Yaki Kadafi

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Yaki Kadafi
Birth name Yafeu Akiyele Fula
Also known as Young Hollywood, Killer Kadafi, Tha Prince
Born (1977-10-09)October 9, 1977
Origin Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.
Died November 10, 1996(1996-11-10) (aged 19)
Orange New Jersey
Genres Hip hop, gangsta rap
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 1993–1996
Labels Death Row Records/Interscope
Associated acts 2Pac, Outlawz, Tha Dogg Pound, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg

Yafeu Akiyele Fula (October 9, 1977 – November 10, 1996), better known by his stage name, Yaki Kadafi, was an American rapper who was best known as a founder and member of the rap groups Outlawz and Dramacydal. Kadafi's parents, Yaasmyn Fula and Sekou Odinga, were both members of the Black Panther Party.[1] The mothers of Kadafi, Yaasmyn Fula, and Tupac Shakur, Afeni Shakur, shared a close friendship. As a result, Yaki Kadafi and Tupac Shakur were friends until their deaths in 1996. He was not in the public eye until he and the late rapper Tupac Shakur created the rap group Outlawz. The Outlawz went on to have much success and recognition in their field. Even after Fula's death in 1996, his recordings continue to be released in the many posthumous Tupac Shakur albums, or end up being leaked online.

Early life[edit]

Yafeu Fula was born to Sekou Odinga and Yaasmyn Fula on October 9, 1977. When Fula was 4 years old, his father was arrested and charged with six counts of attempted murder, nine predicate acts of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO), assisting in the escape of Assata Shakur from prison and violent theft of an armored truck. Fula and his 7 siblings were raised by a single mother. Growing up Fula was a large fan of movies like A Christmas Story, Star Wars and Bruce Lee martial arts movies.[2] Fula attended George Washington Carver Institute elementary school. Afeni Shakur and Yaasmyn Fula became close friends, making Tupac and Yafeu best friends

Career Beginnings[edit]

In 1994, Fula ran into his childhood friend Mutah "Napoleon" Beale. Yafeu's mother introduced Napoleon to Tupac Shakur, and all three created Dramacydal. Yafeu, only 16, took on the stage name of Young Hollywood. The group appeared on Tupac Shakur's album Me Against The World.

Outlawz[edit]

When 2Pac was in prison in 1995 on sexual assault charges, Kadafi visited him daily, at one of these visits, 2Pac and Kadafi decided to form the rap group "Outlawz". Bringing many members from Tupac's earlier groups, Dramacydal and Thug Life to form a super group. Also, Fula teamed up with fellow Outlawz member Hussein Fatal to record material under the name "Fatal-N-Felony". A album was planned but it never materialized, however some songs planned for the album appeared on Son Rize Vol.1. That same year, upon Tupac's release from prison, Kadafi met with Shakur to sign with Death Row Records. He guest starred on Tupac's 10 times platinum album titled "All Eyez On Me" (#1 on the U.S. Billboard 200) and featured on 3 songs. At this point Fula began his entry into the public eye, appearing in Music Video's, going to award shows, and appearing on stage performing. The Outlawz recorded frequently with Tupac all throughout 1996 and

Death of Tupac[edit]

On September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur died after being shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting near the Las Vegas Strip on September 7. Yaki Kadafi was in the car directly behind Shakur, and claimed to have seen the white cadillac pull up alongside Shakur and open fire.[3] Kadafi said that he could identify one of the shooters. However, Kadafi never followed up on these claims, and was never interviewed by police again.

His Plans and Final months[edit]

It has been revealed that Tupac was starting his own record label, "Makaveli Records". It is safe to assume he would end up making solo albums on this label. However, after the loss of Tupac, he immediately returned to New Jersey to live with his girlfriend Lavie Johnson. In these final months Fula discussed going to college, and becoming a record producer with his mother.[2]

Death[edit]

On November 10, 1996, two months after Shakur's death, Kadafi was found slumped in the third-floor stairwell of an apartment building at 325 Mechanic Street, in Orange NJ. According to the news report in the Las Vegas Sun,[4] Fula was found by New Jersey police at 3:48 a.m. Fula had been shot once in the head in a dispute over money. The news report names him a witness in the shooting of Tupac Shakur. It has been reported that he was visiting his girlfriend in New Jersey when he was struck dead by a bullet.

The Washington Times named Fula in their List of Rappers gunned down.[5] His death has been written about in numerous printed publications including the book, The Killing of Tupac Shakur, by Cathy Scott[6] and several others.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Fula grew up with his 7 brothers and sisters, and a single mom. Fula was dating Lavie Johnson at the time of his death. Johnson became pregnant with Fula's two daughters, Valencia and Nyasia, before his death. He was murdered before he could meet them. Their voices are featured in many songs on Son Rize Vol. 1.

Discography (posthumous)[edit]

Solo album

Collaboration album

Compilations

Guest appearances

References[edit]

  1. ^ /nm1435452/bio ""IMDb Biography of Yafeu Fula" IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 25 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Yaasym Fula interview with Kadafi Legacy". Kadfilegacy. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Witness to Rapper's killing is shot dead". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Scott, Cathy. "Shakur shooting witness found dead in N.J.". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "List of Rappers gunned down". Washington Times. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  6. ^ The Killing of Tupac Shakur. Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Published books about Yaki Kadafi". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 

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