Napoleon (rapper)

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Napoleon
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Mutah Beale (Napoleon) as a member of the Outlawz
Background information
Birth nameMutah Wassin Shabazz Beale
Born (1977-10-07) October 7, 1977 (age 44)
Origin Irvington, New Jersey, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s)Rapper, motivational speaker
Years active1994–2005 (rapping)
2005–present (as motivational speaker)
Labels Outlaw, Death Row
Associated acts Makaveli, Outlawz, Johnny "J", Tha Dogg Pound, Scarface
Website lifeofanoutlaw.com

Mutah Wassin Shabazz Beale (born October 7, 1977), better known as Napoleon, is an American former rapper of Tupac's rap group Outlawz. He has since converted to Islam and is now a motivational speaker. [1]

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Early life

Beale grew up in Newark, New Jersey. [2] He was raised by his Christian grandmother after his Muslim parents were murdered in their home in front of him in "an 'execution-style' slaying" when he was three. [2] [3] [4]

Career

Napoleon was a member of the Outlawz (originally "Dramacydal", subsequently "tha Outlaw Immortalz"), a hip hop group founded by rapper Tupac Shakur in late 1995 after Shakur's release from prison. Collectively, they were best known for their association with Shakur, coming to prominence by appearing on his Makaveli album. [5] After Shakur's death in 1996, the group were co-billed on the posthumous album Still I Rise , and released their first album, Ride wit Us or Collide wit Us in 2000. Napoleon also appeared on their next two albums, Novakane (2001) and Neva Surrenda (2002). [5] In 2006 Napoleon released his only solo album Loyalty Over Money. [6]

Conversion to Islam

In 2001, a Muslim record producer, impressed by Napoleon's potential as a leader, motivated him to embrace Islam and forsake his former use of alcohol and drugs. [2] 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". [1]

Recent activities

In 2008, he and his brother owned a barbershop in Studio City, Los Angeles. [2] In 2014, he was co-owner of a coffee shop in Riyadh. [7]

He married a Yemeni woman with whom he had four children. [8]

Discography

Studio albums

With Outlawz
List of 2Pac albums below that Mutah "Napoleon" Beale appeared on
Soundtracks

Filmography

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