Alex Trebek isn’t here for your nerdcore hip-hop.
The game show host didn’t mince words when it came to describing followers of the underground music genre, which contestant Susan Cole, a legislative librarian from Bowie, Maryland, described in detail during Wednesday’s episode of Jeopardy!
“Your favorite type of music is something I’ve never heard of, but it doesn’t sound like fun,” Trebek said.
“I think it’s very fun. It’s called nerdcore hip-hop. It’s people who identify as nerdy rapping about the things they love: video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners,” Cole responded. “It’s really catchy and fun.”
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Without missing a beat, Trebek, using his signature deadpan voice, jokingly asked: “Losers, in other words?”
Cole’s admittedly “nerdy” ways paid off, however, as she walked away from the competition with $22,600.
Following the episode’s airing, prominent nerdcore hip-hop artist Mega Ran crafted a short song in response to Trebek’s comments. In a video posted to Twitter, the Philadelphia native raps: “Alex Trebek, you lost a lot of respect / I gotta check you off the rip for coming outta your neck / Talking sideways on geeks, man, you’re a trip / Guess you hadn’t heard, nerds make up half of your viewership / Nerdcore is home to some serious lyricists / I’ll break this down in a format you’re familiar with / This host gets roasted on SNL yearly / Hosts a show for nerds and doesn’t know it, clearly / Nobody likes a know-it-all, condescending blowhard / Easy to be snarky when you’re holding all the notecards / But Susan got the last laugh: 20 grand in cash / And you’re good at all my shows, you don’t even have to ask / Suck it, Trebek”
Watch Trebek call nerdcore hip-hop followers “losers” above.