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NASA Produces Rap Video On Astrobiology

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the nerds-do-the-darndest-things dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 113

An anonymous reader writes "You've seen the Large Hadron Rap by Kate 'Alpinekat' McAlpine. Now a NASA magazine has commissioned an astrobiology rap. Jonathan Chase, aka 'Oort Kuiper', produced a six-minute YouTube rap video on astrobiology, the scientific search for extraterrestrial life. The lyrics include: 'We've been on Earth for many years and we are still producing answers; as time passes, collective knowledge advances.' This epic rap battle sees Alpinekat/CERN on top with over three million views on YouTube compared with about ten thousand for Oort Kuiper/NASA."

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113 comments

wrong group? (1, Offtopic)

longhairedgnome (610579) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134385)

Shouldn't this be categorized under idle?

Re:wrong group? (2, Informative)

philspear (1142299) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136947)

I guess now all first posts are marked offtopic? "This" was referring to... wait for it... the topic. It was definitely on the topic.

What exactly is the criteria for stuff on idle? Isn't idle just a soapbox for how stupid letters to the editor are?

what about leprechaun's? (1)

Sadsfae (242195) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134387)

i just want to know where the gold's at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZfyrIPw3wY [youtube.com]

Re:what about leprechaun's? (1)

MindDelay (675385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137069)

say yeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhh

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134399)

look girls, it's a lot easier to eat you out if you shave. At least trim yourself. Nobody likes a jungle in your underwear.

Re:fp (0, Offtopic)

longhairedgnome (610579) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134479)

someone had a rough night...

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134489)

Plus a shaved pussy is a lot more manageable when you have your period, according to my girlfriend. She's glad I talked her into it now.

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135215)

I agree. If you're going to shave your legs and armpits, why not your bush?

Re:fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135503)

I like a good bush. You people are a bunch of pedophiles.

Re:fp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25136357)

Do you like girls that don't shave their legs? Do you like girls that don't shave their armpits? Do you like piss-soaked pubes?

See Kidz (0)

JohnHegarty (453016) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134449)

See kidz, i said the astrobiology was kool..

Re:See Kidz (1)

mazarin5 (309432) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134497)

I knew this would get all the hep-cats to think we're keen!

Re:See Kidz (1)

PC and Sony Fanboy (1248258) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134717)

Sadly, this reminds me of 'don't copy that floppy'. And it is just as 'kool'... *sigh*

NASA Goes Rap? (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135891)

Hmm...alas, the final nail in the coffin for NASA.

Black Helicopters (1)

orkysoft (93727) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134461)

I like the black helicopters at the end :-]

Re:Black Helicopters (3, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134559)

There were no black helicopters.

Thanks,
unnamed government agency who is not the NSA, DIA, DSA, CIA or FBI

Re:Black Helicopters (2, Funny)

dintech (998802) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134631)

Ah-ha! That answers it. I always suspected the FDA... :)

Re:Black Helicopters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25136297)

Nah, US Postal Service.

Oh my God! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134793)

It's worse than the above! He's the IRS!

Oort Kuiper? (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134463)

Phobos Deimos would be a better rap name

Re:Oort Kuiper? (1)

Yungoe (415568) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134615)

or MC Tycho.

When you're too stupid.... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134511)

...to learn to play an instrument and write your own music, just steal someone else's, talk all over it and call it "rap".

Re:When you're too stupid.... (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Conrad (600139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134711)

...to learn to play an instrument and write your own music, just steal someone else's, talk all over it and call it "rap".

Rapping well actually has a lot of skills in common with 'real' singing - it's more technical that you'd think. For example you need at least as much timing, enunciation and breath control as singers do, and if you're rapping tunefully you've got to actually hit the note first time, you can't fudge it in vibrato if you're having an off day. Don't dis the rap stars.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134913)

When Eric Clapton plays a mean blues guitar solo, he can do so minus the countless medallions, bling jewelry, fashion street clothing and any need to wave his hands at the camera.

Maybe you need to be black to appreciate rap music but it never ceases to amaze me how the much deeper culture of black blues music, played equally well by both black and white musicians, is totally ignored by those who follow rap and modern black street culture.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

Anonymous Conrad (600139) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135227)

When Eric Clapton plays a mean blues guitar solo, he can do so minus the countless medallions, bling jewelry, fashion street clothing and any need to wave his hands at the camera.

