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Mark Zuckerberg battles Elon Musk as ‘Epic Rap Battles’ returns to YouTube

"Epic Rap Battle of History" returns after two years.


Elizabeth VanMetre


Posted on Dec 8, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:52 pm CDT

It’s the tech-titan rap battle that you never knew you needed in the latest “Epic Rap Battles of History.”  

In a spoof video posted Friday, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg go head to head and nothing is off the table.

From Zuckerberg’s Capitol Hill hearing and inability to blink to Musk‘s family history and links to apartheid, actors playing the well-known tech giants go off.

“Elon, you’re nothing but an attention-seeking outcast and your star is faded like you on a podcast,” fake Zuckerberg says, referring to Musk’s recent run-in with NASA after publically smoking pot.

But he’s not the only one taking hits.

“Your platform only launches depression,” fake Musk spits back. “Who put the elf with no friends in charge of human connection?”

You can watch the full battle here and hear all the impressive bars yourself:

In 2017, “Epic Rap Battles” creators Peter “Nice Peter” Shukoff and Lloyd “EpicLLOYD” Ahlquist went on indefinite hiatus after hitting a wall with the 2016 election. Shukoff told Inverse that the Trump era “has changed me as a person and an artist.” 

 But it’s no surprise that this is how Shukoff and Ahlquist returned to their series after a two-year break, considering Zuckerberg and Musk have been pretty public about their beef in real life.

In possibly the nerdiest fight of all time, the pair doesn’t see eye-to-eye when it comes to technology. Zuckerberg sees technology as intrinsically good while Musk feels we need a bit more caution. This becomes clear when discussing artificial intelligence, which Musk has called “a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.” Zuckerberg says those sort of views are brought on by “naysayers.”

It was an impressive welcome back for “Epic Rap Battles.” The jokes are well researched and no matter which nerd you’re pulling for, you’re sure to get a laugh.

Now, who’s next?

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*First Published: Dec 8, 2018, 3:30 pm CST