Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk dropped a rap song about the late Harambe, and people don’t exactly know how to react.
The song named ‘RIP Harambe’ comes as a surprise coming from the groundbreaking tech CEO.
Musk tweeted a sound cloud link to the song, “RIP Harambe,” which talks about the 17-year old gorilla who was shot by a Cincinnati Zoo worker in 2016 after grabbing a 3-year-old boy who fell into his enclosure.
He adds a follow-up tweet saying “Im disappointed my record label failed.”
The only lyrics in the extremely autotuned 1:56-second track are “RIP Harambe/Sipping on some Bombay/We on our way to heaven/Amen, Amen,” and “RIP Harambe/Smoking on some strong (hey)/In the gorilla zoo/And we thinking about you.”
“RIP Harambe” was played over 168,000 times in the first day.
Musk’s rap song comes weeks after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a case to hold him in contempt after an alleged breach in the settlement that involved Musk’s accused fraudulent tweets over going private and saying that ‘funding was secured’ tweets that resulted in Tesla stock prices to soar.
The breach that the SEC is alleging are about the number of cars that Tesla aims to produce in 2019. However, it was a string of tweets talking about Tesla’s rise from 0-100 real quick, in pop culture context.
All of which, Musk surprising the world after being involved in many bumps with the government.
However, what seems to be off-putting to the supposed breather for the smart car CEO was the concept and context of his rap song.
The song comes three year later when Harambe was shot dead. The controversial issue spiralled to an online polarizing community that either defended or opposed how the situation was handled.
Some people say that killing Harambe was a do-or-die decision in terms of saving the in-danger three year old boy that fell into Harambe’s enclosure. Meanwhile, others say that a different method could have been taken without endangering the lives of both the young boy and Harambe.
And if Harambe’s death was the worst thing that could happen to the gorilla, he quickly became a topic of humor in 2016’s flurry of Harambe-related memes.
“There was definitely a sincere element of outrage over this,” says Aja Romano, who writes about web culture for news site Vox.
“It just spiralled out of control and was immediately a giant social trend, because it involved an element of supposed animal cruelty. You could argue that by keeping Harambe in the zoo to begin with, the zoo was fostering this unfair environment where the gorilla didn’t really have a chance.”
There were different groups that emerged advocating for better animal care in zoos and some even targeted the family of the young boy.
On the other hand, the wave of emotion was in turn hijacked by comedians, pranksters, and trolls who mocked those who were making so much of the story, a report says.
The memes got way out of hand that it seemed people were just making a quick laugh from his tragic death and it was horrible. It was even coined by some outlets as the meme of 2016.
And if being a meme still wasn’t bad enough, people are singing about his death as if it was just a pop culture source of inspiration for some upbeat rap song.
Musk’s RIP Harambe wasn’t the first of its kind, though. There were others who also talked about the gorilla in their songs.
Here are some examples to compare for Musk’s RIP Harambe
And here’s Musk’s version. If the extreme autotuning isn’t the bad part, think about his lyrics saying things like Harambe drinking some Bombay and him smoking some strong (hey). Quite not the kind of message you say about the killed gorilla.
Overall, some of these artists may be doing this for good but it doesn’t really employ a genuine emotion towards the great gorilla that helped shape society in 2016. They’re just adding to the disgrace of how social media has turned the tragedy into a pop culture fantasy that they can make jokes about, make songs, and use it to push forward their personal agendas.