But then there's Hendrix who burns his guitar on stage or one of the countless others who smashes theirs up at the end of the set. The posturing isn't the music.

Blues - yes, you've got a point, but it isn't necessarily everyone's thing. You could say the same about jazz or classical - it's out there, there's an incredible history of it, but they aren't pop culture today.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135629)

But then there's Hendrix who burns his guitar on stage or one of the countless others who smashes theirs up at the end of the set. The posturing isn't the music.

Yes, I take your point about Hendrix but then I'd argue that by the time Hendrix had got to the stage of burning guitars on stage, he was already famous for his music.

Modern music, rap included, is based as much on image and "how good the video looks" as it is on musical content.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

MindDelay (675385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137283)

"Modern music, rap included, is based as much on image and "how good the video looks" as it is on musical content." I really don't know what music you're listening to, but you need to expand your horizons a bit past radio and MTV if you want to hear real music. If that's where you're stuck you'll never get past the image bullshit. That's just how that part of the industry works. There is good music out there though, hip hop included.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

dnoyeb (547705) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136245)

When Eric Clapton plays a mean blues guitar solo, he can do so minus the countless medallions, bling jewelry, fashion street clothing and any need to wave his hands at the camera.

Maybe you need to be black to appreciate rap music but it never ceases to amaze me how the much deeper culture of black blues music, played equally well by both black and white musicians, is totally ignored by those who follow rap and modern black street culture.

Thats just ridiculous. Maybe they don't bling, but blues players have the fanciest guitars of any guitar players. Every genre has their thing.

Some rap does the bling thing. Thats part of Black youth culture. Look rich. White youth culture when I was young at least, was to look "poor." Of course they paid top dollar for those ripped up faded jeans and simple t-shirt. Music is part of culture and vice versa.

When you say "maybe you need to be black to appreciate rap music..." there is some truth to it. You don't need to be racially Black, but you need to comprehend some elements of Black culture. You can be White and do that. Rap would not be big as it is today if lots of White youth were not able to understand it.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

MindDelay (675385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137179)

listen to real hip hop and not the crap on MTV. there's no bling jewelry or medallions or whatever you think. your "need to be black" comment is also ridiculous. go back to mommy's basement and be the closed-minded person you are or grow the fuck up already. there is way more to life than your small world. wake up and you might appreciate more than you know.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137193)

So, by your theory, Bootsy Collins is the missing link between Blues and Rap?

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25138535)

George Clinton did say that "Funk is the DNA for hip-hop". So yeah, that's not too far from the truth. I find the hip-hop I like the best is heavily funk influenced. A Tribe Called Quest, Del Tha Funky Homosapien, etc.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25137917)

All respect to Clapton, but you ought to recognize that rap is more a direct descendant of blues (REAL blues) than Clapton is.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

rpillala (583965) | more than 5 years ago | (#25138157)

Music videos as a form have a lot of unnecessary crap in them. For example, Crash Here Tonight could just be the image of Toby Keith and co. playing the song, but instead he gets Heather Locklear to be in it. Different target audiences perceive success differently.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

Terminus32 (968892) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134973)

Agreed! REAL Hip Hop showcases amazing talent & skills from MCs (rappers), DJs turntablists), breakdancers & graffiti writers (artists). What most people think as 'rap/hip hop' on MTV isn't at all, it's watered-down 'r&b/pop' with all the fakes like 50 Cent & Kanye West with all their 'bling' references. REAL Hip Hop doesn't get much airplay features artists such as Non Phixion, Immortal Technique, The Arsonists, Deltron 3030, Truth Told, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Prez and Mr. Lif..these are just some examples; but there's alot of powerful messages in the music, tales of everyday struggles on the street, Illuminati superpowers micro-chipping the population, alien conspiracies, the war on drugs, etc. The rubbish they show on MTV is to give hip hop a bad name/vibe so the general population don't give the real stuff a chance.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135237)

Just one correction:

Agreed! REAL Hip Hop showcases amazing talent & skills from MCs (rappers), DJs turntablists), breakdancers & graffiti writers (vandals).

