Epic Rap Battles of History "King Henry VIII vs Hillary Clinton" (found unreleased episode of YouTube series; 2012)
The series' logo.
Date found: 15 Feb 2020
Found by: ERB2
Epic Rap Battles of History is a YouTube video series created by Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist. The series pits famous historical and pop culture figures, real and fictional, against one another in a rap battle format. The series currently has over 80 episodes as of June 2020.
The planned Season 2 rap battle "King Henry VIII vs Hillary Clinton" was supposed to be uploaded early into the season, but it was never released due to it not meeting the standards the creators had. The battle was meant to be the 17th episode, following the season premiere "Vader vs Hitler 2." The battle went unreleased and "Master Chief vs Leonidas" would take its place instead. The battle was lost for nine years, with only fifteen seconds of Hillary's verse and the audio being found until the complete battle was released on February 15th, 2020.
The Search[edit | edit source]
On November 18th 2011, the Season 1 finale, titled "The Final Battle: Nice Peter vs EpicLLOYD" was released on Youtube, and with it were included several character teasers for the upcoming Season 2. One of the characters teased was King Henry VIII of England, played by Youtuber Shay Carl. However the episode supposedly featuring him went by unreleased for the entire season, leading to speculation among fans as to the status of the battle in question. Prior to the upload of the video, series co-creator Nice Peter featured a clip of Shay Carl rapping in the sound booth in a Monday Show episode, released October 17th of the same year.
In 2014, the actress behind Hillary Clinton, Susan Deming uploaded footage of the battle to her Youtube channel. The video consisted of snippets of her first verse from the lost episode, only amounting to 15 seconds in total. This served as the only confirmation that the battle was indeed planned and in production up to some point. Nice Peter confirmed that editing did not go beyond these two clips as production was halted and the battle was ultimately cancelled due to it being considered "a clunker".
In December of 2017, the official ERB website created a page that could only be accessed if "stocking" was typed after the domain name in the URL. The page consisted of demos and other tracks, among them being the lost audio for King Henry VIII vs Hillary Clinton  On February 6th of 2020, the Patreon page for ERB uploaded a patron-exclusive video of the battle complete with accompanying visuals, effectively making the video found, albeit only to patrons of ERB at the time. The video in question was created years after the battle gained notoriety for being unfinished, it being a recreation of what it would've been like if it were finalized during the production of Season 2.
Release[edit | edit source]
On February 15th of 2020, ERB2 uploaded "UNRELEASED: Henry VIII vs Hillary Clinton Battle & 2020 Update," finally giving anyone access to viewing the full battle over 8 years since the initial tease.
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External Links[edit | edit source]
- Epic Rap Battle of History Wiki article on the unreleased episode. Retrieved 12 Mar '16