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Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr.
Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr.
Battle information
Release date February 25, 2013
Number 29
Views 93M
Length 1:39
Previous Adam vs Eve
Next Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison
Beat Information
Beat(s) Fire
BPM 95
Beat producer(s) Hollywood Legend Productions
Other information
Actors Jordan Peele
Keegan-Michael Key
Nice Peter
Jose Molina
Dante Cimadamore
Rafael Serrano
Abisai Flores
Brian Fisher
Atul Singh
Nikki Jenkins
Davina Friedlander
Ifechukwude Nwadiwe
Rique Castilloveitia
Nic Parris
Clarence L. Gaines IV
Donnie McMillin
Rappers Gandhi In BattleMartin Luther King, Jr. In Battle
Cameos The white preacher in the Indian Independence March
The white preacher in the Civil Rights March
Indian Independence March Extras
Civil Rights March Extras
Location(s) Gandhi's home
MLK's Dream Speech
Main Street

Gandhi vs Martin Luther King Jr. is the twenty-ninth installment of Epic Rap Battles of History and the fourteenth episode of Season 2. It features the Father of India, Gandhi, rapping against the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. It was released on February 25th, 2013.


Keegan-Michael Key as Gandhi

Jordan Peele as Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nice Peter as the white preacher in the Indian Independence March (cameo)

EpicLLOYD as the white preacher in the Civil Rights March (cameo)

Jose Molina, Dante Cimadamore, Rafael Serrano, Abisai Flores, Brian Fisher, and Atul Singh as Indian Independence March Extras (cameos)

Nikki Jenkins, Davina Friedlander, Ifechukwude Nwadiwe, Rique Castilloveitia, Nic Parris, Clarence L. Gaines IV, and Donnie McMillin as Civil Rights March Extras (cameos)



You want to battle wits? See who's a better pacifist?

I fought the caste system, but you still cannot touch this!

Slumdog skillionare, first name Messiah!

Raps so hot, I spit yoga fire!

Everything you preach, I said it first!

You should jot down these words, plagiarize my whole verse!

Leave your thoughts on the door like the real Martin Luther!

I'm not thinking you shall overcome this, Junior!

Martin Luther King Jr:

I’m the King of civil rights from the city to suburbia!

No shoes, no shirt, but I’m still gonna serve ya!

Make ya swallow your words so you can break the fast,

Then thank God all mighty you can eat at last!

I admire the way you broke the British power,

But I have a dream that one day you'll take a shower!

Like the "H" in your name, you ought to remain silent!

Flatten your style like bread, naan violence!


You would know about bread, Dr. Birmingham sandwich!

Boycott those grits, sit in with some spinach!

With protests and women, the same advice goes:

Always stay away from the ho's!

Martin Luther King Jr:

I've got so much street cred, they write my name on the signs!

I'd ring you for tech support, but I got a no bell prize!

N*gga, we got more beef than one of your sacred cows,

But I'm about to forgive you so hard right now!


I am passively resisting the fact that you suck.

I am celibate because I don't give a fuck!

Scrapped lyrics

Martin Luther King, Jr:

God taught us not to judge men by the color of their skin,

But my momma told me not to stand downwind,

Of a curry-eating, diaper-wearing, nude Yoda man!

I have a dream that one day you'll put on pants!

I'll preach you, I'll teach you, I'll march in the street you!

Any man with more than two teeth can out eat you!

I'll call you for technical support, when I need it on my Nobel prize!

Brother, I know we got more beef than one of your sacred cows,


Boycott those carbs, sit-in on some spinach!




  • This is the first battle to be made for a month-long holiday (Black History Month).
  • Comedy Central posted a YouTube video of Key & Peele as "Vandaveon and Mike", characters of theirs that criticize Key & Peele sketches, and reviewed the newest battle as two critics of themselves.[1]
  • This is the second time the opposing rappers make direct physical contact, after Hitler vs Vader 2.
  • This is the second battle in with both rappers make amends with each other, after Adam vs Eve.
  • This battle was featured in an episode of Elders React by TheFineBros.[2]
    • It is one of eight battles to be featured in a React video by TheFineBros.
  • On August 22, 2016, Gandhi's quote, "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.", was written in the description of the video.
  • At 1:39, this is the shortest battle of Season 2, and the second shortest battle in the series, behind John Lennon vs Bill O'Reilly, at 1:37.
  • In the iTunes version, the instrumental during Gandhi's first four lines is different.
  • This is one of very few battles where the first rapper has the last line, as opposed to the second rapper usually finishing off the song.
  • The battle's instrumental is heard in Lara Croft vs Indiana Jones' Behind the Scenes video.
  • This was the last battle to be released in February until Godzilla vs King Kong.
  • This is one of the few battles where the background music does not play during the credits.


  • A demo of this battle, which featured Nice Peter and EpicLLOYD as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., can be accessed on the ERB Patreon.[3] It was previously available on the Season 3 CD.
  • This battle has the most actors involved in any video.
  • This is the first battle to feature the comedy duo of Key & Peele rapping against each other, with the second being Michael Jordan vs Muhammad Ali.


  • Jose Mendoza was credited in the description as one of the Civil Rights March Extras without actually appearing in the battle as one of them.
  • In Martin Luther King, Jr.'s title card, parts of his hands are cut off.
  • When Gandhi says "Slumdog skillionaire, first name Messiah!", "Messiah" is uncapitalized in the subtitles.
  • When King says "Then thank God Almighty", it is written "then thank God all mighty".
  • When King says "Like the "H" in your name, you ought to remain silent!", the quotation marks that surround "H" are missing from the subtitles.
  • At 0:57, Gandhi can be seen having four ears.
  • When King says "I've got so much street cred, they write my name on the signs!", part of his finger is briefly cut off.
  • During part of Gandhi's last verse, a portion of King that is visible through Gandhi's glasses is in color rather than in black and white.

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