Kanye West Confused
So far, the reaction for the G.O.O.D Music remix of Chief Keef and Lil Reese's "I Don't Like" has been positive for the most part. Though, certain questions are being raised about the song's production, the star of the original cut seems genuinely excited about Yeezy's remake. Alongside Pusha T, Big Sean, and Jadakiss—all boasting tough talk on their respective verses—'Ye had no problem holding his bars. One thing that was a head scratcher, however, was his line referencing actor Mekhi Phifer ("I was In Too Deep like Mekhi Phife!") From our knowledge, Mekhi Phifer never starred in the '99 crime thriller In Too Deep, which features LL Cool J and Omar Epps. Could it be possible that 'Ye confused the two actors? If so, there are certainly reasons behind his mistake. Check out five reasons why XXL thinks Kanye made a lyrical faux pas.—XXL Staff (@XXLStaff)
Mekhi Phifer was born in Harlem, while Omar Epps grew up in Brooklyn. The former was born in '74, while the latter was born in '73. Raised in different boroughs, but grew up in the same era. They're acting careers also started to pop off in the '90s. Maybe Yeezy was debating who to cast for his upcoming film? Just imagine both actors waiting on line during the casting.
Mekhi Phifer's most famous role to date is Future (a cinematic interpretation of Proof) in the Eminem-starring 8 Miles. In addition, he starred in Clockers, got murked out by fellow Harlem native Cam'ron in Paid In Full, and dealt with the likes of Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, and Lil Bow Wow in Carmen: A Hip Hopera. Omar Epps is still getting recognized in the hip-hop community for his role in Juice alongside the legendary Tupac Shakur, and, yeah, contrary to what Kanye thinks, he acted alongside LL Cool J in In Too Deep. 'Ye probably saw Paid In Full and In Too Deep back to back on Netflix. Yuck. How distasteful.
Omar Epps has worked alongside Sticky Fingaz, and openly claimed his interest to rap. While Mekhi Phifer never voiced his interest openly as Epps, his role as Future in the 8 Miles flexed the actor's MC veins. Plus, Phifer's appearances on prominent rap videos of 50 Cent ("Many Men"), Eminem ("Lose Yourself") and Wu-Tang Clan ("Wu-Wear") throughout the '90s and early aughts gives him more cred than most Smack DVD rappers could ever accumulate. That's word to Tru Life.
Throughout the aughts, Phifer played a prominent role in the popular medical TV series, ER, while Epps continues to retain his role in House. In fact, Epps actually took part in ER for one season in the late '90s. Both actors have come a long way from playing street goons getting murked (or punched) by rappers to playing prominent doctors. Long time coming. As for 'Ye's mix up, it's possible he couldn't differentiate which doctor appeared where.
According to IMDB, both actors share the same height (5' 10½"). Similar roles aside, their parallel physical attributes also played a role in confusing the masses (including 'Ye).