B.O.B. and Neil deGrasse Tyson engage in unexpected rap battle


Mallorie Munoz, Managing Editor

In need of a hump day pick-me-up? Rapper Bobby Ray Simmons Jr, better known as B.O.B., and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson have brought quite the show this week by engaging in a rap battle. That is right. Two public figures that have absolutely nothing to do with each other are lyrically hashing it out.

In the past five days, B.O.B.’s Twitter has featured many threads giving insight on his views on conspiracy theories such as human cloning and the shape of planet earth. Yes, B.O.B is convinced that the earth is flat, and that the government might be trying to cover the fact up.

Reactions from fans and the Twitter world primarily wrote off the rapper as a laughing stock, as they should. What fans and B.O.B. himself probably did not see coming is a thread of tweets from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, counterarguing the rapper’s theory with scientifically-backed evidence.

B.O.B. did not like this. So, like any rapper would, he releases a song, dissing Tyson. The track titled “Flatline” features lyrics  “Why is NASA part of the department of defense/They divided up the seas into thirty-three degrees/Feeding kids masonry, bruh, be careful what you read.” As the song goes on, the rapper admits to feeling censored and potentially targeted by globalists and the government. He calls out Tyson several times in his track.

Tyson’s response to this post was better than anything I could have ever hoped for. The astrophysicist released a song titled “Flat To Fact”, dissing B.O.B.

It is beyond me how anyone could further top the ongoing rap battle. As B.O.B. prepares his comeback, I will continue to entertain the idea of science educator Bill Nye dropping an entire album explaining to all conspiracy theorists why the earth is, indeed, round.  

Listen to Tyson’s rap response below.