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Saafir - Light Sleeper (1994) (
From the album "Boxcar Sessions" produced by Jeremy Jackson

Qwest Records, 1994.

Gibson, better known as Saafir, is an emcee, producer and actor from
Oakland, California. He is also a member of the rap group "Golden State
Project" (formerly known as Golden State Warriors) with Ras Kass and
Xzibit. Born in Oakland, California, 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. Saafir admits that during the battle he
simultaneously used premeditated and freestyle rhymes claiming during
lyrical warfare a true combatant leaves nothing to chance making sure
his opponents face heavy artillery and an arsenal of weaponry.

made his recording debut on several cuts on Digital Underground's The
Body-Hat Syndrome in 1993, followed by an appearance on 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. In 2006, he released 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.

In February 2013 on
Davey D's Hip-Hop Corner, Digital Underground leader Shock-G revealed
that Saafir was confined to a wheelchair due to complications from his
spinal surgery.Saafir later appeared on Sway & King Tech's The Wake
Up Show to confirm his condition and clear up some of the misconceptions
stemming from Shock-G's announcement.

Saafir was one of the
passengers flying on TWA Flight 843; he suffered a back injury as a
consequence of the incident involving that flight.


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