Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Rapper and The Planetarium Gift Shop Manager Battle It Out Over the Flat Earth Theory

They Be Dissing All Up In Here

While everyone is absorbed and distracted by the every present political bitch-slapping and media driven nonsense of the presidential primary season that has begun to take on the trappings of a Marx Brothers movie, on the outskirts of reality there has been other less serious but humorous battles taking place. 

Seems a 9th grade dropout / rap artist named  B.o.B. apparently believes that the world is flat, and that the highly entertaining  celebrity Planetarium Gift Shop Manager and media personality, Neil deGrasse Tyson, (who recently took to tweeter to show his trouble discerning the fact adding spaceships to a medieval style mythical story of  a boy joining up with an old wizard to save a princess from evil's grasp, is not science) is in fact  part of a vast secret scientific conspiracy to hide the fact of earth's flatness from the ignorant populous. 

That idea may come as a surprise to every astronaut and cosmonaut who has orbited the Earth, but as with most conspiracy theories, flat eartherism is impervious to facts and reason.

In what has to be the weirdest rap battle in history,  the Atlanta rapper released a “diss track” called “Flatline” in which he compared himself to Malcolm X. and calls out Tyson for his belief in a round earth.  The musical salvo elicited a response in the form of another diss track called “Flat to Fact” launched at B.o.B. by Tyson and his nephew, rapper Stephen Tyson.

Rapper B.o.B. and the Planetarium Gift Shop Manager

The diss track B.o.B. launched makes fun of Tyson’s clothing choices, among other things.

"Neil Tyson need to loosen up his vest
They'll probably write that man one hell of a check."
No doubt glad of the media exposure and the opportunity to connect with the rap community that has been woefully underserved by science education, Tyson and his nephew issued a cheeky response.
“I think it's very clear, that Bobby didn't read enough
And he's believing all this conspiracy theory stuff
Are these all of your thoughts or is the loud talkin?"
Diss tracks, in various forms, have been around since the ancient Irish bards. Angering an Irish musician was not something you did if you knew what was good for you. The music performed by some of those ancient musicians was said to have such power that it could cause inclement weather and make livestock sicken and die. Modern rappers have to resort to drive-by shootings when they get cross with someone.
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