Jeopardy isn’t only a means of smugly demonstrating how much useless knowledge you have. It’s also educational! Not because you’ll learn new useless facts — they come at you far too quickly to remember — but because sometimes, in that barrage of buzzing and betting, you see something so extraordinary the very make up of your mind is rearranged and regenerated. It doesn’t happen often. But, it happened on Monday night.
If you haven’t already seen Alex Trebek, that personification of Canadian decorum, recite hip hop lyrics as part of a category on rappers, the video is below. It is, without hyperbole, mind-blowing. Here are the seven takeaways.
1. Finally, after only 40 or so years, Hip Hop has been legitimized.
2. The juxtaposition of an older, buttoned-up white man using street slang is, still, hilarious. See, because people who look and speak like Alex Trebek don’t often speak like hip hop artists. This incongruity is surprising and amusing!
(See also, the rapping granny in The Wedding Singer)
3. Hip Hop is unambiguously the sound of youth. Sorry all other types of music. Imagine if the category had Alex Trebek quoting rock lyrics. It wouldn’t be near as funny. That’s because old people quoting rock lyrics is called rock music.
4. Somewhere in California there is a young Jeopardy question writer who has retired, for he or she has accomplished their life’s mission. They wept, for there were no more worlds left to conquer.
5. Rap: it’s not about what you say, it’s how you say it.
6. Alex Trebek is the antidote for cultural appropriation.
7. We truly live in an upside down world, where TV reality has become truth: this was not a sketch wherein Will Ferrel pretended to be Alex Trebek to hilarious effect. This, like the Trump Presidency, really happened.
8. Drake. One more reason for Canadians to be proud.
We eagerly await Alex Trebek (A-Trey) battlerapping Norm Kelly. May the whitest man win.