It’s been eight years since GRAMMY Award®-winning musician, songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq released a solo album. Now, the king of neo-soul is back with Jimmy Lee, his most personal, authentic and uplifting record to date—inspired by his brother’s struggles with addiction.
Saadiq is “a towering figure in the R&B of the last 30 years” (Variety). He started out as a teenage bassist in Sheila E.’s backing band on tour with Prince, then rocketed to stardom with his R&B trio Tony! Toni! Toné!.
With his renowned creative vision and encyclopedic knowledge of pop, Saadiq has long been a go-to collaborator for the biggest names in music, including Solange Knowles, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo, Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, Little Dragon, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga.
He’ll be joined by special guest Thundercat, GRAMMY® Award winner for his appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, singer and songwriter Jamila Woods, and DJ Duggz.
“Like his mentor Prince, Saadiq uses melody and space beautifully over radio-friendly rhythms, slipping between genres with authority and authenticity.”
“Saadiq’s fifth and, quite possibly, strongest solo album still carries threads of the smooth R&B, holistic soul, slithering funk, and early-era rock guitars.”