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Raphael Saadiq

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Throwback R&B singer Raphael Saadiq was born in Oakland, CA, in 1966, and started playing music six years later. He played bass at church and school and enjoyed his place on-stage at various local hometown events. After high school, Saadiq won a chance to join Prince and Sheila E. on the Parade tour. Such an experience inspired Saadiq to make music his life, and before the '80s came to an end, he formed Tony! Toni! Tone!. Saadiq went under his birth name of Wiggins while in Tony! Toni! Tone!, and was joined by his brother, Dwayne Wiggins, and cousin Timothy Christian. Tony! Toni! Tone! made their debut with "Little Walter" in 1988. Two years later, they were mega-stars thanks to the success of their second album, The Revival. The ballad "It Never Rains (In Southern California)" and the club-friendly "Feels Good" were major hits and the band eventually sold six million albums. However, Saadiq left the group at the height of its fame. A solo career was in the works by the time the mid-'90s rolled around. Two singles for movie soundtracks -- 1995's "Ask of You" from Higher Learning and "Me & You" from Boyz N da Hood -- were Saadiq's proper solo introduction, but not exactly satisfying. He was used to being part of a band, so a solo career made him a bit apprehensive. Saadiq bowed out for some normalcy over the next few years. Lucy Pearl was Saadiq's next project, where he joined with En Vogue's Dawn Robinson and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest for a short-lived super-group. Saadiq also had his hand in producing material for the likes of Macy Gray, TLC, the Roots, and D'Angelo. In 2000, his song "Untitled" won D'Angelo a Grammy. Inspired by his new "gospedelic" approach, he captured a new sound for himself while recording material between Oakland and Sacramento. The end result was Instant Vintage, which earned five Grammy nominations in 2003. The blaxploitation era-referencing Ray Ray and the '60s-flavored The Way I See It followed, respectively, in 2004 and 2008; the latter was nominated for three Grammys. Stone Rollin' was released in 2011, just after Saadiq and his band of the same name backed Mick Jagger for a Grammy Awards perfomance of Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love." The album maintained Saadiq's streak of throwback-oriented releases. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Raphael Saadiq

    Neo-Soul

    Neo-Soul
    13 songs

    Smooth Vocals

    Smooth Vocals
    4 songs

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    2 songs

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    2 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    1 song

    Americana

    1 song

Albums by
Raphael Saadiq

Top Songs by
Raphael Saadiq

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Never Give You Up
  3.   Good Man
  4.   Love That Girl
  5.   Staying In Love
  6.   Stone Rollin'
  7.   Be Here
  8.   100 Yard Dash
  9.   Let's Take a Walk
  10.   Radio
  11.   You're the One That I Like
  12.   Oh Girl
  13.   Keep Marchin'
  14.   Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  15.   Skyy, Can You Feel Me
  16.   Different Times
  17.   Blind Man
  18.   Excuse Me
  19.   Body Parts
  20.   Uptown
  21.   Sometimes
  22.   Make My Day
  23.   Big Easy
  24.   Tick Tock
  25.   Movin' Down the Line
  26.   I Know Shuggie Otis
  27.   Ask of You
  28.   Anniversary
  29.   Doing What I Can
  30.   I Want You Back
  31.   Live Without You
  32.   Blaxploitation
  33.   Let's Get Down
  34.   Still Ray
  35.   Charlie Ray
  36.   Just Don't
  37.   Go to Hell
  38.   Aquarius
  39.   Calling
  40.   Faithful
  41.   I Love Her
  42.   Rifle Love
  43.   Get Involved
  44.   You
  45.   Whatever You Want
  46.   Lay Your Head on My Pillow by Tony! Toni! Toné!
  47.   Missing You by Joi
  48.   People
  49.   Only Knew
  50.   Tek 2
  51.   The Answer
  52.   Over You
  53.   Heart Attack
  54.   Don't Mess with My Man
  55.   Just One Kiss
  56.   Sure Hope You Mean It
  57.   Save Us
  58.   Detroit Girl
  59.   Chic Like You
  60.   This One
  61.   Loving You by Tony! Toni! Toné!
  62.   It Never Rains
  63.   Still a Man by Tony! Toni! Toné!
  64.   Copy Cat by Joi
  65.   Just Me and You
  66.   Oph
  67.   What's Life Like
  68.   Just a Man
  69.   Day Dreams
  70.   Let the Sunshine In
  71.   Chic
  72.   Not a Game
  73.   Tek 1
  74.   Ray Ray Theme
  75.   Dance Tonight/La La
  76.   Grown Folks

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