Less than 72 hours after popular rap artist B.o.B. went on a several hour long Twitter rant about the earth being flat, and a mere 24 hours after Neil Degrasse Tyson set him straight on the subject, B.o.B. doubled down. The artist released a song, Flatline, which was part mockery and accusation of Neil Degrasse Tyson as Illuminati shill and none-too-trendy a dresser, and part admission as to the sources of his ‘knowledge’ on the Flat Earth and other dubious subjects. This is not the first case of B.o.B. promoting conspiracy theories (see the video below).
This is worth knowing, because besides Flat Earth Trutherism (simply put, the belief that the Earth is flat and all the world ‘elites’ know it), B.o.B. makes mention of conspiracy theorists with very specific lines of conspiracy ideology; one of which being Holocaust Denial.
Lyrics include “Do your research on David Irving” which references White Aryan Holocaust Denier David Irving. B.o.B.’s mention of David Irving is not followed by anything saying Irving was wrong or somehow misled, so it should be assumed that B.o.B. is actually endorsing Irving’s racism along with his conspiracy theory. That is followed by the lines “Stalin was way worse than Hitler, That’s why the POTUS gotta wear a kippah,” making the obvious claim that the President of the United States, and the world, are controlled by a Jewish Zionist conspiracy.
Another conspiracist referenced in Flatline is Dr. Richard Sauder, Richard Sauder (doctoral status stands in question) is a major proponent for conspiracy theories involving aliens, deep underground military bases (or D.U.M.B.s) and tunnel systems linking a web of secret installations throughout America. Based on the mention of Sauder in particular, it can easily be surmised that B.o.B. is either under the impression that these theories are plausible, or true, or that some other conspiracy theory Saulder promotes is true. Saulder lists among his other interests: electronic mind control, Freedom Technology, UFOs, human prehistory and remote antiquity, international politics, the Kundalini energy and alternative thought patterns.
Of all the conspiracy theories B.o.B. cites, alludes to, or deliberately promotes in Flatline (he also references ‘shadow lizard’ people), the Flat Earth Theory is still at the center of the song. The fact that this has gotten B.o.B. the attention of conspiracy theorists may make him a few fans, but his old fans, the ones that value science and reason, may end up leaving ‘team b.o.b.’ for good. The only chance for B.o.B.’s redemption is a studied consideration of how he came to believe the various conspiracy theories that he promotes in Flatline and pen new rhymes with a wiser message and the same wit he still uses to turn a phrase. Sadly, some of the smartest people fall victim to the illogical traps of conspirative thought, but it is often those same people that can help shed light and be the strongest promoters of truth. That is, of course, if they don’t lose their grasp on reality altogether.
Good luck, Bobby Ray, you need it.