Rapper B.o.B. takes on astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

Posted at 5:56 PM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 19:50:14-05

Rivalries in rap are all too common, from Biggie and 2Pac all the way up to Drake and Meek Mill. But it’s not often that a rapper takes on an astrophysicist.

After a bizarre weekend Twitter rant in which he claimed the Earth is flat, Grammy-nominated rapper B.o.B. doubled down on his theory and took aim at Neil deGrasse Tyson at a new song released on Monday.

(Warning: this track contains explicit language)

The rapper's rant began on his Twitter account (which he claims has been censored in the past) on Friday. That’s when he tweeted a meme that called for the shutdown of “Human Cloning Centers.”





His tweets then shifted toward space and NASA, which he called “Edge of the World Gatekeepers.” He also accused the agency of doctoring photos of the Earth taken from space.





By Sunday, B.o.B.’s timeline was full of memes that supposedly proved the existence of a flat Earth.








By Monday, the media had taken notice of the rapper’s rant, which produced a number of think pieces disproving his theories. But that didn’t stop him from releasing a new song, “Flatline,” in which he takes shots at noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

In one line, B.o.B. implies that he believes Tyson is being paid by the government to misinform the public.

Aye, Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest
They'll probably write that man one hell of a check

Tyson — who has never been afraid to call out scientific inaccuracies in the entertainment industry in the past — countered B.o.B.’s claims with some scientific facts.







He even found a rapper — his nephew — to counter B.o.B.’s diss track with one of his own.

B.o.B.'s song may be better, but you can still chalk this one up as a win for science.

Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.