PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Nerds have a new nemesis in Alex Trebek.
Last week the Jeopardy host kicked off an unlikely feud with the nerdcore rap community after his response to contestant Susan Cole.
Susan described the music she loves to Trebek as “people who identify as nerdy, rapping about the things they love — video games, science fiction, having a hard time meeting romantic partners. It’s really catchy and fun.”
“Losers in other words” Trebek responded with plain authority.
And with that, a million keyboards mashed out musings and memes and mashable comments about the horrible dismissive injustice of the normally reliable quiz show host.
Et tu, Trebek?
While scorn is expected from elites and athletes, you were expected to understand the joys of rhymes about Daenerys and Boba Fett. Yet, here we are.
This ill-timed razzing or smug cultural assault — depending on how you look at it — has had one fantastic side effect, and that’s a bright new spotlight has been placed on the talented artists that make the music of nerdcore. Among them is the “undisputed king of nerd rap”, mc chris.
Chris is headlining a show this Saturday at Milkboy in Philadelphia, bringing along fellow nerdcore rappers MC Lars and Mega Ran. It’s a chance to see up-close the secret that Susan Cole learned a while ago, that hip hop can be more fun when it’s about space and dragons.
We had a chance to catch up with mc chris last week, before Trebek riled up the internet and changed the game. Check out the full interview below to hear about his new album, the changes in geek culture, and what to expect this weekend at Milkboy.