Rob’s Roundup: B.O.B. and Neil deGrasse Tyson get into Twitter Rap battle

Rob’s Roundup: B.O.B. and Neil deGrasse Tyson get into Twitter Rap battle
Friday, January 29, 2016
Rob Walker

Seconds after the first tweet came the first twitter battle. This week B.O.B gets into a Twitter rap battle with physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

B.O.B gets into rapping twitter battle with Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

As a former journalist who has written well over a thousand articles, I think that might be my favorite headline.

Over the last few days, rapper B.O.B, who is known for the singles “So Good“, “Both of Us” and “Out of My Mind” got into it on Twitter with Neil deGrasse Tyson over the fact that – hold onto your hat – the earth is flat. To be specific, the rapper thinks that the earth is flat, and the physicist is a, well, physicist (and understands basic concepts). First B.O.B dropped some of these amazing tweets, which range from the fact that buildings are far apart and should be tilted if the world was really round, to NASA being behind an ancient conspiracy to prove the world is round.

bob city tweet

And then he posted some more really incredible stuff, like this:

 

bob world map

Because apparently airplanes have to turn around constantly or they risk flying off into…space? The dreamtime?

Physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who has spent the entirety of his adult life being amazing and educating people, took mild offense to this and began schooling B.O.B on the finer points of math and geography.

tyson burn

Sick burn, Professor!

The conversation waged for hours (B.O.B tweeted for almost the entire day), until finally B.O.B dropped an entire song called ‘Flatline’ devoted to calling out Tyson. It’s since been pulled from soundcloud, but it included such precious lyrics as:

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.

Oh, not to mention some casual racism and holocaust denial for good measure.

Not one to be outdone, deGrasse Tyson posted a followup of a rap that his nephew created for him, called ‘Flat to Fact’.

Ignoring the ridiculousness of the whole ‘flat earth’ premise, it’s pretty amazing to see a highly respected and educated scientist duking it out on social media and coming out on top in such fine form, increasing awareness and discussion around subjects like this by an exponential degree.