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Awesome Music / Epic Rap Battles of History

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  • Any "Darth Vader vs. Adolf Hitler" match. The first has a significant improvement in musical and lyrical quality over "John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly", the second has the soundtrack of Van Helsing as its background music, and the third has some particularly memorable lyrics.
  • Bob Ross vs. Pablo Picasso has an awesome track and is one of the closest matchups in the series.
  • Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven. "My name is Beethoven, mothafucka, maybe you've heard of me!"
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  • Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking.
  • Dr. Seuss vs. William Shakespeare has Shakespeare's second verse, which leaves the Cat In The Hat dumbfounded and impressed. That's not to say that the Cat In The Hat was a slouch, either.
  • "Columbus vs. Kirk". Not quite Ominous Latin Chanting, but it's close, and still epic.
  • "NicePeter vs. EpicLloyd". That beat wouldn't sound out of place on a radio song.
  • "Mario Bros vs. Wright Bros". It sounds exactly like a soundtrack from a typical Super Mario game.
  • "Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley" manages to have a rather unique presentation: it starts with Jackson from his The Jackson 5 days (meaning kid!Jackson) going up against Deliberately Monochrome 1950s!Elvis, before having Jackson become the Moonwalker and Elvis porking up.
  • "Cleopatra vs. Marilyn Monroe" has a very fitting Egyptian-themed beat behind it and it makes the rap battle that much more awesome.
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  • Napoleon Vs. Napoleon has one of the best tracks ever, and the fact that the soundtrack is quite blatantly taking sides only seems to add to it somehow.
  • Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates vs. HAL 9000., in addition to having an awesome beat, also has the honor of winning "Best Original Song" at the 3rd Streamy Awards. Even the announcer sings along to it at the end!
  • "Frank Sinatra vs. Freddie Mercury", which subtly includes the beat from "We Will Rock You".
  • "Bruce Lee vs. Clint Eastwood". While Lee and Eastwood's flow is great on its own, the dramatic backbeat is what truly ties the rap together, and it ends on the whistle from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
  • "Mohandas Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr.", the first rap to have Key & Peele as the rappers, and one of the only cases of a hard rap between two pacifists.
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  • Thomas Edison vs. Nikola Tesla. "You did not steal from me, you stole me from mankind!" The beat and the lyrics flow well with each other almost better than all previous episodes. Plus, the beat almost makes the Battle sound like a Mega Man (Classic) game!
  • "Lance Armstrong vs. Babe Ruth" - The beat sounds exactly like what you'd hear in a serious rap song.
  • "Mozart vs. Skrillex". One of the best music beats in ERB, it combines dubstep with Mozart's music to create a seriously awesome beat.
  • "Blackbeard vs. Al Capone" can easily be used as a film or video game score.
  • "Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali". Low notes on a sports organ, city-style horn section, and a groovy drum beat. Once again, the announcer is singing along at the end.
  • "Rick Grimes vs. Walter White" has a nice dramatic undertone, fitting considering who the combatants are.
  • "Goku vs. Superman" has a suitably epic industrial beat for a pair of Invincible Heroes, along with some of the best lyrics in all of Season 3.
  • The beat to "Artists vs. TMNT" is awesome.
  • "Ghostbusters vs. MythBusters". The beat is so tight that it goes great with the leitmotifs used for each side (a theremin for the Ghostbusters and the guitar chords fitting of the MythBusters). Oh, and the rap was good, too.
  • "Thor vs. Zeus" has an epic violin section and background synth that sounds like Ominous Latin Chanting. Certainly fitting of ancient gods.
  • "Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter" may have the most epic beat in the entire series, and it's even one perfectly suited to the two contestants.
  • "Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock vs. Quentin Tarantino vs. Stanley Kubrick vs. Michael Bay" has five separate beats, something that Lloyd points out in the BTS. Each one is absolutely great. Special mention to the strings in Spielberg's verse.
