Frederick Douglass vs Thomas Jefferson. Epic Rap Battles of History

  • Published: 30 May 2016
  • Frederick Douglass and Thomas Jefferson collide in this episode of Epic Rap Battles Of History. Who won? You Decide! [ERB Season 6 began April 2019 - new videos out now]
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    ▼ CAST ▼
    Frederick Douglass: JB Smoove

    Thomas Jefferson: Nice Peter

    ▼ CREW ▼
    Executive Producers:
    Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist

    Directed by:
    Nice Peter

    Mike Betette

    Written by:
    EpicLLOYD, Nice Peter, Mike Betette, Zach Sherwin , Dante Cimadamore & Samantha Kellie

    Senior Director of Studios:
    Michelle Maloney

    Production Coordinator:
    Shaun Lewin

    Song Produced by:
    Nice Peter

    Mixed by:
    Nice Peter and Jose ""Choco"" Reynoso

    Mastered by:
    Jose ""Choco"" Reynoso

    Beat Produced by:
    Epistra Beats

    Video Editing by:
    Andrew Sherman, Ryan Moulton and Nice Peter

    Assistant Editor:
    Josh Best

    VFX and Compositing:
    Andrew Sherman & Ryan Moulton

    Director of Photography:
    Jon Na

    Costume Designer:
    Sulai Lopez

    Costuming Assistant:
    Catherine Charpentier

    Department Make Up Head:
    Tara Lang Shah

    Make Up:
    Brittany White, Hanny Tjan & Angie Peek

    Art Department:
    Remington Brimmer

    Kurt Schmidt

    Andrew Kurchinski

    Music Supervisor/Playback:
    Dante Cimadamore

    Andy Chinn

    Production Assistant:
    Atoki Ileka & Edrei Hutson

    Matthew Ciampa

    Produced by:
    Atul Singh for Maker Studios

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Comments • 96 268

  • ERB
    ERB   6 months back

    ERB Season 6 is coming in Spring 2019! Until then we will be posting up some new content over on our second channel ERB2; including 'Flash In The Pan Hip Hop Conflicts Of Nowadays' videos: which have so far featured Larry Bird vs Big Bird, Ronald McDonald vs The Burger King and PewDiePie vs T-Series. See you soon! - Pete & Lloyd

    • Bearded wizard
      Bearded wizard  2 months back

      Jefferson won

      MORTAL KOMBAT PS2 FAN  4 months back

      Can you WWE vs UFC flash in the pan it be Weird but hey it could work

    • Deaths Moon
      Deaths Moon  4 months back

      So I just thought of this but you should totally do Eliza Schuyler Hamilton vs. Maria Reynolds

    • The Madrummer
      The Madrummer  4 months back

      To quote Riley: "Booooo nigga!"
      You had it on the right path, dude, but y'fuckin' just gave up and went easy! "Laaaaame"

    • Elliot Corvid
      Elliot Corvid  4 months back

      Jack London versus Oscar Wilde!

  • Jedi116_
    Jedi116_  7 hours back

    3 years later and I'm noticing that that's JB Smoove! 🤣🤣 I'm trash..

    • Larissa Brewington
      Larissa Brewington  8 hours back

      This was brilliant...

      • Edward Casares
        Edward Casares  12 hours back

        Abraham Lincoln vs Andrew Jackson

        • 10000 subscribers with no video challenge

          Teacher:Why isn't your work finish? When I was in school we had less time to do it than you.
          Me:"Aww teacher I never heard a verse I dug less, alright I admit it I confess"

          • Tyiriel
            Tyiriel  21 hours back


            • Julio Garcia
              Julio Garcia  22 hours back

              Jefferson won

              • Ulfrinn
                Ulfrinn  22 hours back

                a quote from frederick douglas on the founding fathers.. the people at ERB do a poor job at representing frederick douglas accurately, as he had nothing but respect for them

                "I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory."

