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Parents' Guide to

Epic Rap Battles of History

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Clips will make kids laugh; parents may not find them funny.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 10+

Depends... Avoid Some Videos

Language is used, from insults and impolite words to arse to f**k and of course, to c**t. I’d avoid some, such as Nice Peter Vs. EpicLloyd and any but the first Adolf Hitler Vs. Darth Vader. The 1st one is fine and funny!
age 16+

The butt review

Epic rap battles of history or ERB is a great YouTube channel. They have many good rap battles of all times of like history, or spies, or book writers, or horror movie characters. Some raps are a little educational with one saying something about the other. There are a couple ok for children raps but a lot of raps have bad language like f*ck, b*tch, a**, d*mn, c*nt, sh*t d*ck........."......................! ERB is more for mature audiences and not for little kids. Some have a bit bloody backgrounds.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (10 ):

The videos on Epic Rap Battles of History aren't exclusively about the past -- some modern-day characters, such as Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, along with literary characters, pop up fairly frequently. However, kids will see plenty of famous figures they may be familiar with, ranging from Bonnie and Clyde to George Washington and Edgar Allen Poe.

They'll also, unfortunately, see some things parents may not be crazy about, including shooting, suicide (thanks to Romeo and Juliet), swearing, and some in-jest (yet still potentially offensive) cracks about race, culture, and sexual orientation. The epic rap battles are likely to be a hit with kids; many are funny, and they often feature interesting character combinations. However, parents who are considering using the battles to supplement learning may want to watch videos with their kids -- or beforehand -- to mitigate some of the questionable content.

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