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The Epic Rap Battles of History, shortened to ERB, are a series of YouTube videos created by Peter Shukoff (Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (EpidLLOYD). The videos involve pitting famous historical or pop culture against, either fictional or otherwise, in a rap battle format.
The early episodes of the series only featured EpicLLOYD and Nice Peter as actors for the characters, later episodes (especially in the second season) featured YouTube stars such as Felix Kjellberg (as Mikhail Baryshnikov), DeStorm Power (as Mr. T), George Watsky (as William Shakespeare and the 4th Doctor), Keegan-Michael Key (as Mahatma Gandhi), Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal (as Wilbur and Orville Wright), Jenna “Marbles” Mourney (as Eve), and famous rapper Calvin Cordozar “Snoop Dogg/Lion” Broadus Jr. (as Moses).
The first video was titled “John Lennon V Bill O’Reilly”, which pit musician and former Beatle, John Lennon (Nice Peter) against FOX news anchor Bill O’ Reilly (EpicLLOYD) and was uploaded on Peter’s channel who had previous musical talent.
The video quickly got a lot of fame which lead the two to make a second rap battle, “Darth Vader vs Hitler”. Which featured German politician and leader of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler rapping against fictional Sith Lord, Darth Vader.