Mutah Wassin Shabazz Beale (born October 11, 1977), better known as Napoleon, is a former member of Tupac Shakur's rap group Outlawz. Beale has since converted to Islam and is now a motivational speaker.
Beale was born in Newark, New Jersey. His father Salek Beale, was a Muslim and his mother Aquillah, a Christian. When he was four-years-old, his parents were murdered and his brother, Seike Beale, committed suicide. After this, he along with his older brother, Moonie Beale, and his younger brother, Kamil "Hellraza" Beale, moved to their grandmother's house in Irvington, New Jersey
He started rapping very young. In 1994, he ran into his childhood friend and a rapper Yafeu "Kadafi" Fula who he hadn't had contact with for years. Kadafi's godbrother was Tupac Shakur, a well-known rapper. Kadafi's mother, Yaasmyn Fula, told Tupac about Beale's talents and how he had tragically witnessed his parents' murder and that greatly affected Shakur. So he met Beale and offered that he joins their group, Dramacydal.
Napoleon, as part of the rap group Dramacydal, appeared on a song on the 1995 Tupac Shakur album Me Against the World. Later that year, Tupac Shakur started a group that included the members of Dramacydal. Initially called Outlaw Immortalz, the group's name was soon simplified to Outlawz. The Outlawz all adopted new stage names--Beale's was Napoleon. The next 2Pac album, 1996's All Eyez on Me, featured guest appearances by both Dramacydal (2 songs) and Outlaw Immortalz (1 song). Beale--credited as Mutah--was also a featured guest on a fourth song. Outlawz were also featured on 2Pac's "How Do U Want It" single B-side "Hit 'Em Up". Dramacydal was absorbed into Outlaw Immortalz then Outlawz after some of the members left the group and, after Shakur was killed in September 1996, the group moved back to New Jersey. Outlawz eventually returned to Los Angeles and released four albums between 1999 and 2002; Mutah Beale and the Outlawz appeared on over 40 million record sales world wide.
After leaving Outlawz, Napoleon released the album Napoleon Presents The Loyalty Fam followed by a volume 2 and featured on many other artists albums, such as Tha Dogg Pound, Scarface, Lil Wayne, Baby, Hot Boys and the late pop star Teena Marie. Finally, Napoleon appeared and wrote the lyrics for a song by DMC, from the legendary rap group Run DMC. As a member of Outlawz, Napoleon also appeared on a number of Shakur's posthumous releases, as well as the Geto Boys album Da Good Da Bad & Da Ugly. He also recorded the 2004 tribute song "Never Forget" with Val Young and Johnny "J" (who also produced the track) to his late friend and mentor 2Pac.
Conversion to Islam:
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
It was announced that a documentary on Beale's life and work was being undertaken, titled Napoleon: Life of an Outlaw.
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