In 2019, former member of the Outlawz Napoleon announced that he was working on his autobiography titled Life is ЯAW: The Story of a Reformed Outlaw.
Written by Sulaiman Jenkins, it looks into the life of Mutah Beale, formerly known as Napoleon of the legendary group Outlawz. It not only delves into his affiliation with the late Tupac Shakur but also examines his childhood.
Today, Mutah shared an excerpt from Life is ЯAW: The Story of a Reformed Outlaw, on his Instagram page. This excerpt is from the chapter titled, No Peace Settling For War.
It specifically talks about the mindset of Tupac Shakur when he was serving time in prison. At the time, Napoleon and the rest of the Outlawz were just beginning to form as a group and would visit ‘Pac in prison.
As Sulaiman writes, Tupac had time to think about his legal battles even telling Napoleon he felt remorse. While incarcerated, Tupac wanted to turn over a new leaf but hearing his enemies badmouthing him, this couldn’t happen. This negativity from outside the prison fueled the war that followed.
The following is part of the excerpt from the chapter No Peace Settling For War:
He was determined to steer clear of trouble and stay more positive. The only problem was his enemies wouldn’t let him. While in prison, word got back around to Pac that various rapartists were repeatedly taking veiled shots at him in their music.
Incarcerated, he was clearly in no position to address them. But little did they know, they were prodding the belly of a sleeping lion. He conveyed to Mutah on numerous occasions that he genuinely didn’t have any real animosity towards anyone in the rap industry, but coming at him in this manner, in a position where he couldn’t readily defend himself, was unacceptable. For Pac, it was a declaration of war.