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

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