Video spurs new problems for embattled rapper

A South Side rapper who had a highly publicized feud with slain aspiring rapper Lil Jojo is under fire again after video footage of him purportedly beating a young woman went viral.

The grainy camera phone video that shows rapper Lil Reese attacking the unidentified woman was posted early Thursday on various hip-hop websites and drew outrage from thousands of followers on Twitter.

Lil Reese recently signed with Def Jam Recordings, a major music label whose clients include Rihanna and Ludacris.

The slaying of 18-year-old Lil Jojo, who 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 last month.

He was gunned down on a bicycle in the Englewood neighborhood.

Across social media before Lil Jojo’s murder, tension was evident between him and Lil Reese and his allies, including rap sensation Chief Keef.

On Twitter and in a series of rap videos on You Tube, the two sides were seen “dissing” one another. One video claiming to have been created shortly before the slaying purportedly showed Lil Reese threatening to kill Lil Jojo.

The latest video, which lasts a little over 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 Thursday before suggesting the incident occurred “years ago.”

Police also have been investigating if multiple shootings after Lil Jojo’s slaying were linked, according to law enforcement sources. Police believe his death could also have been part of an ongoing dispute between factions of the Black Disciples and the Gangster Disciples.

jgorner@tribune.com

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