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