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Dis Raps For Hire

Dis Raps For Hire is a YouTube series, made by EpicLLOYD, who is likely best known as one of the creators of the Epic Rap Battles of History. In this series, Lloyd reads user comments about a Jerk Ass someone knows and what they've been doing. He then creates a dis rap for the Jerk Ass in question, calling them out for everything they've done.

The order of tropes goes as so: Gentle Giant, Berserk Button, What the Hell, Hero?.

The raps can be found on EpicLLOYD's channel here.

    Episode Commentors and Dis Victims in Season 1 
  1. For aysharpietwintip13, dissing his bullying older brother Charlie
  2. For klojuey671, dissing her school's rival Southwest High
  3. For Zenxtro, dissing an annoying kid at his school named Christian
  4. For djvapid, dissing his cheating wife Jennifer (and her unnamed new boyfriend)
  5. For hexwitch, dissing a bully named Justin
  6. For Simon, dissing his lazy twin brother James
  7. For dagimmpy1, dissing a trio of bullies named Tyrance, William, and Reshad
  8. For mville23113, dissing his boss Daniel
  9. For thegreenskeletor, dissing his trailer park manager Joan.
  10. For Leon Crosby, making a gift rap for his mother Metcalf.

    Episode Commentors and Dis Victims in Season 2 
  1. For BliinD21, named Glasscock, dissing everyone who makes fun of his last name.
  2. For Nick - or, technically, for his younger cousin Derrik - dissing the latter's ex-friends Jason and Ramono, who bullied him for being gay.
  3. For Jonas, dissing four bullies who pick on him for being dislexic.

