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Raphael Saadiq

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


    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


    1 song

Albums by
Raphael Saadiq

Top Songs by
Raphael Saadiq

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

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