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

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