Epic Rap Battles of History, one of the few original online series to garner more than 300 million views and more than one million subscribers in less than a year has been greenlit for a second season by next-generation media company, Maker Studios. Epic Rap Battles of History is a live-action music comedy series where historical characters settle their differences through rap battles. Past rap battles have included Napoleon Bonaparte vs. Napoleon Dynamite, Beethoven vs. Justin Bieber and John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reilly. The series stars the shows’ creators, popular internet personalities Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD. In its first season, the series averaged 20 million views per episode. The first episode of season is available now on the show’s new channel.
The second season will premiere with the highly anticipated Darth Vader vs. Hitler rematch, Mario Brothers vs. The Wright Brothers and will also feature additional behind-the-scenes episodes and content. Season two of Epic Rap Battles of History will additionally feature guest-star roles from a wide variety of online, television and film talent. Since launching in the fall of 2010, Epic Rap Battles of History has built a massive audience of millions of fans worldwide and has spawned a line of merchandise and burgeoning sales on iTunes.
Epic Rap Battles of History co-creator Nice Peter is one of the top ten most subscribed musicians on YouTube, one of the top 40 most subscribed channels of all time and one of the top 20 fastest growing channels. Nice Peter was recently crowned the new “King of Dot Comedy” by G4’s “Attack of the Show.”
Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD met on the back porch of a house party in 2002, freestyle rapping. Soon after, Peter was cast into Lloyd’s touring improvisational troop, Mission IMPROVable and a hilarious and creative relationship blossomed.
As comedians, Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD began performing live rap battles as part of improv shows in Los Angeles in the summer of 2010. They would freestyle hilarious and poignant verbal altercations set to hip hop beats based off audience-suggested characters. The crowds overwhelming responses and positive feedback led to the next step. With their extensive background in comedy and music, the duo decided to make videos of rap battles between historical characters and celebrities. Nice Peter asked the followers on his already growing and successful personal YouTube channel about potential match-ups and the fan response was amazing. Responding to the online demand, the first official rap battle between John Lennon (Nice Peter) and Bill O’Reilly (EpicLLOYD) was recorded at Maker Studios in Culver City, California and debuted September 2010. The video went viral and now boasts over 13 million views! Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD decided to continue creating new bouts based on loyal followers’ suggestions and it was the match-up between Darth Vader (masked Nice Peter) and Adolf Hitler (not-proud-of-this-role EpicLLOYD) that launched the series from a one-off hit to a recurring, exciting and epic series. The episode turned Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD into YouTube celebrities that bring an unprecedented average of 20 million views each month to the channel.