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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

    Coffeehouse Corner

    Coffeehouse Corner
    2 songs

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    2 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

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

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