Damn, they got Reese. Lil Reese was arrested on warrant at 4am this morning after a cop found him asleep in a car. The warrant goes all the way back to February 2012 with charges such as criminal trespass to a residence with persons present, mob action and battery. Read the full release via ChicagoTribune below.
South Side rapper Lil Reese was caught snoozing in a car early Sunday and arrested on a warrant.
The arrest warrant was issued Friday in Champaign county for Lil Reese, 20, whose birth name is Tavares Taylor.
He was arrested at about 4 a.m. Sunday on the 4400 block of South Wells Street in the city’s Fuller Park neighborhood after a police officer on patrol saw him sleeping in a vehicle, according to Cook County court documents.
Taylor has risen to prominence in recent years as part of of Chicago’s “drill” rap scene. He is part of local rap luminary Chief Keef’s Glory Boyz Entertainment clique, and has inked a deal with Def Jam Recordings, a major music label whose clients include Rihanna and Ludacris.
The arrest warrant issued Friday is connected to charges of criminal trespass to a residence with persons present, mob action and battery that allegedly took place in February 2012, according to the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Web site and Cook County court documents.
Officials at the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office would not give further information as to the circumstances surrounding the charges on Sunday, saying they could not comment because Taylor is not in their custody.
Taylor was being held in lieu of a $100,000 bond as of Sunday afternoon.
Taylor pleaded guilty to burglary charges in May 2010 and received two years probation, according to Cook County court documents.
He was stopped April 13 on the 6600 block of South Wentworth Avenue in Chicago and charged with driving without insurance, no driver’s license and not signaling, according to court documents.
Taylor’s latest arrest is not his first brush with notoriety.
He sparked outrage in October after video footage of him purportedly beating a young woman went viral.
The grainy camera-phone video shows rapper Lil Reese attacking the unidentified woman. It was posted on various hip-hop websites and provoked outrage from thousands on Twitter.
The video, which lasts a little more than a minute, shows Lil Reese entering a residence and arguing with a young woman. The two then get into a physical altercation.
Lil Reese acknowledged the video on his Twitter account before suggesting the incident occurred “years ago.”
Before that, Taylor reportedly beefed with another aspiring rapper, Lil Jojo, who was slain in September.
The slaying of 18-year-old Lil Jojo, whose real name was Joseph Coleman, garnered national attention following reports that police were looking into whether a war of words in the Chicago hip-hop community played a part in the shooting. He was gunned down on a bicycle in the Englewood neighborhood, which is also Taylor’s home turf.
Tension was evident between Lil Jojo and Lil Reese’s crew across social media before the rapper’s death. The two sides were seen insulting one another on Twitter and in a series of rap videos on You Tube. One video claiming to have been created shortly before the slaying purportedly showed Lil Reese threatening to kill Lil Jojo.
Police were also investigating whether multiple shootings after Lil Jojo’s slaying were linked, law enforcement sources said last year.