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OUTLAWZ (formerly known as OUTLAW IMMORTALZ and DRAMACYDAL) is an American hip hop group founded by Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
in late 1995 after Shakur's release from prison. Collectively, they were best known for their association with Shakur.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Original members * 1.2 Other members

* 2 Later years

* 3 Discography

* 3.1 Studio albums * 3.2 Collaboration albums * 3.3 DVDs * 3.4 Mixtapes * 3.5 Digital albums * 3.6 Other albums

* 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

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In the earlier years of the Outlawz, they were known as Dramacydal. Dramacydal first appeared on the B-side of Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
's 1993 single " Holler If Ya Hear Me ", on the track "Flex". Dramacydal was composed of K-Dog (who later became Kastro), Young Hollywood (who later became Yaki Kadafi ), Mutah or Mu (who later became Napoleon
Napoleon
), and Big Malik (who later became E.D.I. Mean ). They also appeared on 2Pac's Me Against The World and All Eyez on Me albums. They were also known as "Thoro Headz" and "Young Thugz".

When 2Pac signed to Death Row upon his release from prison, he recruited his stepbrother, Mopreme Shakur , and Big Syke from Thug Life. Hussein Fatal , Napoleon
Napoleon
, E.D.I. Mean , Kastro , Yaki Kadafi , and Storm
Storm
(the only female Outlaw) were also added. Together they formed the original lineup of the Outlaw Immortalz that debuted on 2Pac's multi-platinum smash hit album All Eyez on Me . They later dropped the title of "Immortalz" after the untimely deaths of 2Pac and Yaki Kadafi. Subsequently, some of the members of Thug Life, not joined by the others, moved on as the "Outlawz".

When Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur
recorded "Hit \'Em Up ", a diss song beamed towards his former friend and rival The Notorious B.I.G.
The Notorious B.I.G.
, Puff Daddy , and Lil\' Kim , he recruited three members from the group he had previously worked with, eager to work with them again. Together with New Jersey rappers and other associates they formed the original lineup of the Outlawz. Young Noble was later added and appeared on 2Pac's second Death Row release, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory , that carried 2Pac's new stage name, Makaveli. It was on this Makaveli album that Outlawz, appearing on a few songs, first came to the greater rap community's notice.

The idea behind the group was for each member to have a rap name coinciding with the names of various leaders who resisted control by the new world order, past and present. Outlawz
Outlawz
chose in later years to make a backronym out of the letters of their group name, "Operating Under Thug Laws As Warriorz", although it does not stand for the group's name and is used infrequently.

ORIGINAL MEMBERS

THERE WERE 10 ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF THE OUTLAWZ, INCLUDING MAKAVELI:

