COVER STORY | May 14 marks the 55th birthday of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Raphael Saadiq. Since his introduction as one-third of multiplatinum band, Tony! Toni! Toné!, to supergroup Lucy Pearl, to a successful solo career, Saadiq has remained on the frontline of the Neosoul movement as its greatest treasure and its most indestructible weapon. One doesn’t last in the industry without transformation and adaptation, yet Saadiq gracefully prevails while remaining true to the root of soul music.
We salute the soul-blazer with some of his finest contributions to 90’s rhythm & blues.
Tony! Toni! Toné! – Anniversary
Tony! Toni! Toné! – It Never Rains (In Southern California)
Tony! Toni! Toné! – Lay Your Head On My Pillow
Raphael Saadiq – Ask of You
D’Angelo – Lady
Total – Kissing You
Tony! Toni! Toné! – Let’s Get Down
The Roots – What They Do
Lucy Pearl – Dance Tonight