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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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Selected Discography

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Track List: Stone Rollin'

1. Heart Attack

2. Go To Hell

3. Radio

4. Over You

5. Stone Rollin'

6. Day Dreams

7. Movin' Down The Line

8. Just Don't

9. Good Man

10. The Answer

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Track List: The Way I See It

1. Sure Hope You Mean It

2. 100 Yard Dash

3. Keep Marchin'

4. Big Easy

5. Just One Kiss

6. Love That Girl

7. Calling

8. Staying In Love

9. Oh Girl

10. Let's Take A Walk

11. Never Give You Up

12. Sometimes

13. Oh Girl

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Track List: As Ray Ray

1. Blaxploitation

2. Ray Ray Theme

3. I Know Shuggie Otis

4. This One

5. Chic Like You (feat. Allie Baba)

6. Live Without You

7. Detroit Girl

8. Not A Game (feat. BabyFace)

9. Rifle Love (feat. Tony Toni Tone & Lucy Pearl)

10. Chic (feat. Teedra Moses)

11. I Want You Back (feat. Teedra Moses)

12. I Love Her

13. Grown Folks

14. Save Us

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Track List: Instant Vintage

1. Doing What I Can

2. Body Parts

3. Be Here

4. Still Ray

5. OPH

6. You're The One That I Like

7. Excuse Me

8. Charlie Ray

9. Different Ray

10. Tick Tock

11. People

12. Tek #1

13. Faithful

14. Make My Day

15. Blind Man

16. Tek #2

17. Uptown

18. What's Life Like

19. Skyy, Can You Feel Me

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Track List: Good Man (Radio Single)

1. Good Man

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Track List: It's A Shame (CD Single)

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Track List: Stone Rollin' (Radio Single)

1. Stone Rollin'

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s1ladyk
Pure Musical Genius
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Ghostface hi who are you
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I just love me some Raphael Saadiq. Oh how I would love to meet him.......oh my
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love love havent heard the song in awhile but still in love with the music
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Enjoy this man's music so much...wheth e r in a group or solo, his voice is beautiful!
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That Motown / Philly sound in a contemporary way is dynamite!
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Man YOU ARE TRULY A AMAZING GIFT FROM ABOVE!!!����
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Love it but never heard I think I did but forgot������
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Yeeeeees! I want to be kissed there.... Unmm!
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My forever crush
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Real music... Lovvvvveee this songggggg
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COOL FRENCHY

Beautiful, groovy slow funk. Powerful. Good for the head, OUTTASITTE for romance.
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Raphael Saadiq....ta l e n t e d & underated
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PEACE FRENCHY

EYE LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! It's got otherworldly qualities. That mellow trippy, psychedelic quality that brings me back. Beautiful well sung intelligent emotionally charged lyrics.
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It's so very very very wonderful 2 be able 2 c sum 1 that I grew up with from the neighborhood be so dedicated 2 his art & successful:- D
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It's time to bring back tony,Toni,to n ' e . a n d put them in unsung...
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I love him❤❤❤❤
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moses_quiana
Love anything Raphael....
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Been one of my favorite songs for a long time.
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love this always lol
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Throwback
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The horns on this. OMG!
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junegemini44
❤️❤️❤️
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This is a really good song with a nice message.
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qw_1908
Love this...
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Man this is when music was music and all this violence wasn't thought about straight love in the air those were the days
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Omg this song does something to me!!:-) "Especially there and there"
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Raphael saadiq is a legend before his time .....real talk
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Kissing u is not enough for me I'm big boy love this song!!!!
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Love dat voice Raphael
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I JUST LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!
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I can say toni ,toni, toni I hear it daily.Glad he did this song again.At least he knows good music when he hears it.
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Rafael is so underated.
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This me and rhonda carter song i miss her rip baby
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walksinwater 7
If anyone has adopted thr classic R&B style Raphael Saadiq has, thank God!
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annvaughn79
Needed this... Wish I could see him in concert
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I like how he did its a shame,the spinners song..great job Raphael.
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Smooth
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db_rollin64
Blind Man...is such a great song!!
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Super Artist love anything he does ray ray
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I LUV THIS OLD SCHOOL FEEL ALBUM...GREA T JOB!!
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That's the song you think of your baby,a dam great song
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Never heard this song Never Give You Up. Wow real nice. Raphael is gonna be a new fav
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Damm I hear this song I miss my baby dammmmmm
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So so perfect song love jams
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His music is astronomical l y inclined... He makes me forget I live on this planet, I love it!!!!
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Groovy
LOVE'S Disciple*978 * ~ 6 m 1 4 y ~
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Simply Beautiful.
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Nice sound!!!
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