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Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson. Epic Rap Battles of History - Season 5

Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson
Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson
Battle information
Release date May 30, 2016 (uncensored)
June 1, 2016 (censored)
Number 61
Views 14,000,000+ (as of April 1)
Length 3:22
Timeline
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Next James Bond vs Austin Powers
Other information
Actors Nice Peter
J. B. Smoove
EpicLLOYD (reused footage)
Alphacat (reused footage)
Kimmy Gatewood (reused footage)
Rappers Thomas Jefferson In BattleFrederick Douglass In Battle
Cameo(s) Marilyn Monroe (reused footage)
Babe Ruth (reused footage)
Ben Franklin (reused footage)
Barack Obama (reused footage)
Thomas Edison (reused footage)
Clint Eastwood (reused footage)
Elvis Presley (reused footage)
Hulk Hogan (reused footage)
Location(s) Monticello
Cedar Hill
Compton, California
Mount Rushmore

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.

Cast

Rappers

Nice Peter as Thomas Jefferson

J. B. Smoove as Frederick Douglass

Cameos

Nice Peter as Hulk Hogan (reused footage)

EpicLLOYD as Ben Franklin, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Thomas Edison, and Babe Ruth (all reused footage)

Alphacat as Barack Obama (reused footage)

Kimmy Gatewood as Marilyn Monroe (reused footage)

Lyrics

Thomas Jefferson:

When in the course of human events,

It becomes necessary for a battle to commence,

Then kplow! I hit 'em with the illness of my quill!

I'm endowed with certain unalienable skills!

Let me run down my résumé, will ya?

Set up a little place called the United States; sound familiar?

I told King George he could eat a fat dick!

When it comes to declarations, I'm the first draft pick!

I'll topple any tyrant, so kings and pirates beware!

I'm so down with revolutions, I invented the swivel chair!

(Oh!) I've many volumes on my shelves, it's true,

But I've yet to read the three books you wrote about YOU!

Looking like a skunk in a three-piece suit,

Didn't come back from Paris to battle Pepé Le Pew!

First Secretary of State, VP number two!

Not to mention third President; the fuck'd you do?

Frederick Douglass:

You finished? …Okay.

Straight outta bondage! A brainy mother fucker here to diss you!

Big hair, big nuts, big issues!

Starting with your nickel: there's a real declaration!

Heads for racist, tails for slave plantation!

You're a soft white Monticello Marshmallow!

Watching my people sweat while you sat playing cello! Hello!

But now you're facing me, Freddy D!

I'd never work for your ass, but I'll kick it for free!

(Ugh!) Your stone face on Rushmore ain't nothing!

Check my photos: now, that's real muggin'!

The face of a free man, taught himself to read, man!

No compromise; you couldn't whip a 5th of me, man!

You got a self-evident truth of your own:

You let freedom ring, but never picked up the phone!

Thomas Jefferson:

Aw, Frederick, I've never heard a verse I dug less.

Alright, I admit it. I confess!

I participated in a broken system that I hated,

But I needed to keep my financial status situated!

And the words I used were "hideous blot"

To describe the slave trade and the pain it hath brought!

And I fought to stop the trade of new slaves in Virginia

When I ran the whole state and still made it home for dinner!

So forgive me; I was busy, man. I had a lot to do,

But we did it. You're free now, so…we cool?

Frederick Douglass:

This ain't Louisiana, man. I ain't buying it!

You talk about freedom, but you ain't applying shit!

So no, we ain't cool, you founding absentee father!

Man, you had six babies with your slave mama and never even bothered

To free her when you died on the 4th of July!

It's a very important holiday, but what the fuck does it mean to this guy?

'Cause I celebrate December 6th, 1865:

The day the 13th damn amendment was ratified!

And I ceased to be an alien to your unalienable rights

And we the people stopped meaning we the people who are white!

Man, you did some good things; I ain't denying your fame.

I'm just saying they need to put an asterisk next to your name.

Poll

Who Won?
 
2362
 
1322
 

The poll was created at 16:12 on May 30, 2016, and so far 3684 people voted.

Trivia

General

  • This is the fourth battle where one rapper attempts to make amends with the other, after Adam vs Eve, Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr., and Jim Henson vs Stan Lee.
    • This is the first time it was unsuccessful.
  • A preview of Ivan the Terrible standing behind Zach Sherwin can briefly be seen during the Behind the Scenes end slate of the outro.
  • This is the first battle since Oprah vs Ellen not to have more than one Behind the Scenes video.
  • This is the second battle of Season 5 to feature two title rappers that are known as being authors, after J. R. R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin.
  • This is the second battle to be released on Memorial Day, after Lewis and Clark vs Bill and Ted.
    • 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.
    • This is the second battle overall to have a censored version on an official ERB channel, after John Lennon vs Bill O'Reilly.
      • John Lennon vs Bill O'Reilly was initially released on YouTube as "Bill O'Reilly Flips Out on John Lennon",[1] which was censored; however, this version was not released in audio format.
    • This is the fourth battle to have censors overall, after John Lennon vs Bill O'Reilly, Mario Bros vs Wright Bros, and Donald Trump vs Ebenezer Scrooge.
    • 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.

References

  • The shot of Frederick Douglass in Compton, California, is made to parody the "Straight Outta Compton" music video by N.W.A.[2]

Errors

  • 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.

Related videos

References

Epic Rap Battles of History

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