Tribute Mixes

Tribute to Raphael Saadiq – Selected by Russ Ryan

Hip-Hop Soul

“Raphael Saadiq is the Neo Soul and R&B producer, arranger and songwriter of a generation, yet criminally unsung. I simply wanted to shine a light on known, and some unknown, involvement of his in music over the years, from uptempo Soul of his own to his signature Two Step sound.

Raphael’s solo work needs no introduction, having redefined his sound over the years, remaining consistently current without loosing his era-defining, Soulaquarian-Neo-Soul feel. But his work with others artists is fascinating, linch-pinning so many killer R&B records whilst remaining forever background and humble.

There is a fascinating story told by Solange Knowles, of a misplaced Saadiq beat CD which eventually lead to the makings of the Grammy Award winning ‘Cranes In The Sky’ (told on Song Exploder, 2017). The Grammy captures Raphael’s nature perfectly, by not attending and opting out of the limelight.

‘I’ve been fortunate to work with both a Mick Jagger and a Kendrick Lamar, I’ve seen all sides. In terms of legacies, I just want people to look at the way I put music together and say he was a bad, bad man… But if they say nothing, I’m happy with that too.’ (Raphael Saadiq, Hobbs / Quietus, 2017)

In an age of pop superstars and egos, it’s heartwarming seeing someone who’s intrinsic to the music we love, so down to earth. For the heads, there is an obvious exemption of any Ummah records, of which Raphael was an occasional member, however with exact individual involvement on each Ummah record such a grey area, that tribute mix alone is best saved for another time…”
Russ Ryan

TRACKLIST

Mary J Blige – So Lady | Co-Songwriter: Raphael Saadiq
Erykah Badu – Love Of My Life | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq – Be Here | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
The Roots – What They Do Featuring | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
A Tribe Called Quest – Stressed Out (Raphael Saadiq’s Mix)
Lucy Pearl – Without You | Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Total – Kissin You | Bass, Guitar, Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq – Ask Of You | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Tony! Toni! Toné! – Thinking Of You | Producer: Raphael Saadiq
D’angelo – Lady | Co-Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq – Still Ray | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Rick Ross – Apple Of My Eye (Feat. Raphael Saadiq)
Solange – Cranes In The Sky | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
TLC – So Dumb | Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq – Get Involved | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Q Tip – We Fight / Love | Executive Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Solange – Junie | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq – Sky Can You Feel Me | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Little Dragon – Peace Of Mind | Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Lucy Pearl – You | Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq – Big Easy | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Lucy Pearl – Don’t Mess With My Man | Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq – Staying In Love | Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq
D’angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel) | Co-Songwriter & Producer: Raphael Saadiq

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