Outlawz

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Outlawz
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The group in 1996. Standing: Napoleon, E.D.I Mean, and Hussein Fatal; Below: Kastro, Tupac, and Yaki Kadafi
Background information
Also known as
  • Outlaw Immortalz
  • Dramacydal
Genres
Years active1995 - present
Labels
Associated acts Dead Prez
Members
Past members

Outlawz (formerly known as Outlaw Immortalz) are an American hip hop group founded by rapper Tupac Shakur in late 1995 after Shakur's release from prison. [1] Collectively, they were best known for their association with Shakur. [1] Most of the group members are named after political figures.

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Members

Former members

There were six original Outlawz members that left or died.

Later years

In 2011, some band members confirmed the longstanding rumor that they smoked Tupac's ashes. [7]

In 2015, Hussein Fatal died in a car crash. [8]

In 2016, Mussolini died at his home in California. [9]

Discography

Studio albums

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Napoleon (rapper) American rapper (born 1977)

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E.D.I. Mean Musical artist

Malcolm Greenidge, known as E.D.I Mean and EDIDON, is an American hip hop artist and a member of the Outlawz. The name is a play on the name Idi Amin, former president of Uganda. While in the third grade, Malcolm became friends with Katari "Kastro" Cox who later introduced him to his cousin, Tupac Shakur.

This is the discography of rap group Outlawz below:

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Kastro (rapper) American rapper

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References

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