Today in Beef: B.O.B. opens his third eye and Neil deGrasse Tyson attempts to shut it

In the most maddening and unnecessary rap feud of this year (or any year), Neil deGrasse Tyson’s nephew and B.o.B. are going head to head. Recently, for reasons only the Illuminati might know, pop-rapper B.o.B. took to his Twitter account to post a wide-ranging amount of conspiracy theories, spanning from old chestnuts like the moon landing hoax and faked atom bombs to true head-scratching malarkey like the earth being flat. Armed with Photoshopped pictures and nonsensical graphs, B.o.B. opened up his third eye wide and invited his Twitter followers (or “sheeple,” as he referred to them) to “wake up.” Now, you might think that a multiplatinum recording artist would arguably have a better idea of the shape of the Earth due to international tours and media appearances. You’d be thinking wrong, dummy!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, never one to let pop culture incorrectly explain astrophysics, stepped up and shot a few tweets off to B.o.B. with stats and figures, ending with “Duude — to be clear: Being five centuries regressed in your reasoning doesn’t mean we all can’t still like your music.” While the jury is still out on Tyson’s last sentence, at least he attempted to be civil. B.o.B then put his thoughts to a beat (much faster than Meek Mill did, admittedly) and tried to set Tyson straight with a rap featuring Tyson’s own voice explaining a supposedly pear-shaped Earth.

Now, since Tyson is a respected astrophysicist and not an MC, his nephew released a diss track back to B.o.B. entitled “Flat to Fact.” To be clear, this is an awful song. However, it’s the only song in existence where the center of the beef is whether or not the Earth is flat, so for that reason alone, it is worth exactly one listen. Hopefully the end of this feud is near and B.o.B. will either A. Close that “third eye” of his B. Delete his Twitter account or C. Reconsider this whole “music” thing.


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Kevin Stairiker is a features writer for Fly. He is a graduate of Temple University and enjoys writing in third person. When he isn't writing, he's probably playing guitar for a litany of bands, reading comics or providing well-needed muscle at The Double Deuce.

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