  • Regardless of what you may think of the battle itself, there's no denying that "David Copperfield vs Harry Houdini" has a beat that's dark, eerie, and awesome.
  • "Terminator vs Robocop" has a loud marching and clanging score that fits the environment of the battle and the augmented rappers very well.
  • "Eastern Philosophers vs Western Philosophers" has one of the best beats in the history of the series, and is agreed to fit very well with the wonderful vocals. Also, this episode features the first instance of beatboxing in the series.
  • "Shaka Zulu vs Julius Caesar" has a very tense beat with war drums and violins, befitting the two contestants.
  • "Jim Henson vs Stan Lee". Amidst a very sweet beat, we have Stan the Man with fast wordplay and amazing flow. Jim, on the other hand, goes along with an eerily calm flow while still dropping in some nice burns. And then, there's Walt Disney's awe-inspiring dubstep...
  • Minor note on "J. R. R. Tolkien vs George R. R. Martin": when Tolkien mentions Led Zeppelin, the band appears behind him and you can hear the beat change as a sort of reverse Diegetic Switch. It is awesome.
  • Just as in Spielberg vs Hitchcock, "James Bond vs Austin Powers" uses a different beat for each rapper that represents the tone and style of their respective movies. There's also an awesome Powers-style electric guitar solo in the end credits.
  • Fredrick the Great's intro from "Ivan the Terrible vs. Alexander the Great" is pretty awesome. And most of the lyrics of the final set are sung R&B-style. It's one heck of an enjoyable and well-performed change-up.
  • Stevie Wonder's first lines in "Wonder Woman vs. Stevie Wonder", sung instead of rapped and with a cool little jazzy/soul number on top of the beat from Wonder Woman's first verse.
  • Tony Hawk vs Wayne Gretzky has a great upbeat beat to fit the sports theme.
  • "Theodore Roosevelt vs. Winston Churchill" has an epic beat for an epic battle: a bombastic percussive march infused with orchestral brass and strings for Churchill's verses, and with electric guitar and ragtime piano for Roosevelt's. According to ERB Behind the Scenes, they used the hook section of their sample beat for the verses and faced a lot of difficulty putting it together. But they definitely made it work.
  • "Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD 2" has possibly the most climactic beat used for a battle, complete with operatic chanting.
  • "Guy Fawkes Vs Che Guevara" has a calm, overall quiet beat, which conveys the idea of advancing through the dense Cuban Jungle or setting up explosives beneath the Parliament perfectly.
  • "Burger King Vs Ronald McDonald" has a great, techno-esque beat, which is guaranteed to stick in your head.
  • "George Carlin Vs Richard Pryor"'s third section featuring Robin Williams has an Arabic-sounding song which perfectly fits the Genie, Williams' most beloved character. And that's without mentioning Joan Rivers'; trumpet-heavy intermission, or the first half, which feels like a bombastic orchestra building up for a hilarious routine.
  • "Jacques Cousteau Vs Steve Irwin". They made a song using a submarine's sonar.
  • Vlad the Impaler vs Count Dracula. A subdued, suspenseful and utterly creepy beat sets the tone for this Halloween matchup perfectly. Special credit must go to the wolf howl before the announcer starts doing his thing.
  • Sir Isaac Newton vs Bill Nye. The beat starts off slow, but it definitely ramps up throughout. Isaac Newton's section starts off fast yet simplistic, complementing his Motor Mouth verses. Bill Nye's segment is more relaxed, but gets faster in the second half, with the music getting an upgrade as well. It also foreshadows Neil deGrasse Tyson's segment, which in turn is heralded by the music getting another upgrade.
  • "Jeff Bezos vs Mansa Musa" is an extravagant beat that reflects both characters' immense wealth. The beat even contains distinctive elements specific to the rapper (African-inspired instrumentation for Mansa Musa and modern techno beats for Jeff Bezos).


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