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

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