North Korea's Kim Jong-il rap-battles Hulk Hogan

Tha Good Life - by John Paul "JP" Tanchanco

Posted at Apr 30 2013 12:31 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2013 08:53 PM

Who do you think would win a rap-battle between the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and Hulk Hogan?

According to recent news, tensions are still growing on the Korean Peninsula. So, I thought of sharing with you a popular and fun music video to help keep things light and peaceful.

Epic Rap Battle

Epic Rap Battle of History is a top-grossing and award-winning YouTube series created by production duo Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Alquist.

The excellently produced videos feature historical and pop culture figures battling each other through originally composed rap music.

I think one of their videos is very timely. I hope that it can inspire the young North Korean leader to seek a more peaceful way of showing off, like rap music. The video features the late dictator Kim Jong-il (father of current leader Kim Jong-un) battling my favorite WWF superstars, Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage. As of this posting, the video had garnered 29.8 million hits.

Epic Rap Battle of Kim Jong Il, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage

According to their Wikipedia page, the idea to let historical figures rap-battle each other was initially conceived by Peter and Lloyd as a live improv show. They eventually decided to make it a YouTube series due to production difficulties.

The duo's first three videos were shot on a shoestring budget of only $50.

Their big break came after they released an episode featuring Darth Vader battling Hitler. The video went viral and currently has over 73 million hits.

Epic Rap Battle of Hitler and Darth Vader

On February 17, 2013, the videos won four recognitions from Streamy, an award-giving body presented by the International Academy for Web Television.

Among their other popular episodes are rap-battles that feature Steve Jobs vs. Bill Gates, Frank Sinatra vs. Freddie Mercury, Ghandi vs. Martin Luther King, Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney, Michael Jackson vs. Elvis Presley, and many more.

Epic Rap Battle of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley

Epic Rap Battle of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates

For more info and videos by Epic Rap Battle of History, visit their official website,, or subscribe to their YouTube channel.

John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.

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