Month: August 2017

Members of Outlawz: Tupac

Undoubtedly the most famous and most popular Outlaw, Tupac was the front runner for the Outlaws and pretty much all of Death Row Records back in the 1990’s. Tupac will forever be thought about in the top greatest rappers of all time. He has done so much for the scene and for the rap culture.

Tupac has gone on to sold over 75 million records, making him one of the highest selling artists of all time.

Early Life

Tupac was born on June 16, 1971 in East harlem, his birth name was Leslane Parish Crooks, but in 1972 he was renamed Tupac Amaru.

His parents, Afeni Shakur and Billy Garland were active members of the Black Panther Party.

Growing up, many people in Tupacs life were part of the Black Liberation Army, his parents were in and out of prison due to this.

Tupac was always into performing arts and was enrolled in the Baltimore School for the Arts. He studied, poetry, jazz and ballet. As a youth he was known for rapping and freestyling, and a great sense of humor.

Music Career

Tupacs music career didnt really start until he was picked up by Digital Underground. He recorded multiple songs with them and was on another album they put out as well.

After that Tupac went on a roll with album after album, his first solo studio album being 2pacalypse now.

He then followed that album up with “Strictly 4 my N.I.G.GA.Z in 1993. By this time Tupac began making a name for himself and started doing a lot better sales wise.

It wasn’t until he joined Death Row Records when Tupac was really on the map. Suge Knight and everyone at Death Row, really blew Tupac up.

HIs Album All Eyez on Me was his fourth studio release and is one of the best selling albums of the 90s.

Since then he has still put out more music even after his death.

Death Row Records

What most people consider and blame Tupacs death over is Suge Knight, the CEO of Death Row Records.

Suge was known to have deep Gang affiliations with the Bloods in Compton, California. Not only that but Suge was one of the front runners, for the whole East Coast, West Coast fiasco.

Death Row Records was the hot record label at the time, when gangster rap was the hot thing on the scene.

Outlawz

tupac outlawzTupac and a number of his close friends formed a group called the Outlawz. Together they would go on to create one of the hardest diss songs of all time, “Hit em up”. Hit em up was directed at the Bad Boy camp and the Notorious BIG.

In the Outlawz it was Tupac, Kadafi, Hussein Fatal, Big Syke, Komani, Kastro, EDI mean, Napoleon.

For himself, Tupac created the Makaveli alias based off of the Renaissance Italian philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli, whos writings inspired Tupac. The seven day theory is based off of Machiavelli’s philosophies.

Outlawz street Gang Ties

outlaw gang affiliationThe Outlawz are best known for being on songs and rolling with Tupac. Tupac was a huge name in the music industry and people knew him all around the world. With this fame comes a lot of notoriety, jealousy, dislike and hatred.

The Outlawz through affiliation were tied to all the negativity as well in the music industry, street life and street gangs.

Most notable is their relationship with Tupac and Death Row Records.

Gang Ties

Suge Knight the CEO of Death Row was said to be a Blood Gang Member. He was raised in Compton, California and became one of the 90’s most feared and respected music industry moguls.

Suge grew up on the East side of Compton, in the gang area ran by the Mob Pirus, which is a Blood gang in Compton.

By the mid 1990’s Tupac was his biggest artist, and the Outlawz were featured on tons of his songs. Kadafi¬†was featured on Tupacs All eyez on me Album and the Outlawz were on other numerous tracks as well.

In 1996 Tupac was shot, a lot of people pitted the east coast rappers against the west coast rappers, but it was also a big gang rivalry behind it. Suge reps the bloods and a lot of people say that the crips were the ones who killed and shot Tupac. Till this day it is still an unsolved mystery.

The Bloods

On tracks the outlawz were a very political rap group. They talked a lot about race, inequality and other topics most rappers weren’t talking about at the time.

On a lot of the songs, they talked about MOB, which they claimed meant money over bitches. In the whole street gang community it means the members of bloods.

At the time, the blood and crip feud was very much a problem in the rap game. If you were a member of the bloods you were always beefing with the crips.

 

Members of the Outlawz: Kadafi

outlawz kadafiYafeu Akiyele Fula, born on Octobe 9th 1977 in the Bronx is a member of the Outlawz and godbrother to one of the greatest rappers of all time Tupac Shakur.

Yafeu better known by his rap name, Kadafi was born into a family of black panthers. Both Kadafi and Tupac were close friends till their deaths in 1996.

Early Life

Born into a family of seven siblings, Kadafi had a hard life growing up, being raised only by his mother.

