Monday, August 6, 2007


Muslims Entertainers - Hip-Hop/Rap

Keith Ellison

Fast Facts

  • Name: Mutah Wassin Shabazz Beale
  • Born: Oct 11, 1977
  • Occupation: Rapper, Activist
  • Major Genres: Music/Rap
  • Career Highlights: Part of the Outlawz, Tupac Shakur's Rap Group
  • Convert: No
  • Sect: Sunni

Napoleon And Islam

Napoleon is active in the Muslim community and works trying to help spread the faith and help people out of poverty.


Mutah Wassin Shabazz Beale (born in Newark, New Jersey on October 11, 1977) is an African-American rapper more commonly known as Napoleon.

His mother, Aquillah Beale, was Christian and his father, Salek Beale, Muslim. When he was three years old his parents were murdered and his brother, Seike Beale, committed suicide. After this, he along with his big brother, Moonie Beale, and his little brother, Kamil "Hellraza" Beale, moved in with 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 meet 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, and 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." He was also the center of attention in Tupac's famous song "I Ain't Mad at Cha." Here Tupac talked about how Napoleon became a strong Muslim who always tried to do good.

On September 7, 1996, Tupac was shot six 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 shot. He was taken to University Hospital where he died that 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. He's also working on setting up a mosque for people who are interested in becoming Muslims.


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