Today’s news of the reported shooting of Tavares Lamont Taylor, professionally known as Lil Reese, has sent shockwaves through the music industry. The rapper, a significant figure in Chicago’s drill scene, is said to be in critical condition after being shot six times. This incident is another chapter in the rapper’s life that has been marked by a rise to fame against the backdrop of violence.
Who is Lil Reese?
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 6, 1993, Lil Reese grew up in the infamous 16-story high-rise “Calumet Building” before moving to Englewood. Here, he joined the Black Disciples gang and befriended fellow rapper Lil Durk. Despite his challenging upbringing, Lil Reese found an outlet in music, eventually becoming an influential figure in the early 2010s Chicago drill scene.
Lil Reese’s Rise to Fame
Lil Reese’s breakthrough came when he featured in Chief Keef’s globally successful track “I Don’t Like.” Following this, he achieved further success with his music videos for “Us” and “Beef.” His talent caught the eye of renowned producer No I.D., leading to a contract with Def Jam. Reese’s career continued to flourish as he collaborated with high-profile artists like Rick Ross and Drake, and worked with emerging producers such as Young Chop.
A History of Violence
Unfortunately, Lil Reese’s life and career have been punctuated by violent incidents. On November 11, 2019, he was gravely injured in a shooting near Markham and Country Club Hills. Witnesses reported a car chase involving Reese, during which up to twelve gunshots were heard.
Another significant incident occurred on May 15, 2021, when Reese and two others were wounded in a gunfight at a Chicago parking garage. Reese suffered an eye injury, and one of the other men was critically injured. The incident was reportedly linked to a stolen Dodge Durango.
The Latest Shooting Incident
Earlier today, Lil Reese was reportedly shot six times in Downtown Chicago, leaving him in critical condition. As fans and fellow artists anxiously await further news, this incident serves as a grim reminder of the violence that has plagued Reese’s life and career.
Lil Reese’s story is a potent mix of talent, success, and recurring violence. As we reflect on his journey, we can only hope for his recovery and a future where his music, rather than his encounters with violence, makes the headlines.