In a recent episode of the game show, “Rappers” was one of the categories, and the $800 question showed an image of Earl Sweatshirt in a hooded sweatshirt with Jeopardy! host Mayim Bialik explaining: “He’s seen here actually in a hoodie around the time of Doris, his major label debut album.”
One of the female contestants pushed the button to answer the question, and she confidently said the rapper was A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. After a brief pause and laughter from the other contestants, Bialik told the woman “No” and said, “That is Earl Sweatshirt.”
In the contestant’s defense, Bialik’s “hoodie” context clue may have thrown her off. Regardless, the moment went viral on social media as people had fun at her expense.
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) March 2, 2023
Something similar happened last year when another Jeopardy! contestant confused Public Enemy with Mark Wahlberg’s 90s collective, The Funky Bunch, which social media had a field day with. Chuck D came to the contestant’s defense and explained some people are really just unaware.
“Everybody don’t know everything… it’s why I introduce myself wherever I go and whoever I talk to,” he wrote. “It’s just courtesy. But the sad thing is not knowing those other Chuck Ds.”
The contestant hopped on Twitter and revealed she’s fine with being the butt of jokes on social media over her flub: “I’ve talked to my therapist about it and I think I’m ready to forever be the person who mixed up Public Enemy and Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch on @jeopardy. #mylegacy.”
Jeopardy! has a longstanding history with using Hip Hop as source material for its questions. Chuck D’s longtime friend Ice-T was elated in 2019 when he discovered he’d been a Jeopardy! topic.
A fan alerted the Hip Hop legend via Twitter who responded to clip with, “We made it!!!! My life complete. #JEOPARDY.” Ice told DX at the time it was “the pinnacle” of his career.
Megan Thee Stallion was also a clue on Jeopardy! in October 2020 when former host the late Alex Trebek read the lyrics to her No. 1 hit single “Savage.” Contestant Daniel Lee picked the $1,000 answer in the ‘On The Billboard Charts in 2020′ category, prompting Trebek to read the clue as if he were rapping it himself.
“Classy, bougie, ratchet” & “sassy, moody, nasty,” says this No. 1 hit by Megan Thee Stallion,” Trebrek read, to which Lee guessed, “What is ‘I’m a Savage’?”