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

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