We’ve seen it for sometime, but MOST may not know where this VIRAL gif/meme.
The internet’s favorite pursed-lips reaction GIF comes from a 2009 rap battle hosted by the Ultimate Rap League.
The battle was between rappers Jesse James and Conceited, a then-newcomer to the battling scene.
Conceited was irreverent through Jesse James’ bars but made the notorious face when James tripped up over one of his words.
Conceited’s reaction was first GIF’d in early 2015, but it wasn’t until well into 2016 that people in masses started picking it up. The memes are now delightfully extra and comically next-level. Meet 27-year-old Reggie Sergile–the rapper behind the INFAMOUS meme!
Sergile, a Brooklyn native who now bounces between Miami and New York, was working as a server at Red Lobster for five years before his foray into battle-rapping when he was 20.
“I just got into it ’cause I was always a fan,” he said of battling. “I was always watching them, and I knew I could really do this. At the time — and this sounded cocky — no one had my style. I was rapping punchline lines after lines after lines.”
The battle with Jesse James was only his 4th match-up ever.
Sergile’s said his exact thoughts when making the face to James after “he stumbled over a line” was, “Ohhh! Oh.” He said a blunder like that in battle-rapping is reason enough to react to.
“It wasn’t even close. I killed him,” Sergile boasted of his win.
Sergile said he first spotted his face being used last year for #ThanksgivingClapBack jokes, but it wasn’t until close to Election Day this year that it started getting “really crazy.”
Ever since the election, Sergile believes his face has become the “Don’t worry about it, America” face.
“100% how I felt about it,” he said.
“There’s nothing we can do with Trump winning,” he added. “The whole is we all can only hope he can do a good job for everyone.”
Sergile says he us GRATEFUL for the GIF becaomes it gives him VISIBILITY around the world and has opened doors for him in entertainment.
Sergile was also recruited for Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out reboot in 2013, which he’s made recurring appearances on for four years now.