As a way to broaden the opportunities available in conjunction with New York Comic-Con, ReedPOP coordinates events that go beyond the parameters of the typical NYCC experience. These events, held at venues throughout New York City (like Hudson Mercantile, Alamo Drafthouse, Lincoln Center, and more) come together as a program called NYCC Presents.
One such event from this year’s NYCC was a live presentation of Epic Rap Battles of History, presented by B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square. The show, which took place on the first night of Comic-Con last Thursday, brought the popular YouTube channel Epic Rap Battles of History to life. The creators of the channel, Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD, performed what essentially amounted to a “greatest hits” list of their best raps live on stage, as well as creating some new rap battles on the spot.
Comedian Drennon Davis also performed a set prior to the show, cleverly complementing the rap battles with musically-infused jokes of his own. At one point in the Epic Rap Battles performance, Peter and Lloyd called him back out to provide beatboxing as a base layer for some of their classic hits.
Tickets to Epic Rap Battles of History were priced affordably, at a $30 general admission entry that was definitely worth it for the hours of hilarious entertainment that the event provided. A VIP package was also available for an upcharge, which included priority access to the show, an exclusive badge and signed poster, and a private meet and greet with Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD after the show. The VIP upgrade added greatly to the experience, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Epic Rap Battles of History.
NYCC Presents: Epic Rap Battles of History was an uproariously funny and memorable night, and a fantastically fun way to kick off this year’s New York Comic-Con.
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