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When Alex Trebek called nerdcore hip-hop fans “losers” on Jeopardy!, the heavyweights of the geeky rap genre immediately spoke up in defense of their audience. A week later, nerdcore all-stars have come together to torch the TV host with a new diss track called “Who is Alex Trebek?” Of course.
MC Frontalot, Schaffer the Darklord, Beefy, MC Hawking, Richie Branson, Mikal kHill, Sammus, YTCracker, Dual Core, Jesse Dangerously, MC Lars, Mega Ran, & Dr. Awkward jumped on a Jeopardy!-inspired beat to tell Trebek to suck it long and suck it hard, and to defend Susan, the contestant he mocked.
Although he was rude, Trebek actually did nerdcore a favor. As MC Lars points out on the song, this is the first real press the genre has gotten since it blew up in the mid-to-late aughts.
A lot of the rappers who came up as “nerdcore” don’t explicitly identify with the genre anymore, but they’re still willing to pick up the mic and defend it from haters. What is Alex Trebek’s worst nightmare?
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.