Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on MadameNoire July 14, 2014.
I’ve been a huge fan of Raphael Saadiq for years. From his Tony! Toni! Tone! days, to his solo efforts like Ray Ray and Instant Vintage, he can do no wrong in my eyes. Plus, aside from having an awesome voice and playing a mean guitar, he’s behind some of my favorite R&B/soul/neo-soul joints over the years. He’s worked with just about everyone, and there hasn’t been a song he’s contributed his talents to that I haven’t appreciated. Here are just a few of his many musical contributions to your ears.
Untitled (How Does It Feel) by D’Angelo
This isn’t the first time Saadiq and D’Angelo made magic together (but I’ll let you click through to find out the other time). The hit song that was the lead single from the critically acclaimed Voodoo album was co-written and co-produced by Saadiq. He plays bass guitar on the song, which won a Grammy for Best Male Vocal R&B Performance.