Alex Trebek Showed Us He May Have A Future In The Rap Game Once He Retires From ‘Jeopardy!’

Posted by Bill DiFilippo on

Alex Trebek is 76. He has hosted Jeopardy! since the 1980s and has said that he’ll host the show until he no longer enjoys doing it. Odds are when Trebek decides to retire, he doesn’t exactly plan on moving on and doing anything else.

But boy howdy, did Trebek show us on Monday night that he can spit hot fire. One category on Jeopardy! was “Let’s Rap, Kids!” It involved Trebek reading rap lyrics to contestants. The songs broke down thusly:

  • $200: “Started From The Bottom” by Drake
  • $400: “Famous” by Kanye West
  • $600: “m.A.A.d. City” by Kendrick Lamar
  • $800: “6 Foot 7 Foot” by Lil Wayne
  • $1,000: “Panda” by Desiigner

Now here’s the thing: I can say over and over again that this is funny. The concept of Trebek monotonously saying “young money militia and I am the commissioner / you don’t wanna start Weezy cuz the F is for ‘Finisher'” or “but we still hood famous / yeah we still hood famous” sounds unquestionably hilarious in theory.

But it is impossible to put into words how amazing this is in practice. Trebek is essentially everyone’s television father – just this omnipotent old man who exists solely to let people know that they’re either not good enough or the best at what they do, all with a cold and icy demeanor that has become one of his signatures.

So please, watch all of these and enjoy Trebek uncomfortably rapping songs that he’s probably never heard before. Jeopardy! has done rap stuff in the past (including having Trebek recite a different Drake song), but this was undoubtedly its final moment. Let’s have this become a weekly occurrence, ABC. Or just have Trebek drop the most fire mixtape of 2017. That would also work.