.:: EDI Biography
Malcolm Greenidge was born in New York on
July 7, 1974. He became friends with Katari "Kastro" Cox. They met
through their mothers who were close friends. He and Kastro's cousin,
Tupac Amaru Shakur, attended to the same private elementary school for a
half year. Greenidge was in the third grade and Tupac in the sixth. They
only went there for a half year because their parents couldn't afford
it. Greenridge, Kastro and their families later moved to New Jersey
where they became friends with Tupac's Godbrother, Yafeu "Kadafi" Fula.
In 1992, Greenidge, Kadafi and Kastro formed a trio. Greenidge went
under the alias Big Malcolm and the trio went under names like the Thoro
Headz and the Young Thugs. By now, Tupac had became a rap star and he
let them guest appear on "Flex" on his "Holler If Ya Hear Me" single
which was released on February 4, 1993. In 1994, Mutah "Napoleon" Beale
joined the group now known as Dramacydal. On April 5, 1995, Tupac's LP,
Me Against The World, was released. They guest appeared on "Me Against
The World" and "Outlaw." On June 27, Tupac's "So Many Tears" single was
released. It features "Hard To Imagine," a song by Malcolm, Kastro and
In 1995, Malcolm, Tupac, Bruce "Fatal" Washington, Kadafi, Kastro and
Napoleon formed the group the Outlaw Immortalz, later changed to the
Outlawz. Tupac gave each member of the group an alias from an enemy of
America, he gave Malcolm the alias E.D.I. after Ugandian president Idi
Amin. On February 13, 1996, Tupac's double LP, All Eyez On Me, was
released. E.D.I. guest appeared on "Tradin' War Stories," "When We Ride"
and "Thug Passion."
On June 14, Tupac's "How Do U Want It" single was released. It featured
"Hit 'Em Up" featuring E.D.I., Fatal and Kadafi. It's the most notorious
dis song in history and they're dissing Bad Boy Entertainment, Chino XL,
Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Mobb Deep on it. Tupac claimed he had sex with Bad
Boy Entertainment recording artist The Notorious B.I.G.'s wife, Faith
Evans, for betraying him. The video which was made for the song is the
Outlawz's first video.
On September 7, 1996, Tupac was shot four times in a drive-by-shooting
in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was taken to University Medical Center where he
died a week later. E.D.I. was in the car behind the one Tupac was riding
in, but he said he couldn't identify the murderer. E.D.I. and the rest
of the Outlawz moved back to New Jersey. On November 5, Tupac's LP, The
Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, was released. E.D.I. guest appeared
on three songs, "Bomb First (My Second Reply)," "Life Of An Outlaw" and
"Just Like Daddy." On November 10, after visiting his girlfriend, Kadafi
was shot. He was taken to University Hospital where he died on the
In March, 1997, E.D.I. and the rest of the Outlawz besides Fatal moved
back to California and signed with Death Row Records although Tupac had
several times told them not to. On November 25, 1997, Tupac's double LP,
R U Still Down? (Remember Me) was released. E.D.I. produced six songs on
it, "Redemption," "Thug Style," "Fuck All Y'all," "Let Them Thangs Go,"
"When I Get Free" and "Enemies With Me." On December 21, 1999, the
Outlawz's debut album, Still I Rise, was finally released.
In 1999, E.D.I. and the rest of the Outlawz besides Fatal who by now had
beef with them started Outlaw Recordz and released their second and
third LPs, Ride Wit Us Or Collide Wit Us and Novakane, on November 7,
2000 and November 6, 2001. E.D.I.'s married and has three children,
Malik, Milan and Nzingha. He's working on Blood Brothers, a
collaboration album with Kastro, due out this year and is also working
on a screenplay.