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

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