I&HH_How did theOutlawz come together & how did you guys all meet Pac.
Young Noble_ Kastro, E.D (E.D.I Mean), & Kadafi, grewup with Pac. They’re Pac family. Myself,Nepoleon and Fatal, came through Kadafi. He (Kadafi) passed away three months after Pac passed away. We all knew Kadafi from childhood in Jersey. Pac was his (Kadafi) half-brother. It came together like that.
I&HH_The Outlawzconsisted of how many members?
Young Noble_ The Outlawz had 7 members; Young Noble, E.D.I. Mean, Kastro, Kadafi, Fatal, Nepoleon and Pac.
I&HH_Fatalbranched off, was there any beef amongst the crew before Pac had passed?
Young Noble_ Nah not before…After, yeah it was. It started me Fatal and Kadafi grew up together in Mount Clair, NJ. We’refrom the same hood and we all hustled together. We all are cut from the same cloth. So after Pac had passed, Fatal didn’t want to be in Cali. It was a lot of shit going on and he had a right to feel like that. We was out there working with Pac and doing what we doing. So when he passed away there was a lot of shit going on. Right after Pac had passed it was like a war was going on out there. Niggas was dying. Any given day we could have been some of the niggas getting pop’d off or some of the niggas doing the pop’n. So he (Fatal) didn’t want to be out there and we respected that. It was all good. When shit got real crazy was when Nepoleons cousin killed Kadafi. It was supposedly an accident.It was crazy from that point on. But me, Fatal & Kadafi we were the tightest. We went through a lot of shit together. Even through all the drama and after shit died down me and Fatal started to communicate. I was out in Cali with the rest of the groupbut Fatal was the nigga besides the rap shit, this was a nigga I grew up with.This is one of my brothers from the street, before this rap shit. Clear heads prevailed and we got passed the situation as brothers. We were all young and fucked up atthe time. Pac died September 13, 1996 and Kadafi died November 10, 1996. So I’mlike 18yrs old at the time and had to go through all that. It was a real fuckedup situation. I feel blessed to even be alive today after all that.
I&HH_How did itcome about that you guys worked on the still I rise album?
Young Noble_ The Still I rise album, was an idea of Interscope.They had all of Pac's music. They just saw that we had so many songs with Pac.They felt that the Out Laws should do an album. At the time we were in the process of getting off of Death Row. They put out the “Baby Don’t Cry” single and it blew up. Basically Suge had put them (Interscope) in a position. He (Suge) was like “ya’ll are promoting my artist”. So they stopped pushing us. So the one single just came out. We were set to do two other videos. The album sold like 1.5 million but it could have done 3-4 million if we were allowed to keep pushing it. I think the album came out classic. We put a lot of work into that album. We did it in the spirit of the big homie. We put that whole album together from being to end. We picked the right songs that we had from the past.
I&HH_Recently,the internet has reported that you guys and Lil Cease have squashed the beef with Junior Mafia and the Out Laws, how did that feel?
Young Noble_ It felt good. It was something that needed to be presented to the world. We had been squashed that, 7-8 years ago. Everyfew years we would chop it up with cease and catch up. It was unfortunate that Pac and Big couldn’t get to the point where they could let that shit go. Cause, honestly it should have never got to that point. Pac was never an evil dude.His theory was when you have to go through shit; you gotta go through the bad to get to the good. So that whole thing they went through, if they had been alive they would have eventually squashed it. To this day we sit down with Cease and we get to the bottom of a whole lot of shit. At the end of the day the grown man thing to do was to present it to the world 7 years later and it’s all love. But the world didn’t know that. Kay Slay actually called me with the idea and I said “hell yeah Slay let’s do it’. We just did that for the rap community. To this day people still argue about it. If Junior Mafia and the Outlaw scan get past it and if Pac and Bigs mom can get passed it then the rap community should be able to get past it too. Embrace them as legends as young brothers that passed away too early and had the potential to change the world.The really did change the world when they were alive.
I&HH_Do you believe that if there was never a Pac and the Out Laws & Big and Junior Mafia there would be no Cash Money or any other groups like that?
Young Noble_ Baby told DJ Castro back in early 2000’s thathe patterned the Hot Boyz after us. Juvinille was Pac and the Hot Boyz was the Outlaws. The homies told me that, I was like a lot of people were paying attention to that. When I was in it, I didn’t really recognize that.
I&HH_ Besides your rich history what would you say is keeping the Outlawz current?
Young Noble_The thing about it is the type of music we put out. We tour the world. We tour oversees more than we do the states. It’s crazy. The crowd gets younger and younger. Classic stuff and the new stuff, we make classic music.
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