Epic Rap Battles of History (ERB) is a much loved YouTube web series created by Peter Shukoff (a.k.a. Nice Peter) and Lloyd Ahlquist (a.k.a. EpicLLOYD). The series pits notable historical and pop culture figures, real and fictional, against one another in a rap battle format. The characters portrayed are determined by suggestions from viewers placed in the comments sections of the channel's videos.
The ERB team conducts meticulous research in order to glean obscure details to use as references in the lyrics and are know for having pushed the quality of digital video to new heights even in the early stages of the Youtube era. The channel currently has over 14.3 million subscribers and over 3 billion total video views and has been nominated for numerous awards including the Emmys in 2016 & 2017.
The series has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Wired Magazine, Forbes.com, CNN.com, and The Huffington Post, among others, and generates an unprecedented average of 30 million views an episode. It has featured appearances from hugely popular stars including Weird Al Yankovic, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, Key & Peele, Lily Singh, Rhett and Link, George Watsky, Jenny Marbles and DeStorm Power, among others.
Following an extended hiatus, the channel returned with a bonus battle in December 2018, and the sixth season began in April 2019.