Mutah Beale talks Tupac, tracking down | Former rapper of Tupac’s Outlawz, coffee shop owner, motivational speaker, author, and convert to Islam, Mutah Wassin Shabazz Beale is many things.
He was brought up in a Christian home, although he was not reared religious. In fact, he had lost trust in God as a result of an early traumatic event.
According to Beale, “My parents were slain in front of me when I was three years old.”
In his own words, “I grew up simply loathing them” because “these individuals the killers were related to the Country of Islam and my grandmother who raised me didn’t know the difference between the religion of Islam and the “nation” of Islam.”
He was raised by his grandmother when his parents passed away, although he acknowledges that despite having two Muslim uncles, he didn’t know anything about the religion. However, he claims that the traumatic loss of his parents fueled the internal conflict he experienced over religion and faith.
Growing up, I didn’t want anything to do with Islam because of the charges I had heard about it.
But after leaving his New Jersey roots at the age of 15 and coming to LA, where he met Tupac, he discovered faith during the height of his rap career.
The group appeared to be a part of the largest rap movement.
Being a part of Death Row [Records] in the 1990s, they were the face of gangster music, selling more records than any other label thanks to the presence of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac.
“We featured with Tupac on 40–50 million record sales, notably in his final days,”
However, Beale claims that nobody knew what was happening “behind the scenes.”
He remembers that “it was violent, there were fights going on in the studio and so on.” The things I was trying to escape from found me in the music industry because it was the streets.
In a drive-by shooting in 1996, Tupac himself was slain.
Upon discovering religion, Beale’s entire life was transformed.
He says, “Once I converted to Islam, I left the music business.”
He claims that in 2002, while intoxicated, he fought with his younger brother in a recording studio.
The brawl was broken up by a Muslim who was present in the studio. After chatting for a time, we swapped phone numbers. From that point on, whenever he called, he would invite me to the mosque.
After the passing of his parents, he initially turned down the invitations but claims that when he did, it altered his life.
It stood in contrast to his childhood church experience, which he claims was extremely racialized.
“My curiosity increased, and I wanted to learn more. I acquired some Islamic literature and began to read,” he explains.
As he began to read, he recognised the names of the prophets in the Quran right away since he had studied the Bible.
“My grandmother gave me names like Prophet Abraham and Jacob. I realised this was from my creator when I read about the Prophet Mohammed, his companions, and the most recent revelation. Soon after that, I embraced Islam as my faith.
About five months later, Beale underwent the Hajj, a religious rite involving travel to Makkah in Saudi Arabia that is required of every Muslim who is fit and has the means to execute it.
“I spent two weeks in Saudi Arabia, and since there was no social media at the time, I had time to pause and think on my experiences. It was a very remarkable experience.
Although he was supposed to go back home and “get back into the party scene around drink, women, and drugs,” he didn’t feel prepared.
Without using any cuss words, Beale worked on a solo record before deciding to stop making music entirely.
Later, in 2010, Beale relocated to Saudi Arabia where he co-founded the Riyadh restaurant Smokey Beards and the coffee store MW Café.
Beale claims to have been a hustler his entire life, and he used this trait to create his businesses in Saudi Arabia. He claims to have been working on new ideas and projects all the time; he just released a biography called Life is AW.
He also hosts a podcast called MU2Q where he also does interviews with other Outlawz members.
The fact that my partner is Korean-American and Christian makes it possible for us to discuss both domestic and international issues while living in Saudi Arabia, he says.
I’m just trying to keep myself busy so I can take it all in.
It “feels like home” now because of the kingdom’s recent rapid changes brought on by the government’s push for the Vision 2030 reform program, but many people still don’t know how safe the nation is, particularly for women, according to him.
“When I return to America, people there claim that Saudi women are mistreated and can’t even leave their homes without permission. I tell them that this is untrue. I think the women here have it good because they spoil you, he claims.
“If I bring my wife with me to government offices and public places, they will move me to the front of the queue since I am with a woman,” the man said.
Beale’s life today is considerably dissimilar from the LA rap scene of the 1990s.
He recently visited the US and expressed his belief that things have changed significantly in his native country.
“That is not to say there isn’t any good; there is, and so are the people of America. However, Tiny, a friend of mine who has recently converted to Islam, was speaking to me when he mentioned a recent school shooting in Arizona that had occurred at his daughter’s school. He added that we are incredibly fortunate to be raising our children here [in Saudi Arabia].
He claims that he perceives an emphasis on family structure and child protection in Saudi Arabia.
“I suppose a typical day in my life starts with me dropping my children off at school. Being able to raise them here is such a blessing “He claims.