Elon Musk Decided to Enter the World of SoundCloud Rap

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Elon Musk Decided to Enter the World of SoundCloud Rap

Less than a year ago, a very stupid tweet cost Elon Musk $20 million dollars. You’d think that might dampen his enthusiasm for doing weird shit online, but you’d be wrong. The Tesla CEO seems to have caught the April Fools’ Day spirit a little early, because on Saturday he announced his entry into the world of SoundCloud rap by dropping a track called “RIP Harambe” from a label called Emo G Records.

In case you were lucky enough to forget, Harambe was the 17-year-old western lowland gorilla who was shot and killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016 to protect a three-year-old child who had climbed into his enclosure. The death spawned a meme cottage industry that was impossible to escape for a few solid months, until the internet moved on to better things, like distracted boyfriend and “you were at my wedding Denise.” But Musk apparently decided to brush off a thoroughly retired meme and turn it into a ridiculous song that, as of Sunday evening, had already racked up more than half a million plays. It goes without saying that the tune is awful, but worst of all, it’s an irresistible ear worm. The lyrics are incredibly simple, but only listen to the song if you’re ready to have this godforsaken thing stuck in your head for hours.

RIP HarambeSippin’ on some BombayWe’re on our way to heaven, Amen, AmenRIP HarambeSmoking on stronger in gorilla zooAnd we thinking about you

And that’s pretty much it. The song’s cover art uses the logo of the referenced Bombay Sapphire Gin, but swaps out Queen Victoria’s mug for that of the dearly departed gorilla. Musk tagged the rapper Yung Jake and producer BloodPop in a reply tweet, and XXL reports that it’s Jake who performed the track. Musk offered no explanation for the tune, other than a tweet saying that he’s “disappointed that [his] record label failed.” At least Musk got this out of the way early—the world has to deal with a full 24-hours of technocrats pretending to be down with people when April Fools’ Day arrives tomorrow.

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