Last night’s Jeopardy! sent the message loud and clear that you’ve got to keep it “gangsta” at all times as comedian Roy Wood Jr. explained when he tweeted the clip:
— Roy Wood Jr- Ex Jedi (@roywoodjr) January 2, 2018
Nick Spicher, a museum educator from Everett, Washington, was almost 100% accurate in the “Music & Literature Before & After” category when the displayed clue flashed “a song by Coolio from “Dangerous Minds” goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic” appeared, but he forgot to put a little swag in his response.
Instead of referring to Coolio’s 1995 hit as its actual title, “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Nick attempted to give the more politically correct answer and referred to the track as “Gangster’s Paradise,” thus breaking the laws that govern hip-hop.
Of course we give Nick credit where credit is due. His opponents Henry and Lisa didn’t seem to make even the slightest attempt to respond. However, it’s important to get it right.
Hip-hop isn’t meant to be corrected. Its construction, even in pertinence to matters of wordplay that may not be the most ideal, is done on the basis of illustration.
But in the end, Nick ultimately won the bout yesterday despite the judges’ 3,200 point reduction for his mispronunciation.