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Raphael Saadiq

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Biography

Throwback R&B singer Raphael Saadiq was born in Oakland, California, 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 megastars 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 their 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 supergroup. 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 performance of Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love." The album maintained Saadiq's streak of throwback-oriented releases. Over the following years, Saadiq moved away from the spotlight and focused on other projects, including working with Elton John, serving as executive producer on Solange's A Seat at the Table and John Legend's A Legendary Christmas, collaborating with Mary J. Blige, as well as appearing in the Netflix TV series Luke Cage. Saadiq returned in 2019 to his own solo career with the deeply personal sixth album, Jimmy Lee. Named after his brother, who passed away after a drug overdose, the album saw Saadiq lyrically dealing with darker territory than on his previous work, giving it a darker, more aggressive edge. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Never Give You Up
  3.   Good Man
  4.   Love That Girl
  5.   Staying In Love
  6.   Be Here
  7.   Stone Rollin'
  8.   100 Yard Dash
  9.   Let's Take a Walk
  10.   Radio
  11.   You're the One That I Like
  12.   Keep Marchin'
  13.   Oh Girl
  14.   Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
  15.   Something Keeps Calling
  16.   Skyy, Can You Feel Me
  17.   Blind Man
  18.   Tick Tock
  19.   Different Times
  20.   Uptown
  21.   Body Parts
  22.   So Ready
  23.   Make My Day
  24.   Excuse Me
  25.   Movin' Down the Line
  26.   Big Easy
  27.   Sometimes
  28.   I Know Shuggie Otis
  29.   Rifle Love
  30.   Still a Man by Tony! Toni! Toné!
  31.   Heart Attack
  32.   Save Us
  33.   Get Involved
  34.   People
  35.   Just a Man
  36.   Go to Hell
  37.   Let the Sunshine In
  38.   Dance Tonight/La La
  39.   Calling
  40.   Just One Kiss
  41.   Faithful
  42.   Grown Folks
  43.   I Want You Back
  44.   Detroit Girl
  45.   Chic Like You
  46.   This One
  47.   Anniversary
  48.   Missing You by Joi
  49.   Just Me and You
  50.   Oph
  51.   Ask of You
  52.   Glory to the Veins
  53.   The Answer
  54.   Sure Hope You Mean It
  55.   Live Without You
  56.   Whatever You Want
  57.   Lay Your Head on My Pillow by Tony! Toni! Toné!
  58.   Tek 1
  59.   Tek 2
  60.   What's Life Like
  61.   Doing What I Can
  62.   Still Ray
  63.   Charlie Ray
  64.   Ray Ray Theme
  65.   Chic
  66.   Let's Get Down
  67.   Stealin' Stealin'
  68.   Only Knew
  69.   Day Dreams
  70.   Don't Mess with My Man
  71.   Aquarius
  72.   I Love Her
  73.   Not a Game
  74.   Blaxploitation
  75.   You
  76.   Loving You by Tony! Toni! Toné!
  77.   Copy Cat by Joi
  78.   Just Don't
  79.   Over You
  80.   It Never Rains
  81.   Sinners Prayer
  82.   This World is Drunk
  83.   Kings Fall
  84.   I'm Feeling Love
  85.   My Walk
  86.   Belongs to God
  87.   Dottie Interlude
  88.   Rikers Island
  89.   Rikers Island Redux
  90.   Rearview
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