Before Raphael Saadiq steps into the Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles this Saturday, March 26, for Red Bull Live Sessions (a live performance you can watch free online) we decided to take a trip back into time and list out our favorite Raphael songs, dating back from his Tony! Toni! Toné! days.
This R&B legend got his start touring with Prince at the tender age of 18 and would hit the mainstream as a member of Tony! Toni! Toné! in the late '80s. Since then, the Grammy award winner has left a diverse trail of music infused with old-school soul both as an artist and a producer, capping it off with his latest album and his fourth studio release "Stone Rollin."
5. Raphael Saadiq - Ask of You (1995)
Having peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the U.S. R&B chart, “Ask of You” proved to be Saadiq’s biggest hit as a solo artist and a staple on the Valentine’s Day playlist of many.
4. Tony! Toni! Toné! – Feels Good (1990)
This new jack swing track spent two weeks at number one on the US R&B chart and was the group’s first top-ten hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart peaking at number nine. It also conjures up memories of a time when every man wore an oversized mustard colored blazer.
3. Tony! Toni! Toné! & DJ Quik – Let’s Get Down (1996)
Overshadowed by “The Macarena” which spent fourteen weeks on the top spot, the “Let’s Get Down” is arguably one of the more underrated songs of 1996 peaking at a modest #30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.
2. Raphael Saadiq – Good Man (2011)
From Saadiq’s forthcoming album, “Good Man” is an instant classic meshing elements of raw, old school soul with rock & roll inspiration. Not only is the song worth pressing the repeat button on your iPod, but the video is especially worth watching as it exposes the story of two lovers falling apart. The video features the dramatics of Chad Coleman of ‘The Wire’ and season three’s ‘America’s Next Top Model’ runner-up Yaya DaCosta.
1. Raphael Saadiq & Q-Tip – Get Involved (1999)
Originally released on “The PJ’s” soundtrack, Saadiq teamed up with the smooth rap vocalist Q-Tip to deliver a dynamic one-two punch on the track “Get Involved." The track was also solely produced by the duo. To this day the song remains in rotation on dance floors, radio stations and even at the dinner table.
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