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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

    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


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

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