Behind the Groove with Raphael Saadiq


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When you put the words "musical" and "genius" together there are a few artists who should immediately come to mind: Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Prince. However, there is another artist who is sometimes overlooked but just as worthy of inclusion into this pantheon of greatness: Raphael Saadiq. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, businessman and visionary who has touched every musical genre from R&B, to soul, to pop, to hip hop, to neo-soul with nothing less than stellar results.

As a member of the groups Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl, Raphael has created a cavalcade of iconic hits, but where he really tends to shine is on his solo material. Nowhere is this better heard than on his latest album, The Way I See It. This disc is a throwback to the Motown sound, and he is one of the few artists to get it right. And boy does he get it right on The Way I See It, which is his best work to date.

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Listen to this edition of Behind the Groove to find out about why he chose to record a classic soul-sounding record, his creative process behind The Way I See It, how he got Stevie Wonder on this record and which group may be making a return. According to Raphael, "Music lives inside of me." Yes it does.

Behind the Groove with Raphael Saadiq

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Click here to download the interview [Subscribe via iTunes]

Podcast playlist below. All songs by Raphael Saadiq unless noted.

"Love That Girl"

"Slow Wine" - Tony! Toni! Toné!

"Oh Girl"

"It Never Rains (In Southern California)" - Tony! Toni! Toné!

"Love That Girl"

"Never Give You Up"

"Anniversary" - Tony! Toni! Toné!

"Big Easy"

"I Wanna Dance Tonight" - Lucy Pearl

"Love That Girl"

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