It’s more than just a popular web series. Epic Rap Battles of History is a phenomenon. Two guys named Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd started a YouTube channel where they dressed up as historical figures to have rap battles in character. Sometimes the opponents are contemporary rivals like Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison or Martin Luther King vs. Mahatma Ghandi (That happened). Other times, we see legendary figures against modern sometimes counterparts like Blackbeard vs. Al Capone, Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven or Babe Ruth vs Lance Armstrong. More recently they’ve broadened their scope to have historical figures battling characters from film and television like Genghis Khan vs. The Easter Bunny, Batman vs. Sherlock Holmes, Master Chief vs. Leonidas and the truly epic – Adolf Hitler vs. Darth Vader.
Be warned that these videos are PG-13 so don’t lose your minds when you hear some salty language. Yeah, they go there in Epic Rap Battles of History.
Not that we ever thought we wanted to see this happen in real life, but for the super-low price of free, the world (18+ years of age) can also bear witness to all-character battles like Master Chief vs. Leonidas, Batman vs. Sherlock Holmes, Doc Brown vs. Doctor Who and one of my personal favourites, Goku vs. Superman. What makes ERB so wildly popular is how interactive it is. At the end of every video, they ask, “Who won? Who’s next? You decide.” Indeed viewers argue about who won but ultimately have a say of which battle we’ll see next. They also have behind-the-scenes videos for the battles, which I absolutely love. Usually I’ll watch a battle, watch the behind-the-scenes video and then watch the battle again. Their popularity has also brought them celebrity guest rappers like Snoop Dog, Key and Peele, YouTube stars, De Storm, Smosh, Ray William Johnson and many more. They just completed season three and I’m looking forward to season four. In the meantime, we’ve got forty-five battles to tide us over until the next, new one.