Saafir

Saafir

Saafir

Biography

Saafir is an emcee, producer and actor from Oakland, California. After moving from Fresno, California (the "'No") to Oakland, he lived with Tupac Shakur and became a dancer for Digital Underground.

Saafir took part in one of the most notorious Bay Area rap battles, when he and members of the Hobo Junction went against Casual and members of the Hieroglyphics Crew. The battle took place live on KMEL. There has never been a real decision as to who won the battle and there is some debate as to whether or not Saafir was using pre-written raps.

He first appeared on Digital Underground's The Body-Hat Syndrome in 1993, and then Casual's Fear Itself in early 1994. He appeared in the film Menace II Society as Harold Lawson and was featured on the film's soundtrack. With a deal from Qwest Records, Saafir recruited the Hobo Junction production team (J Groove, J.Z., Rational, Big Nose, and Poke Martian) for his freestyle debut, Boxcar Sessions (1994). He recorded an album called Trigonometry under the alias Mr. No No before returning as Saafir in The Hit List (1999). The Hit List was considered Saafir's attempt at commercial acceptance. The album featured production by Stevie J (made famous for his work with P. Diddy's Hitmen production team) and guest vocals from West Coast heavyweights Kam and Jayo Felony and controversial East Coast lyricist Chino XL.

He largely recovered from a tumor in his spine. He's back with his old group, Hobo Junction, and has completed work on his fourth album, Good Game: The Transition (ABB Records, 2006). The album covers the major transitions throughout his life, most notably his spinal tumor, and his conversion to Islam.

Discography

Saafir - Boxcar Sessions

Saafir - Boxcar Sessions

Qwest Records 1994
Saafir A.k.a. Mr. No No - Trigonometry

Saafir A.k.a. Mr. No No - Trigonometry

Wrap Records 1998
Saafir - The Hit List

Saafir - The Hit List

Qwest Records 1999
Saafir - Good Game: The Transition

Saafir - Good Game: The Transition

ABB Records 2006

Guest Appearances

Plan Bee - Quest For Survival
  • Runnin From The 5-0

Plan Bee - Quest For Survival

One Hundred 20 Records 1993
Casual - Fear Itself
  • That Bullshit

Casual - Fear Itself

Jive 1994
Underground Rebellion - A1 Immaculate Funktism
  • Westbound To Tha Fullest

Underground Rebellion - A1 Immaculate Funktism

Treasure Line Records 1995
Key Kool & Rhettmatic - Kozmonautz
  • Shape Shiftaz

Key Kool & Rhettmatic - Kozmonautz

Up Above Records 1995
Potna Deuce - Heron Soup
  • Get High

Potna Deuce - Heron Soup

High Powered Entertainment 1996
The Conscious Daughters - Gamers
  • All Star Freestyle

The Conscious Daughters - Gamers

Priority Records 1996
Xzibit - At The Speed Of Life
  • Plastic Surgery

Xzibit - At The Speed Of Life

Loud Records 1996
Digital Underground - Future Rhythm
  • Glooty-Us-Maximus

Digital Underground - Future Rhythm

Raputation 1996
Big Toine - Put It Down
  • Put It Down

Big Toine - Put It Down

G&H Entertainment 1997
Ras Kass - Rasassination
  • H2OProof

Ras Kass - Rasassination

Priority Records 1998
Xzibit - 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
  • 3 Card Molly

Xzibit - 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz

Loud Records 1998
Hobo Junction - Limited Edition
  • In A Vest

Hobo Junction - Limited Edition

Hobo Records 1998
  • Ball Point

Hobo Junction - The Black Label

Hobo Records 1998
Unaffiliated And The Madsquad - Hate Me Cause You Ain't Me
  • Down And Dirty

Unaffiliated And The Madsquad - Hate Me Cause You Ain't Me

Smooth & Lethal Records 1999
Hobo Junction - The Cleaners
  • Step Forward

Hobo Junction - The Cleaners

Hobo Records 1999
Big Hutch Aka Cold 187um - Executive Decisions
  • Playas, Gangstas, Ballers