                • Ulfrinn
                  Ulfrinn  22 hours back

                  “providing for the abolition of the slave trade.” And, indeed on January 1, 1808, that is exactly what happened when the 1807 bill that President Thomas Jefferson signed, went into effect. Douglass says that the clause “looked to the abolition of slavery rather than to its perpetuity,” and that the founders intentions “were good, not bad.”

                • Ulfrinn
                  Ulfrinn  22 hours back

                  another quote from frederick douglas on the 3/5th clause of the constitution and what it really meant

                  “A black man in a free State is worth just two-fifths more than a black man in a slave State, as a basis of political power under the Constitution. Therefore, instead of encouraging slavery, the Constitution encourages freedom by giving an increase of ‘two-fifths’ of political power to free over slave States . . . taking it at its worst, it still leans to freedom, not to slavery,”"

              • Ulfrinn
                Ulfrinn  22 hours back

                thomas jefferson was a better leader and a better man than any of these leftwing radicals trying to erase him today

                • VerbalDiarrhea
                  VerbalDiarrhea  23 hours back

                  Jefferson wins.

                  • markus z.
                    markus z.  1 days back

                    Can someone explain what means " you need to put asterisk next to your name"

                    • Legionfox1
                      Legionfox1  1 days back

                      Freddy D. won this battle like a fuckin Boss!

                      • DJ KūruzuI
                        DJ KūruzuI  1 days back


                        • Warren G
                          Warren G  2 days back

                          Epic Rap Battles vs Death Battle

                          • David Durant
                            David Durant  2 days back

                            Just discovered that the 4th July "what does it mean to this guy?" is in reference to Douglass's speech "What to the slave is the 4th of July". The rap that keeps on giving.

                            • Ulfrinn
                              Ulfrinn  22 hours back

                              did you read the full quote from frederick douglas? he has nothing but praise for the constitution and the founding fathers, frederick douglas was a real patriot and a true american

                          • Jordan Conley
                            Jordan Conley  2 days back

                            You could have done this one so much better.

                            • LovelyIKnowx
                              LovelyIKnowx  2 days back

                              Yes, he fought to end the slave trade. Because he believed, and I quote, black people to be “much inferior” to white people. He wanted black people to live in a different country altogether. Oh, he also believed that black women had a “preference of the [Orangutan] for the black women over those of his own species.” So that’s fun 🙃

                              • LovelyIKnowx
                                LovelyIKnowx  2 days back

                                Yeah, he fought to stop the trade. Because he, and I quote, believed black people to be “much inferior” to white people. He even went so far as to say that they were “as incapable as children of taking care of themselves.” Oh, also apparently black women have a “preference of the [Orangutan] for the black women over those of his own species.” So, you know, that’s fun.

                                • rabidsquirrel73
                                  rabidsquirrel73  2 days back

                                  Notice how every time its a old timey black character they always resort to "my slavery". Thomas Jefferson fucking won easily.

                                  • Vanessa Magick
                                    Vanessa Magick  1 days back

                                    Ask me how I can tell you don't know who the fuck Frederick Douglass is or what he did.

                                • A D Gray
                                  A D Gray  3 days back

                                  This is one of the ones I come to the least. But it shows the talent of the team that so many people think this is a great one

                                  • JakeTheGamer ChP
                                    JakeTheGamer ChP  3 days back

                                    Me at 3 AM: Ok brain, I want to sleep...
                                    Brain: STRAIGHT OUTTA BONDAGE

                                    • Seer-of-things
                                      Seer-of-things  3 days back

                                      This beat is lava

                                      • Benjy Portnoy
                                        Benjy Portnoy  3 days back

                                        Harriet Tubman vs. Oskar Schindler

                                        • Joe Chapman
                                          Joe Chapman  3 days back

                                          Douglass here was in the new spiderman

                                          • Dunk Dinsle
                                            Dunk Dinsle  3 days back

                                            Is Frederick Douglass the teacher from the new Spiderman movie or do they just sound very similar?