* MAKAVELI (Tupac Shakur) was the leader of the group; he gave himself the name of Makaveli after the Italian political philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli , whose writings inspired Shakur in prison. Shakur was fatally injured in a drive-by shooting on September 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada . * YAKI KADAFI (Yafeu Fula), also known as YOUNG HOLLYWOOD, KILLER KADAFI and THE PRINCE, was given the name Yaki Kadafi after Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
Muammar Gaddafi
. He was also Shakur's godbrother and an original member of Dramacydal. He was killed by Napoleon's cousin on November 10, 1996, 2 months after the death of Makaveli. * KASTRO (Katari Cox), also known as K-DOG, was given the alias Kastro after Cuban leader Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro
. He is also a blood cousin of Shakur and an original member of Dramacydal. * E.D.I. MEAN (Malcolm Greenridge), also known as BIG MALCOLM, was given the alias E.D.I. Mean (later changed to EDIDON) after Ugandan president Idi Amin
Idi Amin
and was also an original member of Dramacydal. * HUSSEIN FATAL (Bruce Washington), introduced to Yildirum by childhood friend Yaki Kadafi, was given the alias after former leader of Iraq Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein
. Hussein left the group after the killings of 2Pac and Yaki. He felt that the remaining group members were going against Tupac's wishes by signing contracts with Death Row. He more recently rejoined the Outlawz, which then comprised him, Young Noble and Edi before being killed in a car accident on July 10, 2015. * NAPOLEON (Mutah Beale), childhood friend of Kadafi, was given the name Napoleon
Napoleon
after French military leader Napoleon
Napoleon
Bonaparte and was also an original member of Dramacydal. Napoleon
Napoleon
left the group to be a Muslim motivational speaker. * MOOZALINY (Tyruss Himes), also known as BIG SYKE who was in 2Pac's previous group Thug Life , joined the Outlawz
Outlawz
and Makaveli gave him the name Moozaliny after Italian dictator Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini
. He died December 5, 2016. * KOMANI (Mopreme Shakur), 2Pac's stepbrother, who was in 2Pac's previous group Thug Life , joined the Outlawz
Outlawz
under the alias Komani after the Iranian political figure Ruhollah Khomeini
Ruhollah Khomeini
. * STORM (Donna Harkness), The only female member of the group, she met Tupac during the shooting of a film. After he found out how well she could rap, he immediately signed her on the spot and added her to the group, which later became known as The Outlaw Immortalz. Storm
Storm
was to be a solo artist for Tupac's record label. She was introduced on the multiplatinum selling album All Eyez on Me. * YOUNG NOBLE (Rufus Cooper III), the last official Outlaw member picked up by Tupac himself. He was introduced to Tupac by Kadafi and Hussein Fatal in Los Angeles, a few months before his death. He appeared in many of 2Pac's last recordings, and featured heavily on 2Pac's last album and The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory. He was always known as Young Noble and was never given an alias from Tupac.

OTHER MEMBERS

* STORMEY COLEMAN, NUTT-SO (SEAN COLE), QUEZ OUTLAW, MAYALANSKI (KENDRICK WELLS) TUPAC\'S FRIEND AND ASSISTANT.

LATER YEARS

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Shortly after joining the group, Mopreme and Big Syke severed all ties with Death Row and left the Outlawz
Outlawz
for financial and personal reasons. Two months after the death of Shakur, Kadafi was killed in a housing project in New Jersey; after two years, Napoleon
Napoleon
convinced his cousin to turn himself in for shooting Kadafi.

Though Tupac had told them specifically to never sign to Death Row Records and were originally going to sign to MAKAVELI RECORDS, but after his death, the leftover members of the Outlawz
Outlawz
decided to do just that. As a result, Fatal left the group, claiming they weren't being loyal to 2Pac. Napoleon
Napoleon
left the group due to his conversion to Islam and is now traveling all around the globe to spread the teachings of Islam. While managing and working on her solo project, Tupac signed Storm
Storm
to Death Row Records. She left the group shortly after the death of Tupac.

New Child and Muszamil were never official members but have worked closely with the Outlawz
Outlawz
and remain good friends.

The Outlawz
Outlawz
are also known for their longtime relationship with Brooklyn
Brooklyn
's Boot Camp Clik , a relationship that begun as a result of 2Pac's friendship with Boot Camp's Smif-n-Wessun
Smif-n-Wessun
and Boot Camp Clik , while working on the yet unreleased "One Nation" album. Despite stylistic differences and divergent fanbases, the two crews maintained connections on the basis of personal relationships. Members of the Outlawz
Outlawz
were featured on Boot Camp releases like Heltah Skeltah's "Magnum Force" and Rock's "Veterans' Day."

In 1999, the Outlawz
Outlawz
released their first album as a group with original unreleased recordings of 2Pac, entitled Still I Rise . The album was released on Death Row Records
Death Row Records
. Member Hussein Fatal did not appear on any of the album as he was edited out of the original recordings due to issues with the record labels. Storm
Storm
was also edited out of some of the original recordings for unknown reasons. Original member Big Syke also appeared on the album. It wasn't until late 2000, though, that they finally got the go-ahead to release their debut album, Ride Wit Us Or Collide Wit Us . Unfortunately, the album didn't prove to be much of a success, and neither did the group's follow-up album a year later, Novakane, also released on the group's Outlaw Recordz label (distributed by Koch). In 2008 they signed a short deal with Young Buck 's Ca Records . In 2009, Kastro had confirmed he had left the Outlawz
Outlawz
to pursue a solo career. He reunited with the group on Outlaw Culture Radio in October 2010. Later the members went to release solo albums and collaborations with other artists.