If you want "art" go do it on a piece of paper or canvas, not on someone else's wall or on the side of a train that's paid for out of my taxes.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25136723)

Oh, fuck off.

Yeah, I'm so sick of my commute being ruined by these vandals. I much prefer boring train after boring train.

Seriously, does it really matter?

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

MindDelay (675385) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137377)

finally. someone that knows that hip hop is not what you see on MTV.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

diskofish (1037768) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135079)

And the lyrics, oh man. On a good hip-hop track, the lyrics are witty, finely crafted poetry. They have to be. I am often disappointed with the lyrics in rock music. Btw..I am a guitarist.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135887)

Yeah, I especially love it when they rap about drugs, money, street gangs, drive by shootings and bitches.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1, Insightful)

gsslay (807818) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136033)

Rapping well actually has a lot of skills in common with 'real' singing

I'll give you that. But they say that a professional working a chainsaw is also pretty skilful, and I don't listen to that for fun either.

Re:When you're too stupid.... (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137629)

But they say that a professional working a chainsaw is also pretty skilful, and I don't listen to that for fun either.

I'm guessing you've never heard the solo to "The Lumberjack" [youtube.com] by Jackyl... {starts at around 1:37}

I just listened again for fun. Thanks for the reminder!

Re:When you're too stupid.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25138505)

LHC Astrobiology (1)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137247)

Astrobiology doesn't do it for me. The LHC rap had a sense of fun, was well constructed, managed to have a high density of content, and didn't take itself too seriously.

I appreciate Jonathan's effort and his very cool video editing, but it suffers from following an act like LHC.

It's a (w)rap! (2, Funny)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134621)

Please, no more science raps. The LHC by Alpinekat is pretty unbeatable anyway. What next, a programming language? I can't wait for the C-rap!

Re:It's a (w)rap! (1)

ozamosi (615254) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134715)

The QBasic Nerd [youtube.com] guy tells you to get of his lawn. And learn to sing.

Re:It's a (w)rap! (1)

Missing_dc (1074809) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134817)

"Please, no more science raps. The LHC by Alpinekat is pretty unbeatable anyway. What next, a programming language? I can't wait for the C-rap!"

Dude, it's all C-RAP!

and alpinekat's work would have been much better if they had written the music instead of sampled and overplayed an already overplayed 90s song.

Re:It's a (w)rap! (5, Funny)

paniq (833972) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134997)

well, check out this appendage:
don't be so object oriented.
The C programming language
doesn't need to be defended!

you believe in classes
but C is for the masses!

i f*ck you with my struct
on this 24th september
like it private and protected?
better stroke my public member!

now kneel down and dereference my pointer.

Re:It's a (w)rap! (1)

tbuddy23 (1178415) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135483)

MC Plus+, Monzy and programming nerdcore rappers precede science rappers, and do arguably better a job of being entertaining rather than educational.

noice! (1)

ArcSecond (534786) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134623)

lol @ "studying peas"
This is definitely a better rap than the CERN one. Buddy knows how to flow, and manages to actually discuss the subject without falling into cutesy rhyming.
Q: Does this qualify as nerdcore?

Re:noice! (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136137)

This guy is a rapper, not a scientist, and the whole project is professionally done, not a bunch of researchers goofing around. By that standard, it's pretty poor. And the LHC video is much more scientifically informative than the NASA one, although that's probably due at least in part to the much greater scientific soundness of the LHC in general, compared to exobiology.

If I had to choose where to work based on the two videos, no question I'd go for the people at CERN who obviously love their work and want to share it with others, over the people who just contracted out the whole thing.

Re:noice! (1)

lumenistan (1165199) | more than 5 years ago | (#25139003)

Not a scientist? From TFA:

"Mr Chase, who holds two undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering and science and science fiction, is now visiting schools in south Wales to engage pupils in rap and science."

I think if you have a degree in Aerospace Engineering, you probably get to call yourself a scientist. Even if you follow that up with something as sensical as a degree in Science and Science Fiction (wtf? anything where L Ron Hubbard could be a professor is suspect). Still, I think saying the guy is NOT a scientist is silly. Apparently you can be more than one thing at the same time.

