Epic Rap Battles of History discography

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Epic Rap Battles of History discography
Studio albums 3
Music videos 64
Singles 64

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.

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.[1][2] Since the second season, ERB music videos have been distributed through its own YouTube channel, which has amassed over 13.5 million subscribers and 3.1 billion video views, as of July 2016.[2][3]

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).[4] "Darth Vader vs. Hitler" and "Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking" also achieved RIAA gold certification during 2013.[5] "Dr. Seuss vs Shakespeare", "Master Chief vs Leonidas", "Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates" and "Justin Bieber vs Beethoven" were subsequently certified Gold in 2014.[6] On June 4, 2015, "Mario Bros. vs Wright Bros.", "Mr T vs Mr Rogers" and "Abe Lincoln vs Chuck Norris" achieved RIAA gold certification.[6] On January 29, 2016, "Darth Vader vs Adolf Hitler 2" was certified gold. 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.[7] Additionally, "Terminator vs Robocop" in the fourth season was used to promote the upcoming release of the film Terminator Genisys and featured an appearance by Arnold Schwarzenegger. ERB's popularity has also led to its association with mainstream artists such as Snoop Dogg, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Chali 2na.[8][9][10]

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.[11][12] Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2 was digitally released on May 22, 2013 on iTunes through Maker Studios.[13] Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3 was released in 2014 through the official ERB website's online shop.[14]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and sales
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Comedy
ERBOH Season 1
  • Released: December 26, 2011
  • Label: DFTBA Records, Maker Studios
  • Format: CD, digital download
Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2 11[15]
Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3

Music videos/singles[edit]

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Peter Shukoff (left) and Lloyd Ahlquist, the creators of Epic Rap Battles of History
Mitt Romney (left) with Barack Obama, the subjects of the most viewed episode of Epic Rap Battles of History

