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

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