Re:noice! (1)

Otter (3800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25140799)

I think if you have a degree in Aerospace Engineering, you probably get to call yourself a scientist.

I'd dispute that, but my snobbery aside ... he's training for a communications job, he has no connection (AFAICT) to NASA and he was brought into this project purely as a rapper/publicist.

Actually, where I was mistaken was in thinking that Kate McAlpine was a researcher. In fact, she's also a publicist with an undergrad degree. But she does work for CERN, the people in the video are researchers, it was filmed on site, so I wasn't that far off in finding the LHC video much more genuine.

Refined Rap (1)

necro81 (917438) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134635)

He raps with a British accent - therefore he must be smart.

mc hawking still the best (4, Interesting)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134657)

to the tune of OPP

Trash Talk
Harm me with harmony.
Doomsday, drop a load on 'em.

Verse 1
Entropy, how can I explain it? I'll take it frame by frame it,
to have you all jumping, shouting saying it.
Let's just say that it's a measure of disorder,
in a system that is closed, like with a border.
It's sorta, like a, well a measurement of randomness,
proposed in 1850 by a German, but wait I digress.
"What the fuck is entropy?", I here the people still exclaiming,
it seems I gotta start the explaining.

You ever drop an egg and on the floor you see it break?
You go and get a mop so you can clean up your mistake.
But did you ever stop to ponder why we know it's true,
if you drop a broken egg you will not get an egg that's new.

That's entropy or E-N-T-R-O to the P to the Y,
the reason why the sun will one day all burn out and die.
Order from disorder is a scientific rarity,
allow me to explain it with a little bit more clarity.
Did I say rarity? I meant impossibility,
at least in a closed system there will always be more entropy.
That's entropy and I hope that you're all down with it,
if you are here's your membership.

Chorus
You down with entropy?
Yeah, you know me! (x3)
Who's down with entropy?
Every last homey!

Verse 2
Defining entropy as disorder's not complete,
'cause disorder as a definition doesn't cover heat.
So my first definition I would now like to withdraw,
and offer one that fits thermodynamics second law.
First we need to understand that entropy is energy,
energy that can't be used to state it more specifically.
In a closed system entropy always goes up,
that's the second law, now you know what's up.

You can't win, you can't break even, you can't leave the game,
'cause entropy will take it all 'though it seems a shame.
The second law, as we now know, is quite clear to state,
that entropy must increase and not dissipate.

Creationists always try to use the second law,
to disprove evolution, but their theory has a flaw.
The second law is quite precise about where it applies,
only in a closed system must the entropy count rise.
The earth's not a closed system' it's powered by the sun,
so fuck the damn creationists, Doomsday get my gun!
That, in a nutshell, is what entropy's about,
you're now down with a discount.

Chorus

Trash Talk
Hit it!
Doomsday, kick it in!

Baby got brains... (1)

neapolitan (1100101) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134985)

It really reminds me of a rap I wrote back in college, to the tune of "Baby got back."

I like SMART GIRLS and I can not lie...
You other nerds can't deny,
when a girl walks in with a Ph.D.
or some other advanced degree,

you get SPRUNG. Wanna pull out math problems
'cause you notice her brain was awesome

Even the books she's carrying...
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring.

Quantum Physics!...

It goes on and on. The 36-24-36 part is changed to 15-13-15, referencing her MCAT scores.

I don't know whether to be proud or ashamed.

Re:Baby got brains... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135495)

post it in entirety please.

Re:Baby got brains... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25137235)

Hmmm... I'll try to find it - it was on my old 486-DX machine, mind you this was circa 1994!

Re:Baby got brains... (1)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135589)

That should get you at least 50%.

Re:Baby got brains... (1)

denis-The-menace (471988) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136519)

There used to be a web site where you could post ideas/lyrics for parodies and sometimes they were actually produced.
BTW: Were talking about 10y ago.

Too bad this one didn't get "produced" on Youtube

Re:Baby got brains... (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137109)

Heh, I like. I also redid a pop song praising smarts.

