Listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson's Epic Rap Takedown of Flat Earth Rapper B.O.B.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 11:07AM
Wednesday, 27 January 2016 - 11:07AM
Listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson's Epic Rap Takedown of Flat Earth Rapper B.O.B.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has always engaged with popular culture, but still, I never thought I would see the day that I would be saying "a prominent astrophysicist just released a diss track taking down a rapper's Flat Earth theories." However, today is that day.


The "feud" started when rapper B.O.B. sent out a barrage of tweets asserting his ardent belief in the "Flat Earth" conspiracy theory, which claims that the Earth is actually flat and NASA has been concealing it from the public- for some reason.


He sent out well over 50 tweets yesterday, which detailed his rather elaborate conspiracy theory, which involves secret cloning centers that are secretly creating "Mark 2 REM driven clones and Synthetic Robotoids," as well as the underside of the Earth being populated by "Vril" which, as far as I can tell, are a subterranean master race from an 1871 science fiction novel

And then, of course, there's the whole "the Earth is flat" thing, which is essentially based on the horizon being straight in pictures. No, seriously.





Neil deGrasse Tyson, who never suffers fools gladly, decided to set him straight with a few tweets:

Opening quote
"Earth's curve indeed blocks 150 (not 170) ft of Manhattan. But most buildings in midtown are waaay taller than that. Polaris is gone by 1.5 deg S. Latitude. You've never been south of Earth's Equator, or if so, you've never looked up."
Closing quote

So naturally, B.O.B. released a (since deleted) diss track called "Flatline," which was built around the hook "Flat line, flat line / You fooled us for the last time / Flat line, flat line / There's no superior blood line," and referenced Tyson by name: "Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest / They'll probably write that man one hell of a check."

But the best part of this story, of course, is that Tyson released his own rebuttal diss track, sung by his nephew, beating B.O.B. at his own game. The full song can be heard above, but some of the best lyrics include, "Very important that I clear this up / You say that Neil's vest is what he needs to loosen up? / The ignorance you're spinning helps to keep people enslaved, I mean mentally." 

Opening quote
"I think it's very clear that Bobby didn't read enough / And he's believing all this conspiracy theory stuff."
Closing quote


But, it all ended on a nice and civil note, with Tyson's last tweet to B.O.B. reading, "Duude - to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn't mean we all can't still like your music."

And B.O.B.'s response to the diss track was perfect:

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