The best thing to happen so far this year occurred during a recent episode of Jeopardy. The show’s Canadian-American host Alex Trebek, in a pink shirt and pink striped tie, rapped the “Let’s Rap Kids!” category with relative gusto. At 76, it was like listening to your grandfather half-heartedly struggle through a Migos verse. “I was just getting into this rap thing. I’m not too good at it but I was getting into it.” He admitted before cutting to commercial break. While he did only a passable job, the attempt was still memorable, a highlight being the lines, “they mad they ain’t famous, they mad they still nameless… but we still hoom famous, yeah, we still hood famous” from “Famous” by Kanye West featuring Rihanna and Swizz Beatz.
It’s unlikely that Trebek has heard much music by Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Desiigner or Kanye West (all of which you can download free on the Trebel app, by the way), but he’s definitely a fan of music. Who isn’t? Here’s what he likely listens to:
1. Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen”
Trebek’s number one pump up jam. A slow build, but man once it gets there. It really gets Trebek in character in time for the show. That Kanye fella has nothing on this guy. It’s masterful; you can’t help but air-drum along. There’s no way Trebek could pick a favorite part, although maybe Götterdämmerung?
2. Richie Branson & Mega Ran’s “Zombies Ate My Neighbors”
After feeling bad about the “Losers, in other words” comment, Trebek listened to some nerdcore on Spotify, which he downloaded for the occasion, then conceded to actually liking the mix of storytelling and old-school hip-hop on the Ghouls ‘N Ghosts 2 EP.
3. Weezer’s “Perfect Situation”
Rivers Cuomo is a pretty smart guy. Trebek has always wondered how he’d hold up on the show. A harvard grad who’s also in a rock band. Hmmm. The music is pretty good too. A little loud.
4. Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”
Trebek has it on vinyl as well as versions by Doris Day and Tony Bennett. Although Sinatra’s rendition is his favorite. It’s a classic. In other words, why isn’t music like this anymore?
5. Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out Of Heaven”
After seeing the Super Bowl in 2014, Trebek decided he liked this Bruno fella. He sure can dance. Trebek bought the rest of Unorthodox Jukebox on iTunes, although he doesn’t know how he feels about “Gorilla” but “Young Girls” is a JAM.