.:: Noble Biography
Rufus Cooper III better know as young Noble was born in Sierra Madre, California on
March 31, 1978. Noble grew up with his mother Ellene, his twin sister,
Keisha, and his brother, Shawn Furr. His mother was on drugs for the
first 15 years of his life and his father, Rufus L. Cooper II, wasn't
there for him. They lived in Altadena, California until his brother got
into trouble with the law and was forced to leave the state. The whole
family, besides Keisha, moved to Montclair, New Jersey. Cooper attended
Hill Side Elementary where he received Good Student Awards. Then he
attended Glen Field Middle School where he discovered his love for
Although he was doing good in school, he had friends in the dope game
who he saw making a lot of money. He saw this is a way to provide
himself and his mother who couldn't provide him with things other
children had. He asked his mother for permission and then started
selling drugs. His choice got him into a lot of trouble, both in - and
outside of school. His mother sent him back to his father in California.
It didn't work out and after two months his mother's boyfriend, Greg
Brown, helped him to get a plane ticket back to New Jersey. He once
again attended to school while selling drugs on the side.
Cooper earned a starting point guard position in the basketball team
Freshmen Squad. But near the first game he was told that couldn't play
because of the no pass, no play rule. He was disappointed and gave up
school and started selling drugs on full time. He was regularly harassed
by the police and in and out of the juvenile hall. At age 15, he decided
to turn his life around after he had a vision from God who told him that
he would either end up dead or in prison.
Noble asked his sister if he could move in with her, but she was
pregnant and living with her baby's father who she didn't want to leave.
She graduated high school and then agreed to let him move in with her.
He bought himself a plane ticket to Rancho Cucamonga, California and
lived with Keisha who helped him get back in school. He started rapping
under the alias Young Noble. After living with Keisha for over a year,
he received a phone call from Bruce "Fatal" Washington and Yafeu "Kadafi"
Fula, two of his friends from New Jersey. They said they were in Los
Angeles, California with rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur who had just been
released from prison.
The next day, Noble visited Fatal and Kadafi who were working on Tupac's
upcoming double LP, All Eyez On Me. He began to regularly visit them. He
went to school during the week and visited them on the weekends. After
Tupac heard him rap, he asked him to join their group, the Outlawz.
There was a catch, though. He couldn't go to school and rap at the same
time. So Tupac gave him an ultimatum, either finish school or move to
Los Angeles and become a star. He decided to move to Los Angeles and
join the group.
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. Young Noble 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. Noble guest appeared on four songs, "Bomb First
(My Second Reply)," "Hail Mary," "Life Of An Outlaw" and "Just Like
Daddy." "Hail Mary" was the third single and video. Death Row Records
who released the LP didn't credit the Outlawz for guest appearing on it
and cut them out of the video. On November 10, after visiting his
girlfriend, Kadafi was shot. He was found by the police in a third floor
hallway of an apartment building in Irvington, New Jersey. He was taken
to University Hospital where he died on the afternoon.
Noble and the rest of the Outlawz besides Fatal moved back to California
and signed with Death Row Records in March, 1997 although Tupac had told
them not to. On December 21, 1999, the Outlawz's debut album, Still I
Rise, was finally released. In 1999, Noble, E.D.I., Kastro and Napoleon
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. Noble is looking forward to act in films and direct his first
video. He's working on his solo album, Noble Justice, which is named
after his son and due out this year.