South Side rapper Lil Reese was arrested yesterday in the Englewood neighborhood and charged with violating his bail bond and possession of cannabis, police said.
Lil Reese, 20, whose birth name is Tavares Taylor, was arrested on a sidewalk in the 6400 block of South Eggleston Avenue at 6:40 p.m. Saturday, police said. Taylor, of the 5100 block of South Wabash Avenue in the city's Washington Park neighborhood, was found with about $24 worth of cannabis, or four grams, police said.
In a hearing before Criminal Court Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr., Taylor was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Police on patrol for ongoing gang conflicts in the area on Eggleston Avenue saw Taylor standing on the sidewalk with numerous other males, which police knew as known gang members, according to a police report.
As officers approached Taylor, he looked in their direction and immediately turned and began walking down a gangway. As police neared the group, they saw Taylor remove a plastic sandwich bag from his left pocket that contained crushed green plant material and spotted him looking around on the ground in the gangway, the report said.
He was searched and the cannabis was found along with $2,090 cash. When officers asked where the money came from he said: "It's mine, I got a little weed. So what?" the report said. He continued:"There's serious crime out there. This ain't a big deal. I'm gangster," the report said.:dead:
Taylor has risen to prominence in recent years as a pillar of Chicago's "drill" rap scene. He is part of local rapper Chief Keef's Glory Boyz Entertainment clique and has a deal with Def Jam Recordings, a label whose clients include Rihanna and Ludacris.
Taylor has had other run-ins with the law, including an April 28 arrest on a warrant in the 4400 block of South Wells Street after a police officer on patrol saw him sleeping in a vehicle, according to Cook County court documents.
The warrant issued in Champaign County was 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 website and Cook County court documents. Taylor pleaded guilty to burglary charges in May 2010 and received two years of probation, according to Cook County court documents.
Additionally, he was stopped April 13 in 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 sparked outrage in October, 2012 after video footage purportedly of him beating a young woman went viral. The grainy video taken with a camera phone reportedly shows rapper Lil Reese attacking the unidentified woman. It was posted on various hip-hop websites and angered thousands on Twitter. The video, which lasts a little more than a minute, shows a man 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."
Lil Reese arrested on pot charge: 'I got a little weed. So what?' - chicagotribune.com