News: Oakland Rapper Kafani In Critical Condition After Weekend Shooting
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 8:45AM
West Coast rapper Kafani is going to need a lot of fans' prayers as reports claim he is currently in critical condition after being shot multiple times over the weekend in East Oakland.
According to reports, Kafani has not yet shown any signs of being able to check out of a local hospital following surgery 48 hours ago.
A rapper shot several times in East Oakland Saturday night by someone who told him to stop filming a video remained in critical condition Monday. Police confirmed that Amir Rashad, 33, who performs under the name Kafani, was the man shot at about 11:36 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Seminary Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. Police said Rashad was part of a group filming a rap video when a man approached and told them they shouldn't be filming there. As they were in the process of leaving the man shot Rashad numerous times, authorities said. Rashad's friends drove him to a hospital, where he underwent surgery. (Mercury News)
His last Twitter remark dates back to early Sunday (September 29) morning.
"#philthybitch on http://thizzler.com right now http://instagram.com/p/e1VzRJsw3-/," a post reads from his Twitter page September 29. (Kafani's Twitter)
A couple years ago, Kafani also found himself in the line of fire during a fatal shooting.
Rashad is based in Oakland, and is the founder of the group Babyface Assassins, according to his official website. In November 2011, police said Rashad was at the scene of a West Oakland shooting in which eight people were shot, including 23-month-old Hiram Lawrence Jr., who later died. A van belonging to the rapper was riddled with gunshots, police said at the time. The day of that shooting, the toddler's father, producer Hiram Lawrence Jr., was shooting a music video with two fellow rappers that disrespected a gang from the Acorn public housing project, according to court testimony in April. The testimony was given in a preliminary hearing for Fredrick Coleman, who is one of three people accused of firing at least 40 bullets into the group of people on Nov. 28, 2011. (Mercury News)
The West Coast rapper previously spoke to SOHH about embracing the independent music game hustle.
"The independent game is pretty good, I mean, anything you do you have to work hard at it," Kafani told SOHH. "On a major label, you have to work but not as hard. There's a lot of money that the label is going to put up to get you out there. So when you're independent, you have to grind much harder to do it. But the thing about it that I like [about] being on the independent side is that you have more freedom to do what you want to do. Everything you're seeing is my creation and what I"m putting together. I want to be able to be independent and make music the way I want to do it. I was on E-1 Music for a minute and it was cool. It's an indie label but still had us working off of a major scale so a lot of things that were going on with the project, I didn't know about. So I like to be kind of hands on with my stuff. At the end of the day, I know what's best for me." (SOHH)