Epic Rap Battles of History discography

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Epic Rap Battles of History discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
Singles 45
Music videos 45

The following is the discography of the cast from the web series Epic Rap Battles of History. The series was created by Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist. Additionally, Maker Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, produces, directs and distributes the series. In 2013, the single, "Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney", was the first YouTube music video to achieve a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[1] "Darth Vader vs. Hitler" and "Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking" also achieved RIAA gold certification during 2013.[2]

On September 26, 2010, "John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly," the first music video was released on Shukoff's channel, where the rest of the first season was released.[3] Since the second season, ERB music videos have been distributed through its own YouTube channel, which has amassed over 11 million subscribers and nearly 2 billion video views.[3][4]

ERBOH Season 1, the series' first album was released on a compact disc through DFTBA Records in December 2011, including all 15 tracks from the first season of the series, including 2 bonus live tracks.[5][6] Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2 was digitally released on May 22, 2013 on iTunes through Maker Studios.[7]

The popularity of the music videos has led to mainstream partnerships, such as the one with Ubisoft, using the "Blackbeard vs Al Capone" episode to promote Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.[8] ERB's popularity has also led to its association with mainstream artists such as Snoop Dogg, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Chali 2na.[9][10]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Album details
ERBOH Season 1
  • Released: December 26, 2011
  • Label: DFTBA Records, Maker Studios
  • Format: CD, digital download
Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2

Music videos/singles[edit]

Note: View counts are accurate estimations as of December 24, 2014

Certified gold by the RIAA[2]
Most viewed in respective season
Title Release/upload date Views Ref
John Lennon vs Bill O'Reilly September 26, 2010 33,214,526
Darth Vader vs Hitler November 10, 2010 86,955,909
Abe Lincoln vs Chuck Norris December 8, 2010 65,840,498
Sarah Palin vs Lady Gaga January 12, 2011 40,766,305
Hulk Hogan and Macho Man vs Kim Jong-il February 2, 2011 37,462,055
Justin Bieber vs Beethoven March 2, 2011 78,462,720
Einstein vs Stephen Hawking March 30, 2011 89,342,669
Genghis Khan vs Easter Bunny April 20, 2011 35,359,420
Napoleon vs Napoleon May 18, 2011 43,153,680
Billy Mays vs Ben Franklin June 23, 2011 35,957,557
Gandalf vs Dumbledore July 14, 2011 43,744,338
Dr. Seuss vs Shakespeare August 17, 2011 69,525,408
Mr T vs Mr Rogers September 14, 2011 61,017,320
Columbus vs Captain Kirk October 10, 2011 32,494,479
Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD November 18, 2011 30,395,657
Hitler vs Vader 2 December 8, 2011 68,803,782
Master Chief vs Leonidas January 31, 2012 78,738,987
Mario Bros. vs Wright Bros. February 16, 2012 70,193,869
Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presley April 2, 2012 45,534,419
Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe May 7, 2012 46,526,853
Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates June 14, 2012 88,648,259 [11]
Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury October 1, 2012 38,923,697
Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney October 15, 2012 100,823,453 [12]
Doc Brown vs Doctor Who October 29, 2012 40,559,184
Bruce Lee vs Clint Eastwood November 12, 2012 48,017,376
Batman vs Sherlock Holmes November 27, 2012 49,231,388
Moses vs Santa Claus December 10, 2012 53,918,228
Adam vs Eve February 11, 2013 41,040,073
Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr. February 25, 2013 45,746,831
Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison March 11, 2013 28,947,340
Babe Ruth vs Lance Armstrong March 25, 2013 25,221,898
Mozart vs Skrillex April 8, 2013 65,579,543
Rasputin vs Stalin April 22, 2013 53,957,006
Hitler vs Vader 3 October 7, 2013 26,081,857 [13]
Blackbeard vs Al Capone October 21, 2013 28,426,189 [14]
Miley Cyrus vs Joan of Arc November 4, 2013 38,644,032
Bob Ross vs Pablo Picasso November 18, 2013 21,423,912
Michael Jordan vs Muhammad Ali December 3, 2013 29,796,150
Donald Trump vs Ebenezer Scrooge December 19, 2013 23,167,048
Rick Grimes vs Walter White May 5, 2014 34,084,980 [15]
Goku vs Superman May 19, 2014 42,799,644 [16]
Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe June 2, 2014 25,923,741 [17]
Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye June 16, 2014 29,278,434 [18]
George Washington vs William Wallace June 30, 2014 21,106,313 [19]
Artists vs TMNT July 14, 2014 39,740,519 [20]
Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters November 10, 2014 16,668,019
Romeo and Juliet vs Bonnie and Clyde November 17, 2014 12,593,935
Zeus vs Thor November 24, 2014 10,122,880
Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter December 1, 2014 10,067,549
Oprah vs Ellen December 8, 2014 8,165,476
Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock December 15, 2014 8,889,911
TOTAL as of December 24, 2014 2,135,872,610

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pham, Alex (August 1, 2013). "Exclusive: Maker Studio's Epic Rap Battles Scores RIAA Gold". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "2013 'Landmark Year' For RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hart, Hugh (June 29, 2014). "Make Every Second Count: 8 Rules for YouTube Success From the Creators of Epic Rap Battles". Fast Company. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "ERB About". YouTube. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Epic Rap Battles of History News.. ERB News (YouTube). December 16, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Epic Rap Battles of History CD". DFTBA Records. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2". iTunes. May 22, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ubisoft Promotes Assassin’s Creed 4 Black Flag with Epic Rap Battles in new Video". Player Essence. October 21, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ Glenn, Devon (June 12, 2013). "‘Epic Rap Battles’ Creators on Snoop: ‘He’s an Innovative Dude, That Dude’". Social Times. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ Gutelle, Sam (June 16, 2014). "Weird Al Is Isaac Newton In New ‘Epic Rap Battles Of History’ Episode". Tubefilter. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ Hernandez, Brian Anthony (June 14, 2012). "Steve Jobs Vs. Bill Gates in Epic Rap Battle [VIDEO]". Mashable. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ Kaufman, Leslie (October 30, 2013). "Making Silly Showdowns for YouTube". The New York Times. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ Goodman, William (October 7, 2013). "Hitler Versus Vader Rematch From Epic Rap Battles Of History (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ Goodman, William (October 22, 2013). "Blackbeard Versus Al Capone From Epic Rap Battles Of History (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ Hernandez, Brian Anthony (May 5, 2014). "Walter White Battles Rick Grimes in 'Breaking Bad' vs. 'Walking Dead' Rap". Mashable. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  16. ^ Klima, Jeff (May 21, 2014). "Epic Rap Battles’ Nice Peter Lyrically Details Goku vs. Superman, Meeting Obama [INTERVIEW]". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  17. ^ Landau, Joel (June 4, 2014). "SEE IT: Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King battle in comedy rap video". New York Daily News. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ Barness, Sarah (June 17, 2014). "Weird Al And 'Bill Nye' Face Off In Epic Rap Battle Because The Universe Is Infinitely Awesome". Huffington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  19. ^ Landau, Joel (June 30, 2014). "SEE IT: Epic Rap Battles of History pairs 'badasses' George Washington, William Wallace". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ Cohen, Joshua (July 14, 2014). "Smosh, Rhett & Link, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle On Season Finale Of ‘ERB’". Tubefilter. Retrieved July 16, 2014.