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

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