By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
What is the Notorious B.I.G., for $400, Alex? ’Jeopardy’ host Alex Trebek recently showed off his rap skills in an episode of the popular game show by reading clues from the “It’s A Rap” category.
The straight-faced host did his professional best to rap lyrics like “Don’t push me, ’cause I’m close to the edge/I’m trying not to lose my head” from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message” and The Beastie Boys’ “Another plane, another train/Another bottle in the brain” from “No Sleep ’Till Brooklyn.”
Trebek also “performed” Biggie’s “Juicy” and a very funny version of Dre’s “Nuthin’ but a ’G’ Thang.” Despite his seriousness (and awesome mic skills), some of the contestants could not keep a straight face during the segment.
Alex Trebek isn’t the only TV host to earn his rap cred. Last year, Regis Philbin was crowned “The New ODB” by Wu-Tang Clan. “The truth is, when I really want to let off some steam… I turn on the 8-trak and put on a little Wu-Tang,” joked Regis on Fox Sports.