I was first introduced to Epic Rap Battles of History in AP World through one of my class mates. After learning about World War II and the Cold War, we were given a couple minutes at the end of class to do whatever we want. Somehow we ended up on my friend’s iPad after one of our fellow classmates had suggested that we watching his funny video related to our lesson. This video, followed by Darth Vader vs. Hitler, was the first video I saw that was created by EpicLloyd and NicePeter. By the time history class over, we were laughing so hard we had to crawl out the door.
So why subscribe to ERB?
The idea behind Epic Rap Battles of History is creative and unique. Not only is it hilarious to watch as pop icons, political figures, and historical/mythological characters come to life and trash talk one another, the words the opponents spit at each other are really clever and memorable and have helped me immensely. I can assure you that my test on World War 2 and the Cold War was the highest test scored I received in AP World all year. I think this is because we’re so used to reading about these people in books or articles that all there accomplishments and failures get smushed together. But with ERB, these characters are brought to life with wit and cuss words and it seems like they just become ingrained in your memory.
And while I don’t recommend that Epic Rap Battles be a major got-to study video (you’d have between luck with John Green’s history videos), it’s nice if your looking to take a break from the thick text books and place people like Hitler, Stalin, Lincoln, etc in a context us young people can actually understand: through the power of RAP!