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

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