Visit this artist's website: SAADIQ is a standard bearer for what folks call ‘old school’ music, a contemporary artist continuing a time-honored tradition that goes back to the ‘60s and ‘70s. through his work as an award-winning producer of such artists as Joss Stone, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, John Legend among many others and his own solo albums, the multi-talented Raphael Saadiq has kept the faith.From his early days as a member of the groundbreaking ‘80s group Tony! “Every record I’ve ever made has had those influences…The Temptations, Al Green, The Four Tops and so on,” Raphael explains from the L. studio where he recorded his latest illustrious work.Since I have my own studio, I was able to perfect it, take my time to make it right.I was able to live with it, day after day and I think that had a lot to do with how the album turned out.Blige, Erykah Badu, John Legend and many more, Saadiq seems to have no problem with consistently contributing to the world of classic R&B.Listen to his lyrics, just feel that passion in his voice. He understands this thing called love, and the way he expresses it is truly a gift for all of us to hear.While other contemporary artists may attempt to emulate the sound and flavor of ‘70s soul music, Raphael Saadiq brings real emotion, real feeling and production values that are simply (to borrow a popular phrase from said decade), right on.
The soulful and alluring voice was familiar, but for the first time it stood alone without the other “Tonyʼs.” Surprisingly, his birth name had been changed, and not only was his first, solo hit born, but “Ask of You” was the official rebirth of a musical legend: Raphael Saadiq.Born in Oakland, CA, Saadiq says that music was all around him since he was a young boy.He started his professional career in 1986 and has been going strong since then.All this is back-story to Introducing, but Stone makes her modern metamorphosis plain on the album's very first track, where football-star-turned-Hollywood-muscle Vinnie Jones blathers on nonsensically about change ("I see change, I embody change, all we do is change, yeah, I know change, we're born to change" and so on and so forth), setting the stage for some surprise, which "Girl They Won't Believe It" kind of delivers, if only because it isn't all that different from what Stone has done before.It's a sprightly slice of Northern soul propelled by a bouncy Motown beat that doesn't suggest a change in direction as much as a slight shift in aesthetic.