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Epic Rap Battles of History (YouTube Series)

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The series' logo and YouTube avatar
Battle Information
First Released September 26th, 2010
Latest Release July 20, 2015
Number of Episodes 56 (official)
2 (unofficial)
Genre Comedy

Epic Rap Battles of History, officially shortened to ERB or ERBoH, is a YouTube video series created by Peter Shukoff (Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (EpicLLOYD). The series features famous historical and pop culture figures, both fictional and non-fictional, against one another in a rap battle format. Every battle has some sort of connection between the figures used in each battle.


Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD first met freestyling on a porch in Chicago. EpicLLOYD recruited Nice Peter to join the improv comedy group Mission IMPROVable, which he helped found at the University of Massachusetts and later expanded across the country.

The idea for historical figures rapping against each other was conceived by Ahlquist, who gave the idea to Shukoff (the two later created a demo track, Michael J. Fox vs Chucky) as an improvised show, which was titled "Check One Two", as the two worked on improvisation skits, along with Zach Sherwin. They were met with lots of difficulty at first and decided that it would fare much better as a YouTube series than an improv show. The first three rap battles were each shot on a $50 budget. The series' second installment, Darth Vader vs Hitler skyrocketed the series' popularity, as well as the viewers for Nice Peter's and EpicLLOYD's channels.

After fifteen battles, the series ended its first season with "The Final Battle: Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD", and launched Season 2 on December 8, 2011, with a dedicated YouTube channel. ERB later returned with a third season in October 7, 2013, with Hitler vs Vader 3. A fourth season has also begun, with Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters as its premiere.


Main article: List of Epic Rap Battles of History

Awards and nominations

Awards and Nominations for Epic Rap Battles of History
Year Award Show Category Result Recipient(s)
2013 3rd Streamy Awards Best Writing: Comedy Nominated Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist
Best Online Musician Won Peter Shukoff
Best Original Song Won Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist (Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates)
Best Music Series Won Epic Rap Battles of History
Best Use of Fashion & Design Won Mary Doodles
1st YouTube Music Awards Video of the Year Nominated Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney
Artist of the Year Nominated Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahquist
2014 4th Streamy Awards
Best Editing Nominated Andrew Sherman, Ryan Moulton, Daniel Turcan, and Nice Peter
Best Collaboration Nominated Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, and Snoop Dogg
Best Writing Won Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, Zach Sherwin, Dante Cimadamore, and Mike Betette
Best Music Video Won Goku vs Superman
Best Use of Costume Design Won Sulai Lopez


  • There have been a total of 22 battles where Peter and Lloyd portray and voice the only two title rappers.
    • There have been 24 if the times where Lloyd voiced Leonidas while Jesse Wellens physically portrayed him and Peter voiced Nikola Tesla while he was portrayed by Dante are included.

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