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YouTube's Epic Rap Battles: 10 Suggestions for Upcoming Bouts

Christina Aguilera vs. Britney Spears? R. Kelly vs. Marvin Gaye? Rick Ross vs. Colonel Sanders!?! Fuse suggests battles for the viral video series

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Are You Ready to Rumble?!

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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Ben Gibbard vs. Slayer's Kerry King

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.

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Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera

Contenders: Former Mousekeeter, pop diva and The Voice star Christina Aguilera vs. former Mouseketeer, pop diva and former The X Factor star Britney Spears.

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.

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Rivers Cuomo vs. Buddy Holly

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.

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Snoop Lion vs. Snoop Dogg

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).

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Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino vs. Wavves' Nathan Williams

Contenders: Sunny SoCal surf-pop rocker Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast vs. boyfriend and SoCal grit-pop rocker Nathan Williams of Wavves.

Predicted Champion: Cosentino. She has a secret weapon: Her fat tabby cat Snacks, who has already proved to have a deft lyrical assault. Click here for proof.

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Rick Ross vs. Colonel Sanders

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.

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Madonna vs. deadmau5

Contenders: "Molly"-loving, EDM cred-seeking legacy artist Madonna vs. EDM diss-delivering Mouseketeer deadmau5, a vocal critic of Madge's MDMA name-drop at Miami's Ultra Fest.

Predicted Champion: Nobody. When Madge and deadmau5 fight everyone loses, especially ravers.

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Hayley Williams vs. Jem

Contenders: Paramore singer/candy-colored hair enthusiast Hayley Williams vs Animated singer/candy-colored hair enthusiast Jem from '80s cartoon Jem and the Holograms.

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.

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Steve Albini vs. Amanda Palmer

Contenders: Amanda Palmer vs. Steve Albini, the Nirvana producer who called Palmer out for abusing the millions of dollars her fans donated on Kickstarter for her new album's production.

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.

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Marvin Gaye vs. R. Kelly

Contenders: Sex Jam King Marvin Gaye vs. Sex Jam Prince R. Kelly

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.


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