                                            • Jacob Ortiz
                                              Jacob Ortiz  3 days back

                                              This is the guy who played one of the teachers in Far From Home (j.b smoove)

                                              • Alex Miller
                                                Alex Miller  4 days back


                                                • Jazzie Playz
                                                  Jazzie Playz  4 days back

                                                  “FINALLY WE THE PEOPLE DIDNT MEAN WE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE WHITE” I love that line 💕👏🏽

                                                  • shurikkaru
                                                    shurikkaru  4 days back

                                                    Honestly love this one because it feels like they are just having a conversation, and I’d love to see a part 2 honestly

                                                    • Ulfrinn
                                                      Ulfrinn  22 hours back

                                                      frederick douglas and thomas jefferson probably would have gotten along quite well, both were patriots who loved the united states

                                                  • Sonya Aka angel Chirrey

                                                    Do bhad bhabbie vs Malu

                                                    • AKCDaSavageMincraft 2007

                                                      DAVEED DIGGS IS A BETTER THOMAS JEFFERSON

                                                      • Clifford Streich
                                                        Clifford Streich  4 days back

                                                        Think it would be awesome to see....
                                                        UnderDog vs Hong Kong Phooey

                                                        • J M
                                                          J M  5 days back

                                                          This has to be my favorite one of the first 5 seasons! Love it.

                                                          • Tho Jam
                                                            Tho Jam  5 days back

                                                            FD by far

                                                            • The Man With The Plan
                                                              The Man With The Plan  5 days back

                                                              Thomas Jefferson for the win.

                                                              • Nick Verve
                                                                Nick Verve  5 days back

                                                                FD is a cool BEAST

                                                                • SwZ
                                                                  SwZ  5 days back

                                                                  i loved this guy in Spiderman Far from Home

                                                                  • EyeAm
                                                                    EyeAm  5 days back

                                                                    Thomas Jefferson is and always will be one of the greatest and most honorable men who has ever lived.

                                                                    • EyeAm
                                                                      EyeAm  4 days back

                                                                      @Tuna Fishy Jefferson reported his observations truthfully and without malice. He also explicitly remarked that he did not know whether his observations were more a reflection of what the black slaves were "naturally", as you put it, or more a reflection of their circumstances, i.e...he did not say it was certainly nature rather than nurture.

                                                                    • Tuna Fishy
                                                                      Tuna Fishy  4 days back

                                                                      Also a racist who claimed black people were naturally smelly and worse in the same paper he "condemned" slavery in but go off I guess

                                                                  • Zucchini_ Art
                                                                    Zucchini_ Art  5 days back

                                                                    No one:

                                                                    Cabinet battles in hamilton:

                                                                    • SonofRiggnarok
                                                                      SonofRiggnarok  5 days back

                                                                      "I'd never work for your ass, but I'll kick it for free!"

                                                                      • SonofRiggnarok
                                                                        SonofRiggnarok  5 days back

                                                                        "I'd never work for your ass, but I'll kick it for free!"

                                                                        • SonofRiggnarok
                                                                          SonofRiggnarok  5 days back

                                                                          "I'd never work for your ass, but I'll kick it for free!"

                                                                          • Mr.James Conductor
                                                                            Mr.James Conductor  5 days back

                                                                            We need Andrew Jackson vs Nixon

                                                                            • Golden Dragon Gacha
                                                                              Golden Dragon Gacha  5 days back

                                                                              I don’t if I like Thomas Jefferson because of Hamilton..... I’ve listen to the musical way to many times

                                                                              • Poppy Harlow
                                                                                Poppy Harlow  6 days back

                                                                                Actually Jefferson didn't have children with a slave, what happened was an editor for a paper didn't like him so he slandered his name by saying he had children with a slave
                                                                                But my brother gotta win man

                                                                                • Matthew Rhoden
                                                                                  Matthew Rhoden  6 days back

                                                                                  WOW tj came with it but from start to finish fd smashed and that smooth cool beat flow jb smoove Lol

                                                                                  • Kallypaso
                                                                                    Kallypaso  6 days back

                                                                                    Damn Fred beat his ass

                                                                                    • Tenacious TBag
                                                                                      Tenacious TBag  6 days back

                                                                                      Anyone else get the JB Smoove Crown Royal commercial on this video? Lol