Twitter had a mini-freakout Monday when Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, became a trending topic. Did he die? Was it another twitter death hoax? No, he was allegedly rapping.
Some context. One of the categories in Double Jeopardy was titled “It’s a Rap”, which was mostly naming the artist from some provided lyrics. Alex read the clues the way he reads just about any quoted statement: no added inflection, no phat beats, and most certainly no spitting rhymes. We can be thankful that none of the clues in question had a French or French-Canadian origin, sparing us an appearance of Alec Trébeque.
Why the internet went into a tizzy about this I do not know. What the internet should have clutched its pearls over was how ridiculously easy the clues in this category were. For example:
“I made the change from a common thief / to up close and personal with Robin Leach”, rapped this “Notorious” guy
or, for $1600:
In “Nuthin’ But a G Thang”, this “Doctor” rapped, “Never let me slip, ’cause if I slip, then I’m slippin'”
Granted, Jeopardy does a lot of telegraphing correct responses from the clues given, but you never get this degree of hintsy when the category is opera or art history. We didn’t see the $2000 clue, but I’m guessing it went something like this:
Snoop Lion used-izzle to-izzle go-izzle by-izzle this-izzle Snoop name-izzle.
Not cool, show.
Edited to add: Just after this post went live, this happened:
Trebek’s Jeopardy rap was fun. But another Canadian walked that path before him. VIDEO: http://t.co/lbraf8pu17
— Pat Kiernan (@patkiernan) January 7, 2014