Lifesavas is a hip hop group from Portland, Oregon, composed of Vursatyl, an MC; Jumbo, a producer-MC; and Rev Shines, a DJ.
Vursatyl and Jumbo met playing basketball and ripping free-style in Portland city parks. Initially working on different projects out of the same makeshift studio, the two decided to join creative forces. They quickly gained local notoriety, performing as openers and filling in for headliners at the last minute. As a result, the promoters knew them as being “Lifesavers”. Soon afterwards, DJ Rev Shines joined forces, and the trio was born.
Chief Xcel from Blackalicious discovered Jumbo’s “pregnant drumz” production style and Vursatyl’s emceeing, pounding from Jump Jump Music's stereo system, where Shines worked while digging for vinyl in Portland. Xcel eventually tracked down Lifesavas and invited the group to perform in San Francisco with Blackalicious along with another artist on their record label, Quannum Projects.
Vursatyl was invited to tour and perform backup vocals for Blackalicious during their live performances. Soon after, Jumbo and Shines joined Vursatyl on tour, opening for Quannum artists Blackalicious and Latyrx. That led them to a record deal on Quannum Projects in 2003, where they released their debut album Spirit In Stone. This album features the singles of “Hello HiHey/What If It’s True?” and “Fever / Selector”.
Their second album, Gutterfly, was released on April 10, 2007, on Quannum Projects, featuring the singles “Gutterfly” and “A Seperent’s Love”.