Big Hutch aka Cold 187um - Executive Decisions

West World Records, Street Solid 1999
The Whoridas - High Times
  • Family Deep

The Whoridas - High Times

TVT Records 1999
Various Blends - Levitude
  • My Favorite Mistake

Various Blends - Levitude

Baraka Foundation 1999
Swollen Members - Balance
  • Valentines Day Massacre

Swollen Members - Balance

Battle Axe Records 1999
Spice 1 - Immortalized
  • Thug Poetry

Spice 1 - Immortalized

Jive 1999
Underground Rebellion - Warriors
  • Parties, Parlayin' & Panties

Underground Rebellion - Warriors

Armada Entertainment 2000
Da Campaign - Mac-A-Million
  • Conversation

Da Campaign - Mac-A-Million

Armada Entertainment 2000
Chino XL - I Told You So
  • Untitled Bonus Track

Chino XL - I Told You So

Metro Records 2001
Potna Deuce - Tha Uncut Heron Soup Goop
  • Get High

Potna Deuce - Tha Uncut Heron Soup Goop

2 Tight Entertainment 2004
Myka Nyne - A Work In Progress
  • Picasso

Myka Nyne - A Work In Progress

M9 Entertainment 2004
Mike Marshall - Love, Lies And Life
  • An Eagle Flies

Mike Marshall - Love, Lies And Life

Million Dollar Dream 2005
Substance Abuse - Overproof
  • Sickness (Remix)

Substance Abuse - Overproof

Threshold Recordings 2006
Antimc - It's Free, But It's Not Cheap
  • The True Believer

Antimc - It's Free, But It's Not Cheap

Mush 2006
Keelay & Zaire - Ridin' High
  • I Used To Ride

Keelay & Zaire - Ridin' High

R.N.L.G. 2009
Bicasso - Rebel Musiq
  • WarzOver

Bicasso - Rebel Musiq

Legendary Music 2009

Compilations

Million Dollar Dream - The High Powered Double Album
  • Rowdy Riders

Million Dollar Dream - The High Powered Double Album

Dogday Records 1997
Franzen & Tracedog - Up All Night Paper Chase
  • I'm Saafir

Various - Franzen & Tracedog's Up All Night Paperchase

Me & Mine Entertainment 1998
Various - 3 Beam Circus
  • Goin Home

Various - 3 Beam Circus

Swerve Records 1998
Million Dollar Dream - Money & Muscle
  • Gangsta Bitch

Million Dollar Dream - Money & Muscle

Million Dollar Dream 1999
  • Skanless

Rasco - 20,000 Leagues Under The Street Vol. 1

Pockets Linted Entertainment 2000
Blazin' (The Soundtrack)
  • Players, Gangstas And Ballers

Various - Blazin' The Soundtrack

Activate Entertainment 2001
Freaky Phil Presents Bay Bury-Ya
  • Drop It Like It's Hot

Various - Freaky Phil Presents Bay Bury-Ya

Blue Print Records 2001
Andre Nickatina & Nick Peace Present Hells Kitchen
  • Hell's Kitchen

Various - Andre Nickatina & Nick Peace Present Hells Kitchen

Million Dollar Dream 2002
Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1
  • Come Wid It (Remix)

Fredwreck - Greatest Hits Episode 1

DPG Recordz 2005
Andre Nickatina - Khanthology - Cocaine Raps 1992-2005
  • Hell's Kitchen

Andre Nickatina - Khanthology: Cocaine Raps 1992-2005

Fillmoe Coleman Records 2006
YaDa-Mi-Classics, Volume 1
  • Trigga Happy

Various - YaDa-Mi-Classics, Volume 1

K-Tel 2007
RBX - Westside Radio Vol. 18
  • Picaso

RBX - Westside Radio Vol. 18

Premeditated Entertainment 2007
Various - Westside Bugg Presents The Best Of The West
  • Wigglin'

Various - Westside Bugg Presents The Best Of The West

Jake Records 2008
Numskull - Hear This!!
  • Glooty-Us-Maximus

Numskull - Hear This!!

Numworld Entertainment 2008