In another excerpt released, Outlawz member Young Noble recalls the time where he didn’t want go anywhere with Napoleon because of his reckless behavior.
With the help of author, Sulaiman Jenkins, Mutah “Napoleon” Beale will take readers on a journey through his life in a book titled Life is ЯAW: The Story of a Reformed Outlaw.
As shared by Jenkins via Instagram, this particular excerpt from the book details how even though the Outlawz were successful, Napoleon’s behavior was becoming unruly.
“Crime seemed to be on the decline in LA, and even though danger was always at arm’s length, the atmosphere was not nearly as edgy as it had been at the height of the East Coast – West Coast feud, particularly after the deaths of Tupac and Biggie,” explains Jenkins in Life is ЯAW: The Story of a Reformed Outlaw.
Young Noble who experienced the Death Row days along side the great Tupac Shakur, recalls how difficult it was dealing with Naploen after Tupac and Kadafi‘s passing.
“Wild. That’s all I can say. It got to the point where we didn’t want to go anywhere with him because he would get so drunk an overreact to every little thing. And that became a big problem. We was young popular rappers but we was also businessmen and you don’t want the reputation of not knowing how to act in public. It scares potential business away,” recalls Young Noble.
“I used to go out of my way to give him a little more love and understanding because I understood that losin’ his parents so young…I could feel he had a big empty hole in his heart. He was dealin’ with a lot of demons and unresolved issues. As young black men we never really talk about our deepest issues; they usually just show up in our actions.”
“A short temper and hard liquor don’t mix. Sometimes I used to think he had a death wish and any given night his overreaction could have gotten all of us hurt, killed or put us in a position to have to hurt someone, even fatally,” Young Noble as told to author Sulaiman Jenkins.
Closing out the excerpt, Jenkins writes, “Grief. Alcohol. Rage. Repeat. This was becoming a daily routine for Napoleon. There was not a day, from the time his grandmother died until many years afterwards, when he could remember being sober. For this stretch of his life, it was just one cloudy haze of sorrow and anger, with pinches of success and happiness sprinkled intermittently throughout. He had money. He had fame. But he had lost dear souls, and he didn’t have peace.”
Napoleon is set to return to Seize The Moment podcast on April 12th, and Sulaiman Jenkins will appear on May 3rd, as they talk about the new book Life is ЯAW: The Story of a Reformed Outlaw. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast here.