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Hussein Fatal
Hussein Fatal

Birth name

Bruce Edward Washington, Jr.

Born

3 April 1977
Montclair, New Jersey, United States

Died

10 July 2015 (aged 38)
Gainesville, Georgia, United States

Genres

Hip hop

Occupations

Rapper

Years active

1996-present

Labels

Relativity, Rap-A-Lot, Thugtertainment

Associated acts

Ja Rule, Outlawz, Tupac Shakur

Bruce Edward Washington, Jr. (3 April 1977 - 10 July 2015), better known by his stage name Hussein Fatal, was an American rapper and member of the Outlawz from Montclair, New Jersey. He was best known for his collaborative work with Tupac Shakur. Washington released two solo albums, while also having contributed to several Outlawz albums.

Washington began rapping and dealing drugs at a young age, and attended the same school as future Outlawz member Yaki Kadafi. Kadafi brought Washington while visiting an incarcerated Shakur, and Shakur was so impressed with Washington's rapping abilities that he promptly added him to his newly founded group Outlawz. Washington made his recording debut in 1996 on Shakur's album All Eyez on Me on the songs "All About U" and "When We Ride". Later that year, Washington featured on the infamous diss track "Hit 'Em Up". When Shakur and Kadafi were killed in September and November of 1996 respectively, Washington abandoned hip hop music and went back to drug dealing.

With the birth of his first daughter in December 1997, Washington decided to return to rapping, and signed a deal with Relativity Records. He released his debut solo 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 Rap-A-Lot Records, and worked on a second solo album before becoming incarcerated in December 1999 for an assault charge three years prior. He was paroled in early 2002, and his album Fatal was released later that year. He appeared on four songs from Ja Rule's 2003 album Blood in My Eye, before taking a short hiatus from music.

Washington returned to recording in 2007 when he released the album Thug In Thug Out with fellow Outlawz member Young Noble. Washington rejoined Outlawz soon afterwards, and founded his own record label, Thugtertainment. A book he wrote, titled Journey of an Outlaw, is said to be still in negotiations over a publishing deal. 

Washington was killed in a car accident in Gainesville, Georgia on 11 July 2015. The driver, Zanetta L. Yearby, was driving while intoxicated, and crashed near an exit on Interstate 85 at Georgia 15. Washington was ejected from the car and killed. Yearby was charged with DUI, first-degree vehicular homicide, and reckless driving.[1]

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