If you look on YouTube you’re bound to find parody videos of all stripes and colors. Some are good, while others are amateurish at best. There are a few professional ones that stand out with their own unique brand of satire on pop culture. Yet one stands out from the rest for its incredible talent, uniqueness, and utmost cleverness. You must check out Epic Rap Battles of History.
Normally I avoid this genre of music in any capacity, so I wouldn’t have bothered looking at these videos before. It was during the 2012 presidential campaign I was looking for some hilarious YouTube parodies on Romney and Obama. That was my introduction to the Epic Rap Battles of History channel.
Instead of the usual and likely pairings of current celebrities in mock rap battle, they take it many steps further. Yes, Epic Rap Battles of History do have historical figures, both present day and ancient, going head to head rapping, complete with subtitles. Basically it’s like doing a comedy roast on your opponent. However, in rap battles the lyrics must rhyme, and the objective is to insult your opponent by having the last word.
The creators include Nice Peter (Peter Shukoff), Lloyd Alhquist or epicLLOYD, and Maker Studios as geniuses and masterminds of these video productions. Oftentimes they star in the videos, though a number of other comedic actors will join forces. By far these are some of the most entertaining parody videos the internet has to offer. Now you can be entertained by their top eight videos of the craziest pairings in rap battle history, both dead and alive.
Disclaimer: Some of the videos contain profanity and other offensive materials.
Sarah Palin vs. Lady Gaga
Who can’t get enough of satirizing this former bimbo politician and the artsy-fartsy pop-dance club musician? Nice Peter makes a stellar Lady Gaga, except she’s too tall and skinny for the real one. Otherwise, each performance is spot on, including Palin’s wretched nasally voice.
Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney
Oddly enough this isn’t one of their better rap battle videos, except for a cameo by Abraham Lincoln (remarkable performance by Nice Peter) saving the day. epicLLOYD is brilliant as Mitt Romney. This is the one and the same video that introduced me to this YouTube series.
Frank Sinatra vs. Freddie Mercury
When I first saw this video I was completely speechless on who played Freddie Mercury (Nice Peter). The only one complaint I have is the real one wasn’t as skinny. Otherwise, it’s like seeing the legendary front man for the rock band Queen resurrected. Lloyd as Sinatra is weak, but the voice and mannerisms are good.
Babe Ruth vs. Lance Armstrong
Now we’re getting into the best of the best videos with this one being their most recent production. From start to finish it is utterly amazing. Peter as Lance and Lloyd as the Bambino is truly epic. Here we have an early 20th century baseball legend rapping with a late 20th century/21st century technologically and pharmaceutically-enhanced athlete. The rap lyrics are hysterical, but true. As a matter of fact the university I graduated from (University of Tampa) has a historical plaque on campus where Babe Ruth hit his longest homerun during Spring Training.
Billy Mays vs. Ben Franklin
This one is sheer genius all the way through. There is a surprise you’ll have to see for yourselves near the end. This is what Epic Rap Battles of History is all about, the pairing of an ancient historical figure with a contemporary one. Lloyd as Ben Franklin is a scream, while another actor portrays the late TV/infomercial pitchman. His voice as Mays is eerily similar. Remember ShamWow guy? The late Billy Mays died in Tampa, where I currently live. He lived in the same part of town where I’m residing.
Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley
It starts off with the young and adorable Michael Jackson as part of the Jackson 5, played by a very talented child actor. Lloyd is both the skinny and fat Elvis’s. How hilarious is it to see Elvis eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches throughout the rap battle. The highlight is when MJ, now in heaven, continues battling on. Nice Peter plays the older Michael Jackson to perfection.
Nikola Tesla vs. Thomas Edison
One of the nice things about this series is the re-writing of history. They take a topic that has been drilled in school children’s heads for decades and bring a hidden truth to the forefront. It’s been said Tesla brought this free energy to the world that we call electricity. Yet some vested interests wanted to make a buck off it. Lloyd as Edison is uncanny, while Peter as Tesla is a marvel. Here are the real history lesson boys and girls. Their rapping is out of this world.
Justin Bieber vs. Ludwig van Beethoven
Right now this is one of their fastest rising videos in the series, because of its sheer brilliance. Once again the folks at ERB (Epic Rap Battles of History) have done it again. They’ve taken a 19th century music icon that’s battling it out with some smarmy 21st century fly-by-night pop star wannabe. The collision course is both entertaining and epic. Whoever the actor is portraying Bieber (Alex Farnham), he plays a better Bieber than the real-life one.
You’ve got to give mad props to Nice Peter as Beethoven. Lloyd has a brief cameo as Bach. One of the featured rap lines is given by Bieber when he tells Beethoven “when’s the last time your music got anybody laid?” What about Bieber’s dreadful drek that’s called music? Bieber also throws in “who even listens to classical anyway?” What about wealthy classical music patrons over the centuries to present day?