Rapper Lil Mama Lip Gloss Be Popping ... Behind Bars

3/10/2016 4:54 AM PST

0310_lil_mama_instgramupdate_graphic_red_bar3:40 PM PT -- Lil Mama is apologizing and acknowledging it was "totally irresponsible of me to drive without a valid drivers license." She added that she understands there will be consequences, but she very much wants to "continue to be a role model for young women and men."update_grey_gray_barLil Mama is sitting in an NYC jail after getting busted doing a little more than 10 miles over the speed limit ... unfortunately for her, cops say she was doing it without a driver's license.

The 27-year-old rapper -- best know for her 2008 hit "Lip Gloss," and for playing Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, was cruising around Harlem around 4 AM Thursday -- when cops lit her up for doing 38 in a 25, according to our NYPD sources.

When officers ran her info ... they discovered the ex "America's Best Dance Crew" judge's license had been revoked. Cops took her into custody, but beats the hell out of a DWI.

'Memba when she was just a kid ...