When it comes to rap battles, that final scene from 8 mile, an instrumental of Mobb Deep’s ‘Shook Ones’ or the Don’t Flop series is generally what springs to mind. However, if you’d prefer to see the likes of Darth Vader spit some forceful bars rather than the likes of Lunar C then look no further than Epic Rap Battles of History.
The brainchild of both Peter Shukoff, who also goes by the moniker ‘Nice Peter’, and Lloyd Ahlquist, aka EpicLLOYD is the brilliantly bizarre Epic Rap Battles of History. Since its inception in 2010 Epic Rap Battles of History has grown to become one of the most popular channels on YouTube amassing almost 13 million subscribers. The videos see famous characters throughout history battle it out to be crowned lord of the mic with the video’s viewers deciding the eventual winner and who they would like to see take one another on in the next insatallment. Whether it is Adolf Hitler battling Darth Vader or Miley Cyrus taking on Joan of Arc Epic Rap Battles of History have just about covered it all when it comes to weird and whacky rap battles.
Learning about history through the medium of rap battles, what better combination could you ask for?
If you are looking to get your fix of history coinciding with a bit rap battling you can catch the duo doing their thing at The Garage London this September 30th.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Epic Rap Battles of History