Now Hear This: The Weirdest Rap Battles, Vampire Weekend Loses A Member And More!
Beefs are relatively common in the rap world — hell, they’re common in all worlds, really, but at least in the rap world, beefs can create art. And sometimes that art is really weird. This week, B.o.B. came out swinging with “Flatline”…. his target? Neil deGrasse Tyson, over the controversial claim that the planet earth is a sphere.
Yep — B.o.B. is a flat earther, as he made clear on twitter:
Good Job Guys ??pic.twitter.com/GWFzfQDfNu
— B.o.B (@bobatl) January 25, 2016
But, of course, Dr. Tyson couldn’t let those claims go unanswered, so he put together his own track with the help of his nephew:
But, you know, Dr. Tyson isn’t one to let his nephew fight his own battles, so he went on The Nightly Show to, ahem, drop some science:
So far, B.o.B. hasn’t changed his mind. Perhaps he and fellow Flat-Earther Tila Tequila can get together for some good conspiracy theorizing.
It’s not just B.o.B. and Neil Tyson who are fighting this week — Ghostface Killah and world’s douchebag Martin Shkreli are having a spat too. Ghostface Killah started the dustup by calling Shkreli out on being, you know, terrible. So, maybe Shkreli started it. But either way, Ghostface called Shkreli a “shithead”, and the shithead responded by threatening to erase Ghostface’s tracks from Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, the $2 million Wu-Tang album that Shkreli bought the only copy of, unless:
As mentioned in my video, I expect a written apology, @GhostfaceKillah. At least 500 words, no grammatical errors and Shaolin stays intact.
— Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) January 28, 2016
Shkreli has also talked about how he’s toyed with destroying the album all together. In case it’s not crystal clear that Shkreli’s a troll, he also said in that same interview that he wants to be “the world’s heel”, using the term for a bad-guy wrestler. Here’s the thing though — most heels, in real life, are actually pretty decent guys. That’s why Shkreli will never meet his goal — instead, he’s just an asshole.
Indie rock band Vampire Weekend just lost one of their founding members — guitarist Rostram Batmanglij tweeted an image explaining his departure:
— Rostam Batmanglij (@matsoR) January 26, 2016
Band frontman Ezra Koenig shared a tribute to him on Instagram:
A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important. I'm psyched about the work we've already begun for LP4 and I'm psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with CT and Baio but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year. For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it's all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is "Mitsubishi Macchiato"…for obvious reasons. Shout-out to the fans who have been waiting for new music – it's coming. ?????? Also tomorrow, we gotta talk abt Iowa.
No bad blood, which is a good thing, and it sounds like Rostram might be taking a role sort of like Dee Dee Ramone when he left the Ramones; still involved with the behind-the-scenes stuff and songwriting, just no longer performing.
Vampire Weekend isn’t disbanding — in fact, some of the remaining members are playing at a rally for Bernie Sanders alongside Killer Mike.
Rejoice! For Rihanna has put down the weed and released her newest album. ANTI is now streaming on Tidal.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) January 28, 2016
The deluxe album, with three bonus tracks, comes out today. Oddly enough, the outstanding single “Bitch Better Have My Money” is not on the new record.
New Music This Week: Um, new Rihanna, obviously.
Sia’s long-awaited sixth album This Is Acting finally comes out.
Your Friend, Taryn Miller’s solo project, releases Gumption.
Brooklyn indie-poppers Wet put out their debut, Don’t You.
A new album from Bloc Party, Hymns also comes out — their first since 2012’s Four.
Brilliant hip-hop star Saul Williams’ long awaited MartyrLoserKing is out today.