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Watch Isaac Newton in a Rap Battle with Bill Nye

We’ve featured Epic Rap Battles of History here at the Lab before — the YouTube series dresses two rappers up as historic figures and pits them against each other to debate their respective achievements in rhyme. It’s the best. There are plenty of battles between sci-fi characters (Doc Brown vs. Dr. Who) artists (try Bob Ross vs. Pablo Picasso, or perhaps Stephen King vs. Edgar Allen Poe), and political figures (Rasputin vs. Stalin!). Of course, my favorite has to be the scientist battles, and this one tops the list. It stars Weird Al Yankovic, for cryin’ out loud.

Weird Al plays Newton and a rapper named Nice Peter plays Nye. Normally, I’d hope that Bill Nye won the battle, but with Al’s always amazing performance, I am all for Newton this time. Unless a special guest with an astronomically themed tie were to appear halfway through…

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Ashley Hamer

Ashley Hamer (aka Smashley) is a saxophonist and writer living in Chicago, where she performs regularly with the funk band FuzZz and jazz ensemble Big Band Boom. She also does standup comedy, sort of, sometimes. Her tenor saxophone's name is Ladybird.

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