Donald Trump vs Joe Biden is the eighty-first installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the tenth episode of Season 6. It features American business magnate and 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, rapping against former U.S. Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden. It was released on October 24th, 2020.
This battle was announced by ERB as a result of their collaboration with HeadCount, a non-profit organization which works with musicians to promote participation in democracy in the United States.
This battle was written in conjunction with members of the ERB Patreon. Patrons in the "Writer" and "Director" tiers on Discord were able to submit lines for the rappers, which were then incorporated into the battle.
During this writing process, several variations of the previous election battle format were considered. Before settling on the simple 1 vs 1 of the final product, one such variation involved Mike Pence (Trump's Vice President) and Kamala Harris (Biden's candidate for Vice President) backing up Trump and Biden respectively, with the battle ending on former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders flying in on pigeons (as opposed to Abe Lincoln's traditional Bald Eagle) as a third-party rapper. However, this idea was scrapped to avoid overcomplicating the battle, especially in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
This is the first U.S. election-themed battle to not have Abe Lincoln appear as a third-party rapper.
This is the second battle to have a variation on the "Who Won? Who's Next? You Decide!" ending, after Eastern Philosophers vs Western Philosophers. The Announcer says "You Literally Decide!" to emphasize that the ongoing election will have a winner chosen by the people.
Donald Trump is the second rapper to interrupt the announcer, the first being Steve Jobs.
In the banner, Trump is wearing a gas mask, referencing his COVID-19 infection.
Biden's title card has him wearing a mask and squeezing a bottle of hand sanitizer, a reference to the COVID-19 pandemic present during the months leading up to the battle.
Donald Trump interrupting the announcer, as well as interjecting during Biden's first verse may be a reference to his conduct during the first presidential debate where he would interrupt Biden numerous times.
During the line "But you scooped up a sycophantic, homophobe Hoosier," a fly appears on Biden's hair, referencing the moment where a fly landed on Mike Pence's head during the 2020 Vice Presidential debate.
A single red frame briefly appears at the beginning of the video.
Trump's title card has no shadow behind the text.
At 0:22, Trump is placed slightly higher than he should be, showing blank space below the camera's view of Trump.
In the same shot, part of Trump's shirt is keyed out.
The subtitles for the line "Then I go and bone on Melania!" include an additional "I" before bone, when none is said by Trump.
The subtitles for the line "Should've pulled out of Stormy Daniels!" say "Should of pulled out of Stormy Daniels!"
The line, "I'm not a communist, I'm not a socialist, I'm just an old-ass man with some decency!" does not include a hyphen for "old-ass", which would have clarified the word "ass" as a qualifier instead of leaving it open to interpretation.
At 1:30, the Biden that slides to the left stops before going completely off screen, and simply disappears after a second.
At 1:38, when Trump lifts up his arms and pulls his suit jacket away, the sides of his torso are partially keyed out.
The subtitles for the line "And you think they're suckers like McCain" do not include the "and" at the start of the line.
At 2:47, the Biden on the right has no transition, and simply appears suddenly.