On Thursday Sept 3 the youtubers behind Epic Rap Battles of History (ERB), Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD, brought their tour to Tulsa, and it was easily the most entertaining concert all year.
ERB is a youtube video series that recently completed their fourth season of videos. Their videos are recognizable for having famous historical and cultural characters duke it out. Some of their most popular videos have grossed nearly 75 million views on youtube, and their channel has 12 million subscribers.
The cost of the show was $25 per person and the show kicked off at 7:30 pm. The Vanguard was practically filled to capacity with ERB fans. Despite not having a fog machine, the air was so dense with e-cig vapor that no one could have known the difference.
This year was their second consecutive visit to Tulsa while on tour. They made sure to use the iconic concert-goer pandering of, “We definitely put Tulsa on our tour schedule because Tulsans are the best.”
An English band by the name of Jackpot Golden Boys headlined the show and did an excellent job of getting the crowd pumped up. They also managed to convince a building full of Oklahomans to use the phrase, “cheers” regularly.
The youtube superstars opened the show with the very first rap battle they ever did, John Lennon vs. Bill O’Reily.
The show consisted of its usual antics. One part clever commentary, and the other part references to male genitalia. They stuck to their guns and only rapped the sketches they have on their youtube page, but it didn’t deter in anyway from how epic it was to be 3 feet away from internet stardom.
Freshman Jacob Eddy attended the concert and said, “It was cool to see people who started small on youtube touring the world with what they do. Unlike most other ways to fame, YouTube famous people never seem to forget who made them famous in the first place.”
Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD could have easily rocked the stage alone, but they went a step further by letting people from the audience come on stage and show off their rapping skills.
Audience members were only invited on stage if they knew all the words, but that didn’t seem to be a problem for the majority of the audience. Every person who went on stage was incredibly enthusiastic and completely nailed their part.
When it was time to close the show, they had no problem with coming back on stage for a four song encore. It’s safe to say that everyone left the concert hall happy with their ticket purchases.