Poor Skrillex. The abuse he takes as being part of the EDM culture vanguard must be an enormous pain in the ass for Sonny at times. After all, being in such a position pretty much ensures that you’re going to become the target of innumerable haters out there, not to mention parody artists looking to draw attention to themselves and their so-called comedic skills at his expense. It would no doubt be much more tolerable for both Skrillex and the general public if the humor that most of these would-be funsters put out was actually funny. Of course, given the extremely low average talent levels of these guys it normally isn’t, but guess what—there is at least one exception. Yes, there is at least one Skrillex parody that actually does deliver the laughs, in the form of a rapping battle for the ages with one of the greatest composers of all time. If you haven’t guessed yet, let me spell it out for you: it’s “Mozart vs. Skrillex: Epic Rap Battles Of History.”
Now, before any of you start getting your panties in a bunch and start whining, “Why are they picking on Skrillex? He isn’t even a rapper! And, um, neither was Mozart…I think!” That’s all very true. However, that little fact is completely irrelevant to the ERBOH (Epic Rap Battles of History) people, as they’ve been pairing up all manner of historical figures in massive rap battles for a couple of years now. Their often very funny YouTube parody videos have generated at least ten million hits for all but one of them, and why not? After all, who could turn away from verbal sparring matchups like Bruce Lee vs. Clint Eastwood, Albert Einstein vs. Stephen Hawking or Darth Vader vs. Hitler? At this writing, the Skrillex vs. Mozart video has nearly fifteen million YouTube hits since its release on April 8, and the number will no doubt continue to climb, especially when more people get hold of wonderfully scathing lyrics like these ones:
You’re a weirdo Wolfie, you’re into powdered wigs and poop
And your cousin blew notes on your little magic flute
Your daddy issues make the Jackson 5 look like the Family Circus
You might have been a genius, but you died baroque and worthless
I’m rich, acclaimed and famous/I’m on playlists/I’m the A-List
You’re the lamest/kiss my ass, A-A-A-A-Amadeus
Was that a verse, or did you just get the hiccups?
I’m a prodigy Sonny, and I’m about to smack a bitch up
My music is two hundred years old and it’s still excellent
In two more months the world will forget about your Skrill-excrement
I can’t believe the way you dress when you dubstep out of the house
You’re like an emo Steve Urkel and you reek of dead mouse
I am the world’s greatest composer, no one knows what you are
Except a lonely little troll who knows how to press a space bar
Ouch…and it only gets better. Or worse, depending on your POV. I must say, though, that for a very dead classical composer, Mozart uses modern EDM references quite deftly. You watch and decide if we need to give Weird Al a call to let him know he has some competition. If you conclude that you can’t live without this track, it and all of the Epic Rap Battles are available on iTunes.
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