I know you woulda voted for me (I know you woulda voted for me)
And maybe you did (and maybe you did)
I know I look damn good compared to Bush 43
You want a president not an embarrassment (president not embarrassment)
It's easy to see (it's easy to see)
And in the back of your mind
I know you shoulda voted for me

[Chorus]
Dont cha wish your president was smart like me
Dont cha wish your president could talk like me
Dont cha, dont cha
Dont cha wish your president had a vocabulary
Dont cha wish your president's IQ was higher than three
Dont cha, dont cha

It was a long four years (long four years)
He was dumber than we feared (dumber than we feared)
And though he was kinda scary
You shoulda settled for John Kerry
Instead we got four more years (four more wars)
Bush and Cheney don't play fair (Diebold voting machines)
Even if Kerry shoulda won
The Supreme Court woulda handed Bush another one

[Chorus]
Dont cha wish your president was smart like me
Dont cha wish your president won awards like me
Dont cha, dont cha , baby
Dont cha wish your president was credible like me
Dont cha wish your president was respected like me
Dont cha, dont cha

I know it's been on your mind
How it woulda coulda been
I'm Mr. Environment
I'm hip
And I'm cool
Not a Texan tool
But you'd rather see me be Mr. President

See, I know how he fooled you (I see how he fooled you)
I understand (I understand)
You'd rather have a beer with him
But considering the lives he's squandered
Perhaps you should have a higher standard? (higher standard)
Possibly (possibly)
Don't feel lonely, your regrets are shared by many

[Chorus]
Dont cha wish your president was smart like me
Dont cha wish your president could talk like me
Dont cha, dont cha
Dont cha wish your president had a vocabulary
Dont cha wish your president's IQ was higher than three
Dont cha, dont cha

Re:mc hawking still the best (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135961)

Seriously...special place in hell...

Re:mc hawking still the best (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136977)

Special place in hell? What, you're still hating on my sig?

Re:mc hawking still the best (1)

db32 (862117) | more than 5 years ago | (#25139831)

Repeating the rap thing isn't helping your cause. :)

Re:mc hawking still the best (1)

ragnar_donaschold (1289664) | more than 5 years ago | (#25139693)

The last verse reminds me of Greydon Square, who does Rational Rap. With heavy atheist and rational roots, the music is good and the lyrics rock. The double entaundre of using the "Compton effect" as an album title for a particle physics student from Compton is clever. Not to mention being able to get Punctuated Equilibria into a song is very cool. Not a paid endorsement just a fan.

Entropy....how can I explain it? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134665)

MC Hawking [youtube.com]

Coming Soon (1)

sadgoblin (1269500) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134683)

Christian Rap... Or did they do that already?

Re:Coming Soon (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135693)

I don't claim to be an expert in such matters and even within the minimal attention I gave to religious lessons at school, I recall nowhere in Christ's teachings any mention of "hoes" or "booty".

I would expect (1, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134705)

That it is "Rap" with a silent "C".

Re:I would expect (1)

sadgoblin (1269500) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134741)

Rapc?

Re:I would expect (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25136345)

Whoa, what a total and original way to put down rap! I've never heard this one, and I'm sure no one on the internet has either. This is the most awesome, amazing put down of rap I've ever witnessed. Good on you, sir.

DThis FP for GNAA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134721)

mi8utes. At home, be fun. It used Shit-filled, uncover a story of battled in court, than this BSD box, win out; either the

Your tax dollars at work (1)

davidwr (791652) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134755)

I hope this got paid for out of the education/marketing-to-future-astronauts budget not the entertainment budget.

Are they insane?!?! (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134849)

Don't they realize they're risking the start of an intergalactic rap war? Do we want to see Neil Tyson end up like Tupac?

Re:Are they insane?!?! (1)

V!NCENT (1105021) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135613)

Expect shootouts with lasers...

Re:Are they insane?!?! (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137855)

Expect shootouts with lasers...

Easily solved... they just need to stay away from the frickin' sharks.

Reminds me of.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134881)

Bill Nye the Science guy's raps. I'm Not entirely sure why rap was the tone of choice when making these videos, but there must be a reason for it. Does rap get appreciated by the young generations more?

Periodic table (1)

zoom-ping (905112) | more than 5 years ago | (#25134903)

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip have an exellent track about the periodic table. Live video on youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52BkzUg310k [youtube.com]

Fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25134919)

Kate McAlpine's LHC rap worked because it was fun, catchy and obviously done in good humor. This thing has got an 'urban' vibe, it's sounds like something blasting from a depraved crack den or prison rec room. I turned it off before the part where ET came down with his "crew" and his "bitches" to drop some "street knowledge" or whatever it is that 14 year old criminals do these days.

