Rap battles are about more than just rhyming skills. They're the ultimate showdown of personalities, combining elements of comedy, debate and Kabuki to see who reigns supreme.
And let's be honest, there are some personalities we'd like to see clash, even if they don't know how to rap.
Like, say, Chuck Norris and Abe Lincoln. One has a long reach and legendary lexicon, and the other once kicked a baby elephant into puberty and is the reason Waldo is hiding. Sounds like it could be quite the showdown.
Luckily for the curious, "Epic Rap Battles of History," a new web-based series from Los Angeles comedian Nice Peter, explores this conflict and others. Besides Norris vs. Lincoln, you can see John Lennon vs. Bill O'Reilly, Sarah Palin vs. Lady Gaga and even Darth Vader vs. Hitler.
At the conclusion of each video, viewers are invited to vote on who won and what historical figures they'd like to see battle next. Suggestions include Osama vs. Obama, Mike Tyson vs. Einstein and Jesus vs. Michael Jackson.
If there's a more "important" viral series on YouTube, BW doesn't know about it.