UPDATED: Neil deGrasse Tyson drops diss track in response to B.o.B.'s flat Earth song

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Jan 26, 2016

Update: We asked, and Neil deGrasse Tyson has been kind enough to oblige. Tyson teamed up with rapper Steven Tyson (NDGT's nephew) for a diss track fired back at B.o.B., and spoiler alert, it's waaay better than B.o.B.'s track. Like, yeah, this is good for a few witty laughs. Enjoy, because this will almost certainly go down as the weirdest rap feud in history.

Check out the original post below:

The rapper B.o.B. believes the world is flat. He is wrong.

Back before science advanced to the point where humans could get a good grasp of the cosmos, the greatest minds on Earth believed the planet was flat. Then, a few hundred years ago, we figured out it wasn’t — and we’ve since sent humans and satellites into space, where they have taken myriad pictures showing Earth is (surprise, surprise) a big pretty marble orbiting the sun. But, that's all a conspiracy anyway, so whatevs.

Despite these, well, facts, a small group of truthers still believe there is a grand conspiracy to make us all believe the Earth is round, so, uhh, Big Globe can continuing raking in the billions (we're guessing?). Regardless, the rapper B.o.B. is part of this flailing movement, and is trying to spread the gospel to his 2.3 million Twitter followers.

So, everyone’s favorite scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson fired back a logic bomb to set B.o.B. straight. Or so he thought.

… and, well, you get the picture. This dude is bonkers.

Anyway, B.o.B. is not one to let Tyson’s fancy schmancy “science” get the last word, so he has released a diss track (basically, when a rapper performs a song to insult another person specifically) focused squarely on Tyson. It’s, well, about as dumb and rambling as you might expect considering the topic. Oh, and fair warning, it includes some NSFW language.

Check it out below, along with a breakdown of the lyrics (read the whole thing, it’s totally worth it), so you can follow along:

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 definitively coming for me now
I can’t even keep my phone charged up
All this shit I’m talking, I should get my
Rappers get off of my dick, 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 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
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 [?]

Hook 2

Flat line, 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 from the equator is farther away from the center of the Earth than sea level at the poles. It has nothing to do with global warming and melting of the ice caps

(Why is that?)

Because we...Earth we know it spins, once uh...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, you know when you spin pizza dough it kind of flattens out. It gets wider in the middle...so Earth throughout it’s life, Earth, even when it formed, it was spinning. And it got a little wider at the equator that it does at the poles. So it’s not actually a sphere, it’s oblate, it’s officially an oblate spheroid

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 a bigger than the height of mount Everest above sea level

Hook 2

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

This is hilarious, to say the least. Which, sure Tyson can be a bit of a party pooper at times — but the dude ain't wrong. Now, we just need Neil DeGrasse Tyson to fire back with his own diss track…

(Via Gawker, Neil DeGrasse Tyson)

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