Note: View counts are accurate estimations as of July 12, 2016

Certified gold by the RIAA
Most viewed in respective season
Title Video upload date Views Certifications
John Lennon vs Bill O'Reilly September 26, 2010 36,339,618 n/a
Darth Vader vs Hitler November 10, 2010 94,372,792 RIAA: Gold[6]
Abe Lincoln vs Chuck Norris December 8, 2010 72,741,925 RIAA: Gold[6]
Sarah Palin vs Lady Gaga January 12, 2011 45,020,937 n/a
Hulk Hogan and Macho Man vs Kim Jong-il February 2, 2011 41,882,043 n/a
Justin Bieber vs Beethoven March 2, 2011 89,168,324 RIAA: Gold[6]
Albert Einstein vs Stephen Hawking March 30, 2011 104,744,660 RIAA: Gold[6]
Genghis Khan vs Easter Bunny April 20, 2011 39,602,676 n/a
Napoleon vs Napoleon May 18, 2011 48,450,133 n/a
Billy Mays vs Ben Franklin June 23, 2011 40,301,714 n/a
Gandalf vs Dumbledore July 14, 2011 49,687,564 n/a
Dr. Seuss vs Shakespeare August 17, 2011 80,909,291 RIAA: Gold[6]
Mr. T vs Mr. Rogers September 14, 2011 69,836,182 RIAA: Gold[6]
Columbus vs Captain Kirk October 10, 2011 36,785,884 n/a
Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD November 18, 2011 34,756,740 n/a
Hitler vs Vader 2 December 8, 2011 80,801,903 RIAA: Gold[6]
Master Chief vs Leonidas January 31, 2012 93,644,355 RIAA: Gold[6]
Mario Bros vs Wright Bros February 16, 2012 83,431,024 RIAA: Gold[6]
Michael Jackson vs Elvis Presley April 2, 2012 60,694,267 n/a
Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe May 7, 2012 65,456,386 n/a
Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates June 14, 2012 111,420,984 RIAA: Gold[6]
Frank Sinatra vs Freddie Mercury October 1, 2012 49,344,570 n/a
Barack Obama vs Mitt Romney October 15, 2012 122,605,035 RIAA: Gold[6]
Doc Brown vs Doctor Who October 29, 2012 50,692,422 n/a
Clint Eastwood vs Bruce Lee November 12, 2012 59,353,255 n/a
Batman vs Sherlock Holmes November 27, 2012 62,338,247 n/a
Moses vs Santa Claus December 10, 2012 69,154,374 n/a
Adam vs Eve February 11, 2013 55,937,020 n/a
Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr. February 25, 2013 62,573,387 n/a
Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison March 11, 2013 37,489,511 n/a
Babe Ruth vs Lance Armstrong March 25, 2013 31,448,218 n/a
Mozart vs Skrillex April 8, 2013 85,052,555 n/a
Rasputin vs Stalin April 22, 2013 75,862,440 n/a
Hitler vs Vader 3 October 7, 2013 39,387,480 n/a
Blackbeard vs Al Capone October 21, 2013 39,128,505 n/a
Miley Cyrus vs Joan of Arc November 4, 2013 58,545,291 n/a
Bob Ross vs Pablo Picasso November 18, 2013 29,203,255 n/a
Michael Jordan vs Muhammad Ali December 3, 2013 42,929,774 n/a
Donald Trump vs Ebenezer Scrooge December 19, 2013 34,302,431 n/a
Rick Grimes vs Walter White May 5, 2014 50,344,634 n/a
Goku vs Superman May 19, 2014 68,856,641 n/a
Stephen King vs Edgar Allan Poe June 2, 2014 39,344,388 n/a
Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye June 16, 2014 46,316,854 n/a
George Washington vs William Wallace June 30, 2014 32,923,901 n/a
Artists vs TMNT July 14, 2014 65,103,913 n/a
Ghostbusters vs Mythbusters November 10, 2014 35,832,465 n/a
Romeo and Juliet vs Bonnie and Clyde November 17, 2014 32,478,785 n/a
Zeus vs Thor November 24, 2014 28,923,694 n/a
Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter December 1, 2014 35,540,179 n/a
Oprah vs Ellen December 8, 2014 29,704,998 n/a
Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock December 15, 2014 39,282,987 n/a
Lewis and Clark vs Bill and Ted May 25, 2015 14,148,151 n/a
David Copperfield vs Harry Houdini June 8, 2015 13,345,455 n/a
Terminator vs Robocop June 22, 2015 27,096,628 n/a
Eastern Philosophers vs Western Philosophers July 6, 2015 25,612,169 n/a
Shaka Zulu vs Julius Caesar July 20, 2015 21,967,449 n/a
Jim Henson vs Stan Lee August 3, 2015 23,111,346 n/a
Deadpool vs Boba Fett December 16, 2015 37,145,213 n/a
J. R. R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin May 2, 2016 13,549,917 n/a
Gordon Ramsay vs Julia Child May 18, 2016 13,489,172 n/a
Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson May 30, 2016 8,437,627 n/a
James Bond vs Austin Powers June 14, 2016 11,558,830 n/a
Bruce Banner vs Bruce Jenner June 29, 2016 4,836,396 n/a
Alexander the Great vs Ivan the Terrible July 12, 2016 461,919 n/a
TOTAL as of July 12, 2016 3,104,810,883 11 certified gold singles[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ MacPherson, Guy (June 3, 2014). "Nice Peter hits the road solo for Epic Rap Battles of History". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "ERB About". YouTube. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pham, Alex (August 1, 2013). "Exclusive: Maker Studio's Epic Rap Battles Scores RIAA Gold". Billboard. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 'Landmark Year' For RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "RIAA – Searchable Database: Epic Rap Battles of History". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ubisoft Promotes Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag with Epic Rap Battles in new Video". Player Essence. October 21, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Glenn, Devon (June 12, 2013). "'Epic Rap Battles' Creators on Snoop: 'He's an Innovative Dude, That Dude'". Social Times. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  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. ^ Epic Rap Battles of History News. ERB News. YouTube. December 16, 2011. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Epic Rap Battles of History CD". DFTBA Records. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2". iTunes. May 22, 2013. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Season 3 Limited-Edition CD". Epic Rap Battles of History. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Chart Search for Epic Rap Battles of History". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2015.