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Saafir is a free-style rapper, the "saucee nomad", and "hunchback of Oakland". After moving from Fresno, California (the "'No") to Oakland, California, he lived with Tupac Shakur and became a dancer for Digital Underground.
Saafir took part in what is one of the most notorious Bay Area rap battles against Casual and some members of Hieroglyphics. The battle took place live on KMEL. It's not exactly clear who won the battle, as there is some debate as to whether or not Saafir was using pre-written raps.
He first appeared on Casual's Fear Itself and Digital Underground's The Body-Hat Syndrome. 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). 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. The album covers the major transitions throughout his life, most notably his spinal tumor, and his conversion to Islam.