In a category titled “Let’s Rap, Kids!”, Trebek delivered a dead-pan delivery of selected lyrics from hip-hop heavy hitters like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil’ Wayne, Desiigner and Kanye West. It’s the best confluence of straight-laced squareness and the work of some of the era’s most prolific rap artists. It’s so wrong it’s right.
I’d go to a concert where Trebek stands on stage and de-melodizes the lyrics of Childish Gambino. Like, shut up and take my money already.
Anyway, the video making the rounds of MC Alex is pretty fun, and apparently not the first time the Hall of Fame host has spit (or enunciated, with great aplomb) lyrics. Trebek, in fact, did a similar diction-laden recitation when the category “It’s a Rap” manifested atop a column on that iconic 6X6 grid. It’s fun, too.
Anyway, I’ve been fascinated by Trebek since I read A.J. Jacobs’ book “The Know It All” where the information-thirsty writer paid a visit to AT’s residence, only to find him very much like the persona he portrays on afternoon telly. That, and the fact that I learned today that he shaved his mustache nearly 16 years ago. I could’ve sworn he’s had it long-term more recently than that.
Anyway, the video is great. Trivia is great. Alex Trebek is great, and what he said upon completing the category gives me life:
“I was just getting into this rap thing. I’m not too good at it, but I was getting into it,” the legend said before tossing to break.
You’re better than you think, Alex.