2013 he signed a contract with Four Music, the label founded by German rap pioneers Die Fantastischen Vier. Butters' first release for the label was the Futureshit EP, which was a moderate commercial success but was criticized for being poorly mixed. Butters announced that he was recording a full-length, and despite teasing that the album would take his sound into a more pop-friendly direction, Blaow (which finally arrived in 2015) found him staying true to his sound. The album was a success, hitting number two on the German album charts. ~ Paul Simpson
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