You know those days when it feels like the Flat Earth is out to get you? Today is one of those days. If you're not up-to-snuff on the recent #FlatEarth debate, welcome to the internet. Here's the backstory. It involves a rapper named B.o.B and several conspiracy theories and a diss track leveled against astrophysicist-with-mustache Neil deGrasse Tyson.
It is a classic rule of physics that one diss track must inevitably follow another (no matter how much you hope it won't), and so Tyson has just responded to B.o.B's song with one of his own. As Noisey points out, it's not actually NdGT, but rather his nephew Steve Tyson who's doing the rapping here. Don't worry: you'll still hear Neil's voice on the track. In an inspiring opening move, Tyson quotes his own tweet: "Flat Earth is a problem only when people in charge think that way." Haha wait but I feel like it's also a problem for me now!
The song is called "Flat to Fact," and its sample of Drake's "Back to Back" coupled with Steve's Jim-Carrey-mixed-with-Babelfish-flow makes the track feel like a bad Weird Al parody. Here's a line: "I got science in my corner and there's nothing to fear / Not really sure what made you think that you could disrespect a Tyson and your ship won't sink." Well, I got news for you, science boy: disrespect doesn't sink ships.
Anyway, time to wrap it up, we've all lost this one.
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