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Neil deGrasse Tyson Responds to B.o.B’s Flat Earth Talk, Bringing Logic to StarTalk + Introduces Nephew Tyson who Wrote “Flat To Fact”

Twitter has been a war zone for rappers over the last couple months from 50 Cent and Meek Mill to Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, there’s been no shortage of entertainment online. None of these clashes though have been as interesting as B.o.B and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Going on a tired to his 2.3 million followers surrounding the idea that the world may in fact be flat, B.o.B caught the attention of famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and the rest is history. Joining Sway in the Morning, Tyson laughs at the idea of there even being an argument into the assumption that the world is indeed flat. While he has no problem with B.o.B or his music, deGrasse Tyson says he took to Twitter after his fans reached out to him to correct the Atlanta MC’s use of math and physics.

Explaining to Sway and the crew that he educates and doesn’t debate, deGrasse Tyson debunks the so called proof that B.o.B brought to the table. After B.o.B and deGrasse exchanged a few Tweets, B.o.B took things to wax for a diss at deGrasse Tyson titled “Flatline.”

Things once again became incredibly interesting as deGrasse Tyson’s nephew Steven Tyson aka TYSON, a doctorate student at Arcadia University, reached out to his uncle to aid in a response. The result was “Flat To Fact,” a Drake styled parody that blew up instantly online.

We were blessed to have TYSON in-studio with his uncle as he explained that parody rap is not his style. Citing KRS-One and Nas as inspiration, TYSON expands on his style of rap as he only responded to B.o.B as a joke. Check out the full interview along with TYSON’s exclusive freestyle and while you’re at it check out the rest of his discography via SoundCloud. Oh yeah, Logic fans? deGrasse Tyson mentioned that Logic may be heading to StarTalk very soon, stay tuned!


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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