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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

    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

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

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