Top 5 Epic Rap Battles of History


Sometimes, you just need to bust a rhyme. Crank up the volume, and then cast your vote for who wins in these epic rap battles of history!


1. Frederick Douglass vs. Thomas Jefferson


2. Eastern Philosophers vs. Western Philosophers


3. Romeo and Juliet vs. Bonnie and Clyde


4. George Washington vs. William Wallace


5. Artists vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Kick down — who are your winners?


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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

10 Responses

  1. Kayla Wilbanks

    I love Nice Peter & I love you guys!!! World’s collide and it’s BEAUTIFUL!

  2. Catharine

    I gotta vote for Romeo & Juliet vs Bonnie & Clyde, but my personal favorites of them all are Teddy Roosevelt vs. Winston Churchill, Cleopatra vs Marilyn Monroe, and Ivan the Terrible vs Alexander the Great

  3. Susan Pola Staples

    Gotta go with Fred Douglas vs Thomas Jefferson and Artists vs Turtles.

  4. Sophie

    alex the great vs ivan the terrible is the clear winner. surprise entry and decimation by catherine the great? amazing, inspired, 10/10

  5. Saraquill

    The first is among my top two favorites on the channel, Ghandi vs. MLK being the second. Eastern vs. Western Philosophers is on my long list of repeat views.

  6. Kaite

    Gotta go with Fredrick Douglass vs. Thomas Jefferson, with Artists vs. Turtles a close second

  7. bespectacledbibliophile

    My absolute favorite Epic Rap Battle is Alexander the Great vs Ivan the Terrible. Every time I’ve discussed it with history nerds (even those who haven’t seen it), Catherine the Great is the obvious win. I also adore the MLK vs. Ghandi.

    Of these? Frederick Douglass vs. Thomas Jefferson.

  8. OcarinaSapph1r3 -24

    I would have rioted if you hadn’t included Artists v Turtles – it has the most bangin’ tune!
    But I loved the first rap lines from Wallace… “I’ll knock you the f*ck out, mate!” – ah, the way all Scots’ arguments start, lol.