We at MovieViral know our viral videos pretty well, so we decided to share our knowledge to those looking to expand their Internet horizons. YouTube Tuesday is a weekly feature where we shine the spotlight on our favorite YouTube channels related to movies and television. We focus on channels that provide new videos on a regular basis, especially ones that we feel need more exposure. This week we are featuring the self-explanatory Epic Rap Battles of History.
Peter Alexis Shukoff, aka Nice Peter, is a very popular YouTube personality who does humorous musical bits like Picture Songs. His channel debuted the series Epic Rap Battles of History, co-created with Epic Lloyd in September of 2010, and they were an instant hit. The concept is pretty simple: Using user submissions, two historical individuals, current celebrities, or even fictional characters rap battle each other. While other YouTubers often guest star, usually Nice Peter and Epic Lloyd play the main roles. The first episode was John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly, but the most popular one by far has been Darth Vader vs. Adolf Hitler, which has over 56 million views.
The Epic Rap Battles of History have helped Nice Peter gain over 1.5 million subscribers and almost half a billion video views. For the second season (which debuted with a Vader/Hitler rematch), the battles moved to their own channel, but the views are still coming for this monthly series. Watch their latest battle, featuring the first all female cast, below.