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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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Albums by
Raphael Saadiq

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    10 songs

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    Stone Rollin'

    13 songs

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    The Way I See It

    14 songs

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    Ray Ray

    19 songs

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    Instant Vintage

    1 song

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    Stone Rollin' (Album Version)

    1 song

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    Good Man

    1 song

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    Love That Girl

    24 songs

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    Live In Paris

    23 songs

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    All Hits at the House of Blues

    9 songs

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    The Way I See It

    4 songs

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    Be Here [CD]

    12 songs

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    Black Nativity [Music from the Motion Picture]

    18 songs

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    Live from the Artists Den


Top Songs by
Raphael Saadiq

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    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.   You're the One That I Like
  13.   Oh Girl
  14.   Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  15.   Sometimes
  16.   Skyy, Can You Feel Me
  17.   Excuse Me
  18.   Different Times
  19.   Uptown
  20.   Tick Tock
  21.   Movin' Down the Line
  22.   Make My Day
  23.   Blind Man
  24.   Body Parts
  25.   Big Easy
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Raphael Saadiq

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    Amy Winehouse: DNA

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    Vocal Hits

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    R&B Deep Dive

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    Contemporary R&B

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    James Brown: DNA

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    Coffee House

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    Bob Dylan: DNA

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    Prince: DNA

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    Americana

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    The Current


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