Hussein Fatal

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Hussein Fatal
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Washington in the late 2000s
Background information
Birth name Bruce Washington
Also known as Fatalvelli
Born (1977-04-03) April 3, 1977 (age 37)
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Genres Hip hop, gangsta rap
Occupations Rapper
Years active 1990–present
Labels Thugtertainment, 1Nation
Associated acts 2Pac, Outlawz, Tha Dogg Pound
Website www.thugtertainment.net

Bruce Washington (born April 3, 1977), better known by his stage name, Hussein Fatal, is an American rapper and member of the hip hop group Outlawz. He is best known for his collaborative work with Tupac Shakur, as a member of Outlaw Immortalz.

Early life and career[edit]

Fatal was born Bruce Washington in Montclair, New Jersey on April 3, 1977. He began rapping and dealing in drugs at a very young age and also attended the same school as fellow Outlawz member, Yafeu Fula, better known by his stage name, Yaki Kadafi. Fula informed Washington that he personally knew Tupac Shakur, but Washington didn't believe him until Fula's mother informed him that they were going to visit Shakur in jail. When they went to visit him in jail, Washington performed a freestyle rap for Shakur. Shakur was pleased with Washington's lyrical abilities and promptly added him to his newly founded hip hop group, Outlaw Immortalz. In keeping with the Outlaw Immortalz's "tyrant" theme, Shakur endowed Washington with the stage name "Hussein Fatal", after then-Ba'athist Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

Studio debut[edit]

In February 1996, Washington made his debut on Shakur's double album, All Eyez on Me, specifically on the songs "All Bout U", and "When We Ride". The album was certified nonuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In June 1996, Washington was featured on Shakur's infamous diss song "Hit 'Em Up". The song is widely considered by the American hip hop community as the greatest "diss song" ever recorded due to its explicit lyrical content and the seriousness of violent intent by Shakur and his colleagues towards their competitors. Washington performed the song's second verse, verbally making disparaging remarks towards Shakur's rivals The Notorious B.I.G., Puff Daddy, and the hip hop group Junior M.A.F.I.A.

Murder of Tupac Shakur[edit]

In September 1996, Shakur was severely wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, suffering four gunshot wounds.[1] He was rushed to the Southern Nevada University Medical Center, but succumbed to his wounds nearly a week later, dying at the age of 25. Washington had gone back to New Jersey the day before the shooting to attend a court hearing. After Shakur's death, Yaki Kadafi also went back to New Jersey after Washington; both of them under the impression that business opportunities in Los Angeles were scarce and meaningless without Shakur's presence.

Two months later, in November 1996, Yaki Kadafi was murdered at the age of 19. With two of his colleagues killed within two months, Washington decided to abandon hip hop music and go back to drug dealing. This was a decision that would later have a great impact on his career and life. On December 1997, Washington fathered his first child, Chyna. After her birth, he decided to abandon drug dealing and returned to hip hop music, signing with Relativity Records. He released his solo debut album, In The Line of Fire, in March 1998. However, the label went bankrupt and the album received little-to-no marketing and promotion, and thus, resulted in poor sales.

Washington then signed with Houston, Texas-based Rap-A-Lot Records, the record label of rappers such as the Geto Boys, Yukmouth, and Scarface. After signing with Rap-A-Lot Records, Washington began work on his second solo studio album, Death Before Dishonor. During this period, Washington recorded over forty songs, including some songs featuring rappers such as Fat Joe, Gang Starr, Gotti, Ja Rule, Lil' Mo, New Child, Outlawz, Gangsta Boo of the hip hop group Three 6 Mafia, Tear Da Club Up Thugs, Rowdy Rahz and Scarface. However, Washington was arrested in December 1999 due to an assault charge from three years prior, which put his hip hop career on hold. In 2001, he was released from prison and to a halfway house in New Jersey, and was paroled in early 2002. In November 2002, Rap-A-Lot Records re-released Washington's second solo album, re-titled this time as simply, Fatal.

Tenure with Murder Inc. Records (2000s)[edit]

In 2003, Washington teamed up with Ja Rule whom he had worked with in the past. In November 2003, Ja Rule released his fifth album, Blood In My Eye. Fatal made guest appearances on four songs on the album, specifically "The Life", "It's Murda (Freestyle)", "The Wrap (Freestyle)", and the eponymous title track, "Blood In My Eye". Four songs on the album were diss tracks aimed at 50 Cent and G-Unit. Washington also appeared on the remix of Ashanti's "Rain On Me", and in Ja Rule's "Clap Back" music video." outlaw deathrow recs.

Reuniting with Outlawz (2010s)[edit]

Washington has set up his own recorded label, called, Thugtertainment, on which he continues to release mixtapes. Washington also reunited with's Outlawz for their 2010 mixtape, Killuminati 2K10 & for their 2011 mixtape Killuminati 2K11.[2]

Washington also collaborated with Outlawz on their album, Perfect Timing, which was released in September 2011.

As of 2013, it was announced that an album titled 'The Interview' is set to be released in February with the lead single being 'All Audio No Video', and production coming from Hurt M Badd, a producer on Washington's close friend Tupac Shakur's successful album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory.

Washington's long awaited book Journey of an Outlaw was shown on the back cover of the album, and is said to be still in negotiations over a publishing deal. He also appeared on fellow Outlawz member Young Noble's album Son Of God, on the tracks 'Emancipation' and 'Welcome To Real Life'.

Discography[edit]

Solo Albums Year Label
In the Line of Fire 1998 Relativity Records
Fatal 2002 Rap-a-Lot, Asylum Records
Born Legendary 2009 Thugtertainment
The Interview: It's Not a Gimmik 2 Me 2013
With Young Noble Year Label
Thug in Thug Out 2007 High Powered, Koch, Thugtertainment, 1Nation Ent.
Outlaw Nation Vol. 3 2013 Thugtertainment, Outlaw Recordz
Jerzey Giantz 2014 Thugtertainment, Outlaw Recordz
With Nutt-So Year Label
Outkasted Outlawz 2010 Nutty's Playhouse Entertainament, Thugtertainment
With Outlawz Year Label
Killuminati 2K10 2010 1Nation Ent., Thugtertainment
Killuminati 2K11 2011
Perfect Timing Universal, Fontana, 1Nation Ent., Krude

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Outlawz: Worldwide himself Documentary DVD
2003 Eyes On Hip Hop – The Chronicle Vol.1 himself Documentary DVD
Beef himself Documentary DVD
2004 All Access Vol.5 himself Documentary DVD
2007 Smooth: The Game Is Dead Motion picture debut
2008 The Money Kept Coming himself Documentary DVD
Ca$h Rules M.J. Motion picture debut
2011 Sex, Money and You Already Know: The Hykine Johnson Story Fatal Motion picture debut
2013 Napoleon: Life of an Outlaw himself Documentary DVD
Sleeping With Angels Walter Kurtz Motion picture debut
Can't Forget New Jersey himself Documentary
Bound by Blood Motion picture debut

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