Who is Lil Reese? Let’s start there. He hasn’t exactly put out any quality music that warrants the type of attention he receives. He’s a Chicago rapper most known for his affiliation with fellow Glory Boys Entertainment rappers Chief Keef and Lil Durk. Def Jam saw something in the teenager and signed him. Both Reese and his partner in crime Chief Keef have been called out for the type of poor behavior they glamorize. Keef made headlines last month for his dismissive “LMAO” tweet upon finding out rapper lil JoJo–whom he was beefing with–was murdered.
Birds of a feather…You know the rest. In a video that recently surfaced you can see a boy who is suspected to be Lil Reese beating up an unidentified woman. What the two are arguing over isn’t clear, but the woman can be heard asking, “Who the f— let them in here?” She also asks him to keep his hands to himself to which he doesn’t oblige. He punches her repeatedly. He stomps her repeatedly. The truly sad part is the number of people who didn’t intervene. Lil Reese didn’t deny it was him either. He tweeted, “The haters tryna see a mf Dwn lol Dey gotta b broke and bored wanna upload sum sh-t from years ago damnn we winnin it’s 2 late.”
Sigh. And this is what’s being rewarded with major record label deals these days, eh? Youth homicide in Chicago is real; and devastating. This type of violence against women is a piece of the thread to the larger issue. Rapping about street life because it’s what you’ve grown up seeing is one thing. Living that actual life, laughing about it and promoting it is quite another. It’s high time we all give careful consideration to the type of foolishness we give platforms to.