Lifesavas is a Hip hop group from Portland, Oregon featuring Vursatyl, an MC's emcee; Jumbo the Producer/MC; and Rev. Shines the DJ,Together, they represent classic hip-hop, They are known for their fierce tag-team lyricism, broad humor, self-deprecating wit, vivid storytelling, and passionate wordplay. Vursatyl a brilliant and skilled lyricist, whose rhymes are masterful; Jumbo’s chunky, soulful, sometimes quirky, chopped beat arrangements deliver a balance of ambition,depth, musicality and genre-hopping eclecticism that has become the group’s trademark. Rev. Shines, a decade crossing beat visionary, inspired by golden era hip-hop, Southern gospel singers and funky Brazilians from the 1970s.
Vursatyl and Jumbo met playing basketball and ripping free-style in Portland city parks. Initially,working different projects out of the same makeshift studio, the two decided to join creative forces. They quickly gained local notoriety, performing incredible sets as openers and filling infor headliners at the last minute. As a result, the promoters knew them, as being—literally— “Lifesavers”. Soon after DJ Rev Shines joined forces, and the trio was born.
Lifesavas, the homegrown blend from Portland garnered the attention of Hip Hop heavy weights everywhere. Chief Xcel from Blackalicious discovered Jumbo’s “pregnant drumz”production style and Vursatyl’s soulful 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 other artist on their record label, Quannum Projects (Blackalicious,DJ Shadow, and Latyrx.)
Vursatyl was invited to tour and perform backup vocals for Blackalicious during their live performances. His signature style of lyricism and soulful singing he honed as a youth from singing in gospel choirs and the streets of Portland. Soon after Jumbo and Shines joined Vursatyl on tour, opening for Quannum artists Blackalicious and Latyrx that lead them to a record deal on Quannum Projects in 2003, where they released their acclaimed debut album titled “ Spirit In Stone.” Chief Xcel declared that Lifesavas are the essence of hip-hop that attracted him to sign Lifesavas to the Quannum label.
On January 1, 2003, Lifesavas released their first album entitled “Spirit In Stone” on Quannum Projects. This album features the singles of “Hello HiHey/What If It’s True?” and “Fever / Selector”.
April 10, 2007 the second album released titled “Gutterfly” released on Quannum Projects garnered commercial success with the acclaimed single of “Gutterfly” and “A Seperent’s Love”. Gutterfly – This theoretical Blaxploitationflick (loosely based on an abandoned ’70’s film concept by created character Baraka Feldman) about three ghetto strivers escaping the morass of their Portland, Razor blade City environment.
|Origin||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Genres||Hip hop, Northwest hip hop|
|Labels||Quannum Projects/Misfit Records|
|Members||Vursatyl (MC), Jumbo (MC, producer), Rev Shines (DJ)|
- Spirit in Stone (2003)
- Gutterfly (2007)
- Molson Red Leaf Collection Vol. 1 (2004) 1 song: HelloHiHey
- Lifesavas at MySpace
- Lifesavas tour blog
- Lifesavas bio, pics, audiostreams
- Live performance, first broadcast on KEXP, May 2007.