Welcome to the third and final compilation for Epic Rap Battles of History. After covering science and science fiction, I thought it was high time I wrap things up by honoring the historical aspect of the comedy troupe. After all, one of the things that makes these set ups funny is the way they weave fact with unadulterated silliness to make people laugh.
And so, here are the top picks for their rap battles that were truly historical and satirical. Granted, not all of the characters featured here are real, some are historical and/or cultural constructs, and some are just the product of a famous sci-fi geek’s imagination. But I think you’ll agree that it still counts!
Skits of note include Adam vs. Eve (the timeless battle of the sexes), Barack Obama vs. Romney (a 2012 election special), Columbus vs. Capt. Kirk, Dr. Seuss vs. Shakespeare, Gandhi vs. Martin Luther King Jr (featuring comedy duo Key and Peele), and Moses vs. Santa Claus (featuring Snoop Dogg, aka. Snoop Lion). Enjoy!
News of Obama’s reelection has certainly been met with some strong emotions. In addition to the extreme laments of certain die-hard conservatives – Trump has called for revolution, Glenn Beck has told conservatives that “Doomsday is here”, and some going as far as to proclaim the death of God – a number of social media records have been broken.
Amongst them was the Facebook photo of Obama embracing his wife, which received the most “Likes” than anything posted on the social media website. As of writing this article, it has reached a total of 4,394,634, beating out Justin Bieber, Gangnam Style, and countless photos of cute kittens.
The same photo was posted on Twitter, where it broke another record for the most retweeted picture ever. Here again, it beat out Bieber for the numer one spot, grossing 814,121 retweets versus Bieber’s compartively modest 223,598. Also of interest is Mitt Romney’s “Thank You” photo, which garnered 910,738 Likes, less than a quarter of Obama’s victory embrace. Once again, this gap would seem to demonstrate the importance of new media in the realm of politics, and how the Obama camp has the edge.