Half a billion views and four million subscribers: No, it's not Lady Gaga's YouTube account; it's Epic Rap Battles, a hilarious viral video series that pits musically-included actors, posing as famous cultural personalities (musical or otherwise), in rap battles against each other. You will laugh... hard.
Since its start in 2010, the series has portrayed many an epic battle: Frank Sinatra vs. Freddie Mercury (21 million views), Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley (29 million) and even President Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney (62 million!). The numbers speak for themselves.
The latest battle: EDM button-pusher Skrillex vs. classical musical genius Wolfgang Amadeus. It dropped yesterday and in under 24 hours has already racked up 2.5 million views. People love these videos, including the Fuse staff. So we brainstormed the 10 battles we'd love to see, along with the projected winner. Round 1: Ben Gibbard vs. Slayer's Kerry King!
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Contenders: Death Cab for Cutie frontman/Zooey Deschanel's ex husband/all-around sensitive and non-threatening guy Ben Gibbard vs. macho rocker/all-around tough- and emotion-less guy Kerry King, the scary-looking guitarist for Slayer.
Predicted Champion: Gibbard. Because his sentimental, heartbreaking lyrics and sad-sap, tender musical style will bring anyone to tears, even King and his barbed-wire metal riffs.
Predicted Champion: Aguilera. Britney’s is too aloof to comprehend a question (see this 7 Word Review) and Christina, despite how dirty she’s gotten, was always rooted in one thing: talent—a talent that will top Britney in a rap battle any day.
Contenders: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo vs. rock n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly.
Predicted Champion: Holly. A guitar battle would be neck-and-neck, but this match is over the minute Buddy snatches his glasses back.
Contenders: Hip hop hitmaker Snoop Dogg vs. his newly-reincarnated, reggae-inspired alter-ego Snoop Lion.
Predicted Champion: Dogg. When his career started in the early ‘90s, Dogg had major hits and No. 1 albums. Not to mention, collaborations with Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Pharrell and Willie Nelson (!) to name a few. The dude even had the foresight to work with K-pop stars like Girls’ Generation before Psy was a thing. Lion, on the other hand, has yet to chart any singles and has collabs on his album with Drake (cool!) but also Miley Cyrus and Rita Ora (not so cool).
Contenders: Rapper/Chicken wing advocate Rick Ross vs. KFC restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Predicted Champion: Ross. Ricky Rozay might have the upper hand in the rapping department (if not only for his infamous "UGHs") but just because he owns a couple Wingstops doesn’t mean he actually knows jack about chicken. Sanders FTW.
Predicted Champion: Williams. She’s an electric performer with a hotly anticipated album that dropped this week, and Jem’s power comes from magic earrings. Also, she’s a cartoon, duh.
Predicted Champion: Albini. The producer would beat the Dresden Doll with his poison tongue. But, really, Palmer's the real winner. She threw the fight and walked with mountains of cash.
Predicted Champion: Gaye, by a landslide. He managed to woo women into his bedroom with the phrase “Let’s Get It On” and no one even thought it was cheesy. R. Kelly, alternatively, only offers up a quick trip to “planet Uranus.” No, thanks.