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The Rap World's Newest Beef: B.o.B. vs Neil DeGrasse Tyson

By Emily Chambers | Social Media | January 26, 2016 | Comments ()

By Emily Chambers | Social Media | January 26, 2016 |


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Neil DeGrasse Tyson is a lot of things: astrophysicists, author, TV host, all around badass.
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But “recipient of a diss track” is not one of the things most people would put on that list. Until now.

See Atlanta rapper B.o.B was a little skeptical about this whole Earth being round thing, and brought his observations to that bastion of scientific thought Twitter. NDT, who as we’ve already stated is an all around badass, was nice enough to explain some of the scientific properties behind B.o.B’s questions.

And because NDT is nothing if not a stand-up guy, he threw in this one.


Now ordinarily, this would just be another day-in-the-life-of Tyson, sciencing some shit on the internet and being awesome while doing it. But B.o.B. upped the ante. And he did so with a slightly racist diss track.

If you can’t listen to the song or just want the lyrics:

[Verse 1]
Yo, you ain’t seen my best
Checkmate, ain’t a game of chess
Globalists see me as a threat
Free thinking, got the world at my neck
Hah, am I paranoid? Picture Malcolm X
In a room full of pigs, trying not to bust a sweat
Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest
They’ll probably write that man one hell of a check
Aye, I’m over here on this side of town
Come on over, over, over, over here try to clown
Aye, I never pipe down
If they weren’t coming for me then
They definitely coming for me now
I can’t even keep my phone charged up
All this shit I’m talking, I should get my home bought up
Rappers get off of my dick and get your own bars up
Now the mirror lizard’s breath got the clones scared cuz
Woo, use your, use your common sense
Why is NASA part of the department of defense?
They divided up the seas into thirty-three degrees
Feeding kids masonry, bruh, be careful what you read

[Hook 1]
Flat line, flat line
There’s no superior blood line
Flat line, flat line
You got me once but that died, aye

[Verse 2]
Voice, voice, do I have a voice?
Do I give a fuck? Do I have a choice?
Joint, joint, I roll up a joint
Keep my shooters in the game like I hate to disappoint
I see only good things on the horizon
That’s probably why the horizon is always rising
Indoctrinated in a cult called science
And graduated to a club full of liars
Heliocentrism, you were the sixth victim
Fuck you and your team, you could sit on the bench with ‘em
They nervous, but before you try to curve it
Do your research on David Irving
Stalin was way worse than Hitler
That’s why the POTUS gotta wear a Kipper
I’m a man first ‘fore an artist
Get a lawyer, look up Doctor Richard Sauder

[Hook 2]
Flat line
You fooled us for the last time
Flat line, flat line
There’s no superior blood line

[Interlude: Neil Tyson]
So you want to find farthest point from that center. And it turns out sea level at the equator is farther away from the center of the Earth than sea level near the poles. It has nothing to do with global warming and melting of the ice caps

(Why is that?)

Because… Earth, we know it spins, once a…. day. Yes, thank you. Three people know, uh, how long a day lasts here

(Good for row number two, they’re off to a great start)

So you, so you spin, you know when you spin pizza dough, it kind of flattens out. It gets wider in the middle…so Earth throughout it’s life, even when it formed, it was spinning. And it got a little wider at the equator than it does at the poles. So it’s not actually a sphere, it’s oblate, it’s officially an oblate spheroid. That’s what we call it. But not only that, it’s slightly wider below the equator than above the equator

(A little chubbier?)

Little chubbier, chubby’s a good word, it’s like pear-shaped. It turns out the pear-shapedness is bigger than the height of Mount Everest above sea level

[Hook 2]
Flat line
You fooled us for the last time
Flat line, flat line
There’s no superior blood line
Dead

I can’t really comment on the quality of the song as a diss track, but two things really struck me:
1.) As I’ve said before, I understand that people who believe crazy ass shit process information the same way other people do. We try to understand things, if those things are beyond our understanding we find something whose understanding we trust and take their word for it. It’s the best way of dealing with an expertise gap. But choosing to trust someone’s understanding of a situation because it most closely aligns with your own is a terrible practice.

2.) Why do conspiracy theorists always blame the Jews? The two guys that B.o.B. name drops? Both lunatics. David Irving, noted Holocaust denier and certified extremist, has thrown out these gems before:

“I don’t think there was any overall Reich policy to kill the Jews. If there was, they would have been killed and there would not be now so many millions of survivors. And believe me, I am glad for every survivor that there was.” — 1988 comment disputing the Final Solution
“Until the end of this tragic century there will always be incorrigible historians, statesmen, and publicists who are content to believe, or have no economically viable alternative but to believe, that the Nazis used ‘gas chambers’ at Auschwitz to kill human beings. But it is now up to them to explain to me as an intelligent and critical student of modern history why there is no significant trace of any cyanide compound in the building which they have always identified as the former gas chambers.” — 1989 comment questioning the gas chambers
and
“I’m going to form an association of Auschwitz Survivors, Survivors of the Holocaust and Other Liars — or the ASSHOLs.” — 1991 speech to a Canadian audience

What a fucking peach.

Dr. Richard Sauder on the other hand doesn’t necessarily believe that the Jews are behind any sort of mind- controlling, science cult that forces people to believe the world is round. He’s simply an author:

Dr. Sauder lays out the amazing evidence and government paper trail for the construction of huge, manned bases offshore, in mid-ocean, and deep beneath the sea floor! Bases big enough to secretly dock submarines! Official United States Navy documents, and other hard evidence, raise many questions about what really lies 20,000 leagues beneath the sea. Many UFOs have been seen coming and going from the world’s oceans, seas and lakes, implying the existence of secret underwater bases. Hold on to your hats: Jules Verne may not have been so far from the truth, after all! Dr. Sauder also adds to his incredible database of underground bases onshore. New, breakthrough material reveals the existence of additional clandestine underground facilities as well as the surprising location of one of the CIA’s own underground bases. Plus, new information on tunneling and cutting-edge, high speed rail magnetic-levitation (MagLev) technology. There are many rumors of secret, underground tunnels with MagLev trains hurtling through them. Is there truth behind the rumors? Underwater and Underground Bases carefully examines the evidence and comes to a thought provoking conclusion!


Mm-hmmm.

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