Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Epic Rap Battles of History?

You may or may not have children.  If you do have said children, they may or may not watch YouTube videos (for instance, children in utero are generally not yet watching YouTube, after that, they are - for sure).  And, if you have children and they watch YouTube videos (they do), then they may or may not share them with you.  For this, you should feel fortunate either way.

If they share them with you, that means they are still speaking to you, which is always nice as a parent.  On the other hand, if they do, then you have to watch them and, it turns out, things that your children want to watch on YouTube may or may not be anything you want to spend your time watching.  I mean, how did Rebecca Black singing "Friday" become a thing?  It was assuredly not mature adults sharing it repeatedly.  (Yes, Gangham Style gets a special pass on this).

So, where am I going with this?  The mother of all of my children is a history teacher.  (Yes, we are and have been married during this whole time, but it does make it sound more interesting, doesn't it?)  As good kids, when my children's interest in watching YouTube videos intersects with an interest of their parents, that means valuable time must be devoted to this intersection.  Thus, Epic Rap Battles of History were brought to my attention.  For those who don't know, this is an increasingly long series of videos featuring two "rappers" battling for supremacy, but instead of Jay-Z facing off against Lil Wayne, or Marky Mark facing off against the Funky Bunch, these rap battles feature, and I swear I am not making any of these up, all of the following and more:
  • Hitler vs. Darth Vader
  • Abe Lincoln vs. Chuck Norris
  • Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking
  • Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven
  • Dr. Suess vs. Shakespeare
  • Master Chief vs. Leonidis
  • Ghandi vs. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Moses vs. Santa Claus
And now, in the surest sign that cycling has briefly risen to our collective national attention, the latest rap battle features Lance Armstrong facing off against Babe Ruth.  It is not the best of the Epic Rap Battles of History videos, and their hallmark is always to be a bit crude if not rude, but then again, I am not holding my breath for the next time a professional cyclist is featured in such a nerdy, mainstream way, so without further ado, I bring you Epic Rap Battle of History - Lance vs. Babe Ruth.

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