This morning, B.o.B. released "Flatline," a track that aimed to give further explanation to his theory that the world is flat. On the song, he takes aim at scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who on Monday publicly explained to the rapper that the world is round. On the songs second verse, B.o.B. also raps: Do your research on David Irving/ Stalin was way worse than Hitler/ That's why the POTUS gotta wear a Kipper [kippah]/ I'm a man first 'fore an artist/ Get a lawyer, look up Doctor Richard Sauder.
The lyrics seem to carry at least a bit of anti-semitism, especially in their endorsement of David Irving's research. Irving is a famous European Holocaust denier. In 2011, a London judge described him as an "anti-Semitic and racist" person who "associates with right-wing extremists who promote neo-Nazism."
Reached over email from the Scottish highlands on Tuesday, Irving told The FADER that he had never heard of B.o.B. or the song until we contacted him. "I would like to say I have the greatest respect for American rap singers, but can’t quite get the words out," he said.
According to Irving, his reading of the lyrics suggests that "[B.o.B.] does not quite go along with what the media (and shortly, Hollywood) says about me, quite right." Irving said he agreed with B.o.B.'s estimation that Stalin was worse than Hitler. "I think that Stalin is credited with 35,000,000 nicks on his bedpost, Hitler only 6,000,0000," he wrote.
And although Irving was unfamiliar with the terms "POTUS" and "kippur," he said that he "will now take a greater interest in American rap."
Representatives for B.o.B. did not immediately return a request for comment.