Tavares Lamont Taylor (born January 6, 1993), known professionally as Lil Reese, is an American rapper and songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Hailing from Chicago's drill scene in the early 2010s, he is known for his collaborations with Chief Keef and Lil Durk. In 2012, Lil Reese was featured on Chief Keef's single "I Don't Like", which peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100, peaked at number 20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and peaked at number 15 on the Hot Rap Songs chart. His debut mixtape, ‘Don't Like’ was released later that year. Since the first mixtape release, Lil Reese has gone on to release six mixtapes in total, including the 2013 ‘Supa Savage’ mixtape, as well as three EPs, including the 2017 collaborative project ‘Supa Vultures’ EP with Lil Durk. There has been unconfirmed reports that he died at 28 years old after being involved in a shooting in May 2021, in Chicago.
Lil Reese gained recognition when he was featured on Chief Keef's hit "I Don't Like", which garnered widespread international attention. He then began to receive popularity through his music videos, including "Us" and "Beef". He then caught the eye of producer No I.D., who had produced albums or tracks for artists like Common, Kanye West, and others, which led to Lil Reese signing with hip hop label Def Jam.
In November 2012, he released a remix for his song "Us" with Rick Ross and Drake which later appeared on Rick Ross' mixtape The Black Bar Mitzvah. Lil Reese also created many songs with up-and-coming music producers, such as Young Chop. He is also featured on Juelz Santana's song "Bodies". In January 2013, Lil Reese released a remix to his song "Traffic" featuring Young Jeezy and Twista. On September 2, 2013, Lil Reese released his second solo mixtape Supa Savage, featuring guest appearances from Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Fredo Santana, Wale and Waka Flocka Flame.
In May 2010, Lil Reese pleaded guilty to burglary charges and was given two years of probation.
On October 24, 2012, a video allegedly showing Lil Reese assaulting a woman was posted to the internet. On April 28, 2013, Lil Reese was arrested by Chicago Police on a warrant issued two days earlier, based on criminal trespass to a residence with persons present, battery, and mob action from the video incident from February 2012.
On June 23, 2013, Lil Reese was arrested in Chicago and charged with motor vehicle theft after an incident on April 13, 2013, where he was not able to provide proof of ownership for a BMW 750Li. However, the charge was later dropped. On July 13, 2013, Lil Reese was arrested again in Chicago for marijuana possession, a violation of his probation.
On November 11, 2019, Lil Reese was critically wounded in a shooting at a busy intersection in the area of Markham and Country Club Hills. Country Club Hills police responded to 167th Street and Pulaski Road around 2:30 p.m. Witnesses told police Reese was pursued by a driver of another car during a chase. Witnesses reported hearing as many as 12 gunshots during the chase. The driver of that vehicle got out of his car and shot the man with what witnesses called a small rifle and then fled the scene.
On November 18, Reese sent out information about being released from the hospital and that he survived the shooting and he is "Alive and Well". A day after leaving the hospital, he released a new song "Come Outside".
2021 Shooting and Potiential Death
On May 15th 2021, Reese and 2 other men were injured in a shootout outside of a parking garage in Chicago and were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Two of the men were in critical condition, while one was in serious condition. They were in a stolen Dodge Durango and were reportedly found by the owner of the vehicle. After this shooting, there have been unconfirmed reports that Reese succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
Twitter racism controversy
In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lil Reese posted a controversial message on Twitter: "Chinese people nasty asl man got the whole [world] fuck up". While thousands supported his statement, others condemned him for racism. Reese faced immediate backlash for his comment; many asked him to delete the tweet. After his Twitter account was suspended, he went on Instagram to post a screenshot of the official violation notification from Twitter with the captions, "Lol Look how the Chinese people did my Twitter".
- Don't Like (2012)
- Supa Savage (2013)
- Supa Savage 2 (2015)
- 300 Degrezz (2016)
- Better Days (2017)
- GetBackGang (2018)
- GetBackGang 2 (2019)
- Supa Vultures (2017)
- Normal Backwrds (2018)
- Lamron 1 (2020)
- Lamron 2 (2021)
As a lead artist
(featuring Chief Keef)
As a featured artist
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certification||Album|
|"I Don't Like"
(Chief Keef featuring Lil Reese)
|"Bang Like Chop"
(Young Chop featuring Chief Keef and Lil Reese)
|2014||—||—||—||Bang Like Chop|
|"Off The Shits"||Lil Durk||I'm Still A Hitta|
|"My Lil Ni*gas"||Fredo Santana, Chief Keef||It's A Scary Site|
|"Don't Try It"||Frenchie||Concrete Jungle 2|
|"Nobody Move"||Jay Stonez||N/A|
|"Bodies"||2013||Juelz Santana||God Will'n|
|"S.O.S. (Smash On Sight)"||Cap1, Lil Durk||T.R.U. 2 It|
|"No Lackin"||Funkmaster Flex, Waka Flocka Flame, Wale||Who You Mad At? Me Or Yourself?|
|"Competition"||Lil Durk||Signed to the Streets|
|"Gangway (Remix)"||Lil Herb||N/A|
|"On My Soul"||2014||Welcome to Fazoland|
|"On A T-Shirt"||Plies||Purple Heart|
|"Bad Habits"||2015||Fredo Santana, Que||Ain't No Money Like Trap Money|
|"Go To War"||Fredo Santana|