In 2009, the Outlawz
Outlawz
reunited with former member Hussein Fatal, who had left the group following the deaths of Tupac and Yaki Kadafi.

The Outlawz
Outlawz
last studio album Perfect Timing was released on September 13, 2011 on 1Nation Entertainment . The album features guest appearances from many big name rappers including Bun B , Tech N9ne
Tech N9ne
, Scarface , Krayzie Bone , Young Buck , Lloyd , among others and production from Focus...
Focus...
, Cozmo, Maxwell Smart , The Network and CyFyre.

In 2011, some of the remaining members of The Outlawz
Outlawz
made peace with longtime rival enemy Lil Cease of Junior Mafia. They both recorded a track called "Bury the Hatchet", on a DJ Kay Slay album.

In 2014, Outlawz
Outlawz
released a single named Karma featuring Snoop Dogg on June 5, 2014.

In 2015, Hussein Fatal died in a car crash.

In 2016, Moozaliny died at his home in California.

DISCOGRAPHY

Main article: Outlawz discography

STUDIO ALBUMS

* 1999: Still I Rise (with 2Pac ) * 2000: Ride wit Us or Collide wit Us * 2001: Novakane * 2002: Neva Surrenda * 2005: Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P. * 2006: Against All Oddz * 2008: We Want In: The Street LP * 2011: Perfect Timing * 2016: Livin Legendz * 2017: # LastOnezLeft

COLLABORATION ALBUMS

* 2006: Can\'t Sell Dope Forever (with Dead Prez )

DVDS

* 2002: Outlawz: Worldwide

MIXTAPES

* 2004: Outlawz
Outlawz
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* ^ Female rapper Storm
Storm
(Donna Hunter) from Outlawz
Outlawz
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Outlawz
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Outlawz
Outlawz

* 2Pac * Yaki Kadafi * King Kastro * Napoleon
Napoleon
* EDIDON * Hussein Fatal * Young Noble * Big Syke * Mopreme Shakur

ALBUMS

* Still I Rise * Ride wit Us or Collide wit Us * Novakane * Neva Surrenda * Outlaw 4 Life: 2005 A.P. * Against All Oddz * We Want In: The Street LP * Killuminati 2K10 * Killuminati 2K11 * Perfect Timing * Livin Legendz * # LastOnezLeft

COLLABORATION ALBUMS

* Street Warz * Can\'t Sell Dope Forever * Thug Brothers
Thug Brothers
* Soldier 2 Soldier * Ghetto Monopoly * All Eyez on Us * Doin\' It Big * Fast Life * The Year of the Underdogz * Ghetto Starz: Streets to the Stage * The Code

RELATED ALBUMS

* In the Line of Fire * Thug Law: Chapter 1 * Blood Brothers * Fatal * Noble Justice * Street Commando * Son Rize Vol.1 * Thug in Thug Out * The Lost Songs Vol. 1 * The Lost Songs Vol. 2 * The Lost Songs Vol. 3 * The Stash Spot * Noble Justice: The Lost Songs * Born Legendary * Outkasted Outlawz
Outlawz
* Outlaw Rydahz Vol. 1 * Son of God * The Interview: It\'s Not a Gimmik 2 Me * O.G. Est. 1992 * The Hope Dealer, Pt. 1 * Powerful

SINGLES

* "Hit \'Em Up " * " Made Niggaz " * "Baby Don\'t Cry (Keep Ya Head Up II) " * "One Day at a Time (Em\'s Version) "

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