Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson is the sixty-first installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the third episode of Season 5. It features American Founding Father, writer of the Declaration of Independence, and third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, rapping against anti-slavery activist, author, and politician, Frederick Douglass. The uncensored version was released on May 30th, 2016, and the censored version was released on June 1, 2016.
Coincidentally, Lewis & Clark were dispatched by Jefferson on their famous expedition across North America.
This is the first battle to have one rapper behind and one rapper in front of the Epic Rap Battles of History logo on the cover art; however, both rappers appear behind the ERB logo on the alternative censored cover.
On KKBOX, the title is flipped, reading as "Thomas Jefferson vs Frederick Douglass"; however, the title reads normally for the alternative censored version.
This is the first battle to have two separate audio releases: one censored and one uncensored.
The censored version of this battle was briefly uploaded on the official ERB channel, but it was removed and reuploaded onto ERB2.
On the cover art for the censored audio, a different image of Thomas Jefferson is used to the uncensored version; Jefferson also appears behind the ERB logo and Frederick Douglass' image is differently sized.
The shot of Frederick Douglass in Compton, California, is made to parody the "Straight Outta Compton" music video by N.W.A.
When Frederick Douglass flips the nickel, it can be seen spinning in the air horizontally, and it's clearly seen that Thomas Jefferson's face and Monticello are both oriented similarly, yet when it lands in Douglass' hand, he flips it once more, vertically, and Monticello is oriented the same way as before. A vertical flip would've oriented it upside-down in these conditions.
During the line, "Heads for racist, tails for slave plantation," the subtitles instead read, "Heads for racist, tails for a slave plantation."
This is fixed in the censored version of the video.
As Douglass sits on the steps of Monticello on the nickel, the legs of the chair aren't on the same level as each other, yet Douglass inexplicably remains balanced.
During the line, "Now that's real muggin'," the subtitles instead read, "Now that real muggin'."
During the line, "No compromise," when Frederick Douglass faces to the side, the white streak in his hair is gone.
During the line, "Man, you had six babies with your slave mama," the subtitles omit the "man".
This is also fixed in the censored video.
Throughout the battle, the lights emitted from Cedar Hill can be seen leaking through the hill in front of them.