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Napoleon (Mutah Beale)

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Mutah Wassin Shabazz Beale was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 11, 1977. His mother, Aquillah Beale, was Christian and his father, Salek Beale, was Muslim. When he was three or four-years-old his parents were murdered and his brother, Seike Beale, commit suicide. After this, he along with his big brother, Moonie Beale, and his little brother, Kamil “Hellraza” Beale, moved to their grandmother in Irvington, New Jersey.

As Beale grew older he started rapping. In 1994, he ran into his childhood friend Yafeu “Kadafi” Fula who he hadn’t had contact with for years. Both of them were rapping and Kadafi’s Godbrother was the notorious rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur. Kadafi’s mother, Yaasmyn Fula, told Tupac about Beale. She told him how he witnessed his parents being murdered and it made him cry. He felt he had to met Beale. They met and Beale joined their group, Dramacydal. Unlike the other members he didn’t go under an alias, he just went under his first name.

On April 5, 1995, Tupac’s LP, Me Against The World, was released. Mutah guest appeared on the song “Outlaw.” In 1995, Mutah, Bruce “Fatal” Washington, Kadafi, Katari “Kastro” Cox, Malcolm “E.D.I.” Greenidge, Tupac formed the group the Outlaw Immortalz; later renamed to the Outlawz. Tupac gave each member of the group an alias taken from an enemy of America, he gave Mutah the alias Napoleon after French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. On February 13, 1996, Tupac’s double LP, All Eyez On Me, was released. Napoleon guest appeared on “Tradin’ War Stories,” “When We Ride,” “Thug Passion” and “Run Tha Streetz.”

On September 7, 1996, Tupac was shot four times in a drive-by-shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to University Medical Center where he died a week later. Napoleon and the rest of the Outlawz moved back to New Jersey. On November 5, Tupac’s LP, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, was released. Napoleon guest appeared on the song “Life Of An Outlaw.” On November 10, after visiting his girlfriend, Kadafi was killed. He was taken to University Hospital where he died on the afternoon. Who killed him remained unknown until 2000 when Napoleon said in an interview with The Source that it was his cousin, Roddy, who accidentally killed him. Apparently, Kadafi and Roddy were drunk and high, they were playing with a gun, Roddy pulled the trigger and a bullet hit Kadafi in the head. Napoleon convinced Roddy to turn himself in.

In March 1997, Napoleon and the rest of the Outlawz with the exception of Fatal, moved back to California and signed with Death Row Records. They did this despite the fact that Tupac had several times told them not to. On December 21, 1999, the Outlawz’s debut LP, Still I Rise, was finally released. Napoleon and the rest of the Outlawz besides Fatal formed Outlaw Recordz and released their second and third LPs, Ride Wit Us Or Collide Wit Us and Novakane, on November 7, 2000 and November 6, 2001. One of the first artists who signed with Outlaw Recordz was Napoleon’s brother, Hellraza. Napoleon made his acting debut in Thug Life which also starred The Lady Of Rage and Willie D.

Napoleon’s the father of a son, Saleick Beale. He has started a barbershop and salon, Platinum Kuts. He’s working on his solo debut album, Bonapartes, due out this year. It features Jon B and Sticky Fingaz.

In 2001 Mutah Napoleon Beale was invited to Islam by Mikal Kamil.

Beale considers hip hop and Islam to be incompatible, because “they basically call for two different things” and that even if the song’s message is positive, “if it is not according to the Sunnah (teachings) of the Prophet Muhammad, then it is unacceptable” Napoleon attended Father Mercredi Catholic School to speak about his life and when he became a Muslim. This took place in Fort McMurray, Alberta on May 26, 2010

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