Kadafis parents were Sekou Odinga and Yaasmyn Fula. His father, Sekou was arrested and charged when Kadafi was only 4 years old. Sekou was arrested for six counts of attempted murder and also under the RICO act, and for other crimes as well.

Musical Career

In 1994 Kadafi met another member of the Outlawz, Napoleon. Napoleon met Tupac and the three of them formed a rap group which they called Dramacydal.

When Tupac was charged for sexual assault back in 1995 and went to prison, Kadafi and him decided to form a rap group called the Outlaw Immortalz, which brought in members from Tupacs earlier rap groups.

When Tupac signed to Death Row Records, Kadafi was featured on the All Eyez on Me album, he was on three of the songs on the album.

In 1996, Tupac was fatally gunned down, and is still to this day and unsolved mystery.

Just 2 months after Tupacs death, Kadafi was shot in the head by Napoleon’s cousin. Napoleons cousin confessed to the killing and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

Feature List:

Discography

Solo album
Son Rize Vol.1 (2004) (Havenotz Entertainment/Death Row Records/ Interscope Records)

Collaboration album
Still I Rise (1999) (with Outlawz) (Death Row Records/Interscope Records/ Amaru Entertainment)
Guest appearances
Me Against The World (Tupac Shakur album) (“Me Against the World”; “Outlaw”)
All Eyez on Me (Tupac Shakur album) (“All Bout U”; “When We Ride”)
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Tupac Shakur album) (“Hail Mary”; “Just Like Daddy”)
Gang Related (soundtrack) (Film Soundtrack by Various artists) (“Staring Through My Rearview”; “Made Niggaz”)
R U Still Down? (Remember Me) (Tupac Shakur album) (“Enemies With Me”; “When I Get Free II”)
Greatest Hits (Tupac Shakur album) (“Hail Mary”; “Me Against the World”; “Hit ‘Em Up”; “All Bout U”)
Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000 (Compilation album by Various artists) (“Who Do U Believe In”)
Until the End of Time (Tupac Shakur album) (“M.O.B.”; “Lastonesleft”; “Runnin’ On E”; “U Don’t Have 2 Worry”)
Better Dayz (Tupac Shakur album) (“Fuck ‘Em All”; “Late Night”; “Fame”; “There U Go”; “Who U Believe In”; “They Don’t Give a Fuck About Us”)
Tupac Resurrection (Tupac Shakur album) (“Secretz of War”; “Starin’ Through My Rear View”)
Pac’s Life (Tupac Shakur album) (“Don’t Sleep”; “Soon As I Get Home”; “Don’t Stop”; “Untouchable”)

Members of the Outlawz: E.D.I

outlawz ediE.D.I is a member of the Outlawz rap group. EDI or Malcolm Greenridge met a friend in the third grade who would change his life in the future. Malcolm met “kastro” who is also a member of the outlaws, Kastro is cousins with the very famous rapper Tupac Shakur.

Early Career

Early on in the game, EDI, Kastro and Tupacs god brother Kadafi formed a rap group called Thoro Headz which changed to Young thugs.

At the same time, Tupacs fame was rising and had become a huge name in the music industry. The 3 rappers were featured on Tupacs song Holla if ya hear me which released in 1993.

In 1994 Napoleon joined the group which was then named Dramacydal. Dramacydal was featured on the Me against the world LP by Tupac.

The Outlawz

1995 marked a new chapter in E.D.I’s career, with himself and a number of other rappers, including tupac, they fromed the Outlaw Immortalz, which then changed to outlawz.

In 1996 EDI was featured on Tupacs album All eyez on me and EDi was on three of the tracks, which included: Tradin war stories, when we ride and thug passion.

That same year Tupac and the Outlawz released Hit em up, which was another diss track towards the bad boy camp, chino xl, and mobb deep.

On September 7, 1996 Tupac was fatally shot in a drive by in Las vegas. Tupacs death has been attributed to street gang violence

In November 1996, The Don Killuminati: The 7 day theory dropped and EDI appeared on multiple tracks again.

Kadafi was also fatally shot in the head in November of 1996.

The outlawz eventually released an album of their own in 1998 called Still I rise, which did very well.

In 1999 the outlawz then started Outlaw Recordz and released their second and third studio albums.

EDI still continues to make tracks and create and produce records.

You can check out his official facebook page here

Welcome to Outlaw Recordz

Welcome to outlaw recordz, this is a fan site I created to show my appreciation for one of my favorite rap groups.

Keep an eye out for future posts on the members and some reviews on their albums.