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

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