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Battle Information
First Released September 26, 2010
Latest Release May 18, 2016
Number of Episodes 60 (official)
2 (unofficial)
Genre Comedy
Entertainment
Education

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 a connection that links the figures used in that battle.

History of the series

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 8th, 2011, with its own dedicated YouTube channel. ERB later returned with a third season on October 7th, 2013, with Hitler vs Vader 3. A fourth season also began on November 10th, 2014, with Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters as its premiere.

In 2015, the series went on its first tour.

On December 16th, 2015, ERB released its first bonus battle, Deadpool vs Boba Fett. It is the first official battle not to be associated with a season.

Season 5 began on May 2nd, 2016, with J. R. R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin as its premiere.

Episodes

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 Ahlquist
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
2015 26th Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Digital Series Nominated Epic Rap Battles of History
5th Streamy Awards
Best Collaboration Won Nice Peter, EpicLLOYD, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart
Best Use of Costume Design Won Sulai Lopez
Best Editing Won Andrew Sherman, Ryan Moulton, Daniel Turcan, and Peter Shukoff
Best Writing Nominated Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist, Zach Sherwin, Dante Cimadamore, and Mike Betette
2016 27th Producers Guild of America Awards Outstanding Digital Series Nominated Epic Rap Battles of History

Trivia

  • There have been a total of 24 battles with Peter and Lloyd as the main actors and rappers.
    • There have been 26 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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