I really hope this doesÂt turn into a trend.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135031)

...because I fear for the dignity of Richard Dawkins if the evolutionary biologists feel left out.

wow (1)

Ryogo (1303193) | more than 5 years ago | (#25135051)

our youth can only understand such concepts in rap format...

Slowing down? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135273)

What's this? An idle There's been around 30 comments, there's one or two more articles posted past this, but the crybaby "idleispants" and "pleasestop" tags aren't on the front page?

Tsk, tsk. The auto-bitchbots and whine scripts are getting slow. Better hurry! Just think: Everyone has to read all these articles, and the only way to get them to stop is to whine constantly! If you slow down, you die!!!

What about the Richard Dawkins rap? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135307)

"Dick" Dawkins rap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaGgpGLxLQw

"Cos I'm the rappinest, rabidest atheist who unlike the Catholic, Muslim or even the Jew, believes that no God but science could ever be true, hell if I was dyslexic I'd even hate "dog" too."

Some pretty choice lyrics there...

LHC FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135477)

Because only because fancy AlpineKat :)

SG:TBC/BD

Rap is just another word (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135609)

for cRAP. Seriously, who, other than gang members and easily impressed 10-years old, listen to that shit?

I confess! I confess! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25135731)

Please make it stop! No more ironic rapping. I'm begging you! It was never funny.

Is this what the US is coming to? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25136237)

Oh dear....

lame lame lame lame LAme! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25136275)

what a monkey...

This is just absurd (1)

ndberry (1369409) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136501)

I am actually a hip hop fan and it really bothers me when they create these raps to more or less try to "dumb it down" or to make it more appealing to the masses. I really have no desire to listen to a rap about life in space unless its a psychedelically induced vision. This all just reminds me of middle school and the DARE raps about anti drug. They were lame then I still think they are lame.

Huh? (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 5 years ago | (#25136817)

I thought we were 10 years past the point where clueless people said, "We need to reach a wider audience. Quick, make a rap song!" First the LHC and now this.

Re:Huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25139245)

I thought we were 10 years past the point where clueless people said, "We need to reach a wider audience. Quick, make a rap song!" First the LHC and now this.

Although I agree that most of those attempts are lame, the LHC rap was actually really, really good. I don't mind when people do things that have already been done hundreds of times before, as long as it's done well enough to stand out. And the LHC rap is better than 90% of the "real" rap songs.

That said, I haven't checked out the NASA one yet, so this is not an endorsement.

Correction!!!11!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25137005)

This is not rap, it is hiphop and the last third is drum and bass.

How long before... (1)

jglov (1371125) | more than 5 years ago | (#25137911)

...they bring back Vanilla Ice to make a "Ted Williams" rap?

Actually funded by NASA? (2, Informative)

celticryan (887773) | more than 5 years ago | (#25138561)

From what I can tell, the actual rap was done for the Astrobiology Magazine European Edition (AMEE) [astrobio.net] . The AMEE credits the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Astrobiology Network Association (EANA) and the Astrobiology Magazine on its front cover. NASA only contributes funding to the Astrobiology Magazine as far as I can tell.

So claiming this rap was commissioned by NASA is slightly misleading in my opinion.

(slow-mo, deep voice saying) "NOOOOOOOO!!" (1)

cbmeeks (708172) | more than 5 years ago | (#25138841)

Oh God...please...no...please! NASA, please keep "hip hop" or any other "let's appeal to the kids today" gimmicks out of science. I love Duran Duran but that doesn't mean I want them to sing about math.

Please make it stop!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25138905)

Please make it stop before my head expl@#$@#$...

Along the same lines (1)

nEoN nOoDlE (27594) | more than 5 years ago | (#25139987)

Check out the Search Engine Rap Battle [youtube.com] . It's hilarious!

Rappers are stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25140501)

Uh Uh Uh
Bitch, whore, bitch
Crack, whore, niggah

And the most stupid of them all is that Ice Cube asshole, a racist misogynist piece of shit negro.

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