This series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Accidental Murder: Lloyd, in his anger, tries to shoot a heckler with laser eyes in episode 5. He ends up shooting the heckler's girlfriend instead. Even the music stops as he realizes this. He shoots the heckler the second time, though.
  • Aerith and Bob: Episode 7 has Lloyd dissing three bullies named William, Tyrance, and Reshad. Lloyd naturally takes this opportunity to have some fun, saying that he just isn't intimidating with a name like that.
    • Also, throughout the series; comparing the names of the commentors and the names of the bullies usually results in this, due to usernames being used for the former. The only real exception is episode 6, with Simon.
  • Audience Participation: The dis raps are based off of commentor's true stories.
    • A variation as well; Lloyd always says the username of the commentor in his rap, and in episode 4, even slightly involves the commentor (djvapid, a combat medic) in his threat:
    Lloyd: I'd sacrifice a slice of brain to give you a piece of my mind
    Plus djvapid'd patch me up again and I would be fine...
  • Ax-Crazy: Lloyd has hints of this, especially in episode 5. See the quote under Call Back below for a good instance.
  • Badass Boast: Episode 10 is partly this, although speaking about Momma Metcalf rather than himself:
    Lloyd: She's like a four-foot-nine little version of Bane!
  • Bad Boss: Daniel in episode 8.
  • Bald of Awesome: Lloyd has this, though almost always wears a hat over it.
    • Bald of Evil: Downplayed (at least on the "evil" part) with Reshad in episode 7, who is stated to be bald despite only being 19. Lloyd stops his rap partway through to speak normally to Reshad for a moment.
    Lloyd: I mean, I'd feel really bad for you if you weren't such a prick. But since you are,...fuck you then! (resumes rap)
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lloyd is shown at the start of each video doing something usually heartwarming until he hears the story. Then he gets pissed.
  • Boastful Rap: William in episode 7 apparently considers himself to be the greatest rapper of all time, yet he cries when he gets a paper cut.
  • Call Back: Of a sort. Some of Lloyd's lyrics are quoted straight from the commented story or put a spin on them, and said comment is always shown before the actual rap starts. Here's a good example from episode 5:
    Piece from original comment: The list of vulgarities and threats is literally over a mile long. note 
    (later, during the rap)
  • Continuity Nod: In the Cold Open of episode 5, Lloyd's comedy act includes a bit where he mentions how someone told him his name was weird for having two Ls in it. This is likely a reference to a previous rap of Lloyd's, "L Verse", where a friend of his told him the same thing.
  • Country Matters: So far, he has said the c-word on two different occasions, though the second time was a reference to the commentor's actual choice of words in their story.
  • Doing It for the Art: Lloyd actually gets a mistletoe tattoo on his back for episode three to get his point across. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: The first dis rap was a lot slower than future ones and didn't have nearly as many instances of Fun with Subtitles. Somewhat more subtley, the camera also moves around a bit rather than being stationary like in other episodes, and the lyrics that show up on screen were sometimes wrong.
    Lloyd: That's your brother man! Why do you have to be such a big jerk?
    Onscreen lyrics: That's your brother man! Why did have to be such a big jerk?
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's about dis raps...for hire.
  • Hidden Depths: In episode five, Lloyd is shown performing at a comedy club.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: In episode 6, one of Lloyd's clones pushes over the original and raps in his place.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lloyd seems to fit this; despite the dickish things he does in anger while trying to get to his studio to record, he does it for his viewers to get the bullies to lay off.
  • Kick the Dog: Does this literally in episode two in rage.
  • Lazy Bum: James, in episode six.
  • Lucky Seven: Lampshaded, but inverted in episode 7:
    Lloyd: It's Dis Raps seven, your unlucky number!
  • Mood Whiplash: See Beware the Nice Ones above.
  • Motor Mouth: Beginning of the fifth one, leading to Even the Subtitler Is Stumped.
  • Precision F-Strike: Unseen in the first two dis raps, but he's made use of this trope since then.
    "What are you thinking? This story is crazy! I wanna stop rhyming and just be like 'What the fuck, lady?!'"
  • Product Displacement: Very, very difficult to spot; in the Cold Open of episode five, look at the heckler's drink. During the close-ups of him and his girlfriend, the drink's logo is blurred out. It's especially hard to spot thanks to the room's dim lightning and the audience likely being focused on watching him and the girl rather than his drink.
    • Though, if you look carefully enough, you can kind of see the logo when the table is shown from other angles.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: At the start of most episodes, he is shown doing something sweet, like reading to a little kid. Then, When he reads the story, he then throws the same kid to the ground.
    • Taken literally in the opening of Episode 4, where Lloyd is knitting a pink sweater.
    • Inverted in episode 10. In the opening, Lloyd beats up Santa Claus with a candy cane for no obvious reason, then instead of a dis rap, he does a complimenting "gift rap" as a Christmas special.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In episode 5, his eyes glow red when he reads the story. His eyes also flash red for a split second about halfway through the actual rap.
  • Rule of Three: Episode 7 has Lloyd dis rapping three bullies: Tyrance, Reshad, and William.
  • Running Gag: Throughout episode 7, whenever Lloyd says Reshad's name (except the first time when naming all three bullies), it's spelled in the onscreen lyrics in a fancy girlish font.
  • Sequel Escalation: Lloyd's violent acts in the Cold Open. In the first episode, he just downs a cup of coffee and rips up some paper. By episode five, he has taken to shooting people with lasers. (Though the first one was an accident and the second was to a heckler.)
    • Episode 6 isn't much better. Some guy is bullying Lloyd for drinking a juice box (With the story written on the label) And he splits into 2 people, who hold him down and drink him with a giant straw.
    • Subverted with episode 7, where all he does is kick someone in the face. Though he does it with robot legs...and then subverted further in episode 8, where all he does is snap a pencil in half. After several failed attempts. And episode 9, where he just leaves the chess game.
  • Stealth Pun: Lloyd says "Where there's a will, there's a way" in episode 7 while dissing a guy named William.
  • Shout-Out
    • Season 1, Episode 10: He calls Momma Metcalf a "four-foot-nine little version of Bane"
    • Season 2, Episode 2: Threatens to "leave you brain swoll 'til all you can say is 'Hodor'"
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Quite often, occasionally just to make a rhyme:
    "I'm getting reckless, for Hexwitch, for every single threat, bitch!"
  • Title Drop: Once an Episode, might be shortened to "Dis Raps"
  • Visual Pun: As Fun with Subtitles
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The basic premise.
  • Would Dis Rap A Girl: Episode 4 is targeted at a cheating wife.
    • Episode 2 may also count as this, being targeted at an entire school (which is possibly an all-girl school, given the context).
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Episode seven starts off mainly focusing on Tyrance and Reshad, but in the last little bit Lloyd turns his attention to William. Lampshaded.
    Lloyd: Yeah, I haven't forgot!
  • Your Mom: Subverted with episode 10, which is a tribute to a writer's awesome mom.


So when you get asked why your rich boy hair's outta place,
Say you caught a dis raps bitch slap, square in the face!
Peace!
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