Special to the AmNews
Heartfelt condolences from several colleagues of Hussein Fatal, local recording artist and close comrade of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur, went out last month as news spread of his July 11 passing in a tragic car accident on a Georgia freeway.
Born Bruce Edward Washington Jr. in Montclair, N.J., April 3, 1977, Hussein Fatal became well known in the mid-1990s after forming his group, the Outlawz, and aligning creative forces with Tupac.
He would go on to appear on several tracks on Tupac’s 1996 double album, “All Eyez On Me,” including “All ’Bout U,” “When We Ride” and the classic diss track “Hit ‘Em Up.”
After Tupac’s November 1996 passing, the Outlawz recorded several albums, the last one being “Perfect Timing,” released in 2011. He would also record a number of solo efforts between 1998 and 2013, the last one being “The Interview: It’s Not a Gimmik 2 Me.” Additionally, he released 18 mixtapes.
Fellow Outlawz member Napoleon (Mutah Beale) broke the news of his partner’s passing the following day, Sunday, July 12, on Facebook.
“From Allah we belong to Allah we return. It is confirmed our brother Hussein Fatal, member of the Outlawz, returned to Allah last night due to a car accident. Our brother Fatal did accept Islam and we ask Allah to have mercy on him. He was my old group member and friend for over 20 years and he will be missed. Death comes sudden without warning and we ask Allah to give us a good ending.”
The Outlawz’ official Twitter account also confirmed the news, tweeting Sunday, “Rest in Paradise,” alongside a photo of Fatal with Tupac. “Our brother Hussein Fatal passed away in a car accident. Pray for his family & kids at this time!”
Fellow artists also took to Twitter to reminisce about their colleague. Talib Kweli Greene wrote, “Damn. RIP Hussein Fatal. Good dude. Death is way too familiar.”
Juicy J tweeted, “R.I.P. Hussein Fatal prayers up.” Former “The View” co-host Rosie Perez also sent her condolences on Twitter.
Fatal was killed in a car accident on Interstate 85 in Banks County near Atlanta around 2:30 a.m. July 11 at 38 years of age, after being ejected from the passenger seat of a Dodge Challenger. His girlfriend, 31-year-old Zanetta L. Yearby, was driving and is being charged with a DUI, first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and several other counts.
“He was about being home with the people who loved him,” Tammy Perkins-Cross said last week of her younger brother. “That was in New Jersey, and that’s why we are bringing him back.”
His body was returned to his home of Montclair, and memorial services were conducted at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church July 14. Hundreds of mourners attended, including other local hip-hop artists Naughty by Nature and the Lords of the Underground. The family held a private funeral at an undisclosed location Wednesday.
Hussein is survived by three daughters, his mother, Cheryl Perkins, father, Bruce Washington Sr., and 11 siblings.