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Hussein Fatal

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The story surrounding Hussein Fatal’s rise to fame is something straight out of classic American gangster flicks; a rags to riches story almost reminiscent of Brian DePalma’s Scarface. Substitute a Cuban Tony Montana with an African American Bruce Washington, and cocaine with hip-hop, and both stories share similar patterns. A high-speed lifestyle, an “I don¹t give a fuck” attitude, greed, murder and an untimely fall. This is the story of a street hustler turned rapper, turned hustler, turned rapper again.

Born Bruce Washington in 1977, Fatal was raised in Montclair, New Jersey, living with his mother, brother and four sisters. As a young rapper he looked up to legendary KRS-One and MC Shan, honing his skills and donning the name Fatal. Entering local underground rap battles, he developed a reputation around Jersey as a hot up and coming rapper and battler. At the same time, he was earning another reputation on the streets, dealing cocaine for a living between 1987 and 1989. Fatal was arrested a total of twenty four times as a minor, charged with various crimes including assault, robbery, drug trafficking, possession of narcotics, illegal firearms and trespassing. As an adult, he has been arrested at least twenty-five more times.

In the early 90s, with the help of then unknown hip-hop group, The Fugees, Fatal recorded a demo in Wyclef Jean¹s basement with his group, The Plague. Unfortunately no major label showed interest, and Fatal left the group.

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