The latest chapter in the Elon Musk saga might just be the strangest one yet.
The billionaire tech mogul has taken it upon himself to record and publish a rap about Harambe the gorilla – of all things – that the world neither needs nor wants.
It is (we assume) a horrifically ill-judged attempt to salvage his reputation after his various missteps and misdeeds of 2018. Think: going on a full-blown media-bashing tirade, sending a tweet that lost him $20 million, and ripping off of a "farting unicorn" cartoon, just for starters. Then, add the time he endorsed an article written by a sex cult or called a man "pedo guy" for assisting efforts to rescue 12 boys trapped in an underwater cave.
But let's get back to the music.
"RIP Harambe" is an ode to the internet-famous gorilla who was shot when a 3-year-old child entered his enclosure in Cincinnati Zoo. It was released on Saturday, and at the time of writing, it has racked up over a million listens and close to 2,000 shares.
Curious readers can listen to the rap on Soundcloud, where he released his heavily auto-tuned ditty under the name of a fabricated rap label, "Emo G". (Yes, really.)
It includes prize lyrics such as these: "RIP Harambe/Sipping on some Bombay/We on our way to heaven/Amen, Amen" and "RIP Harambe/Smoking on some strong/In the gorilla zoo/And we thinking about you."
Be warned. Musk's skills as an engineer and entrepreneur don't extend to rapping or songwriting. In fact, here are just a few of the feedback "RIP Harambe" has received on Musk's favorite social media site, Twitter:
Sadly, we will never know what Harambe the gorilla would have made of this tribute, but Musk himself seems pretty chuffed. "This might be my finest work," he tweeted on Sunday.
It looks like the editors of Wikipedia agree, having already updated his bio to “technology entrepreneur, investor, engineer, and rapper”. But we have to admit, we have our doubts.