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After having swam for hours, months and years in an ocean of neo-vintage soul, Raphael Saadiq is back with a more “modern” and above all personal agenda. The title of his fifth album (his first after eight years of silence) holds the name of a deceased brother, Jimmy Lee, who died of an overdose in the 90s after having contracted AIDS. Death is an occurrence the Oakland Californian and guru of 90s nu soul has danced with since his childhood, it prematurely claimed the lives of his brothers and sisters. His older brother Alvie was murdered in 1973, Desmond took his own life in 1987 before Sarah was ran over by a police car in hot pursuit in 1990…


At 53 years old, Raphael Saadiq has released a sort of musical introspective examination with this record. A soul record through and through that he hopes will finally eradicate an injustice – that he had never acquired as many awards as D’Angelo – despite his explosive work throughout the years producing for the likes of Solange, Miguel, Joss Stone, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Kelis, Whitney Houston, John Legend and Trombone Shorty. What’s more, the ex-member of Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl displays here what he knows best. A Marvin Gaye/Curtis Mayfield rhythm’n’blues mixed with a more contemporary sound, all in a post nu soul spirit with very nineties sounding rhythms. Saadiq fuses various decades and grooves in order to give birth to music suited to him. He also knows well not abuse features (Kendrick Lamar on Rearview and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest on Riker’s Island), so as to render Jimmy Lee all that more personal… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
Sinners Prayer 00:04:34

Taura Stinson, Composer, Lyricist - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gerry Brown, Recording Engineer - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Rob Bacon, Guitar - Steve Rusch, Recording Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer - Chris Daves, Drums

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
So Ready 00:04:19

Thomas McElroy, Synthesizer - Daniel Crawford, Synthesizer - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gerry Brown, Mixing Engineer - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Brook D'Leau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
This World is Drunk 00:04:24

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - LeMar Carter, Drums - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Dylan Wiggins, Piano - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Something Keeps Calling 00:04:44

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Bacon, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer - Raphael Saadiq feat. Rob Bacon, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Kings Fall 00:02:46

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Dylan Wiggins, Composer, Lyricist - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Sir Dylan, Producer, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
I'm Feeling Love 00:03:04

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Brook D'Leau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
My Walk 00:02:16

Charlie Bereal, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Recording Engineer - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Belongs to God 00:02:05

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer - Reverend E. Baker, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Raphael Saadiq feat. Reverend E. Baker, AssociatedPerformer - Elijah Baker Senior, Composer, Lyricist, Other

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Dottie Interlude 00:00:06

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brook D'Leau, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Glory to the Veins 00:02:05

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Brungardt, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer - Ernest Turner, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Raphael Saadiq feat. Ernest Turner, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Rikers Island (feat. Ali Shaheed Mohammed) 00:03:39

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Ali Shaheed Mohammed, Congas - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gerry Brown, Mixing Engineer - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Brook D'Leau, Producer, Drums - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Kevin Wooten, Producer, Organ, Piano - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Rikers Island Redux 00:02:57

Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Guitar, Executive Producer, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer - Daniel J. Watts, Other, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Raphael Saadiq feat. Daniel J. Watts, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Rearview (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 00:02:28

Charlie Bereal, Guitar - Dave Kutch, Mastering Engineer - Raphael Saadiq, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Executive Producer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jairus Mozee, Guitar - Charles Brungardt, Mixing Engineer - Kendrick Duckworth, Composer, Lyricist - Steve Rusch, Recording Engineer - Hotae Alexander Jang, Recording Engineer - Yancey Richardson, Co-Executive Producer

(P) 2019 Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

After having swam for hours, months and years in an ocean of neo-vintage soul, Raphael Saadiq is back with a more “modern” and above all personal agenda. The title of his fifth album (his first after eight years of silence) holds the name of a deceased brother, Jimmy Lee, who died of an overdose in the 90s after having contracted AIDS. Death is an occurrence the Oakland Californian and guru of 90s nu soul has danced with since his childhood, it prematurely claimed the lives of his brothers and sisters. His older brother Alvie was murdered in 1973, Desmond took his own life in 1987 before Sarah was ran over by a police car in hot pursuit in 1990…


At 53 years old, Raphael Saadiq has released a sort of musical introspective examination with this record. A soul record through and through that he hopes will finally eradicate an injustice – that he had never acquired as many awards as D’Angelo – despite his explosive work throughout the years producing for the likes of Solange, Miguel, Joss Stone, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Rick Ross, Kelis, Whitney Houston, John Legend and Trombone Shorty. What’s more, the ex-member of Tony! Toni! Toné! and Lucy Pearl displays here what he knows best. A Marvin Gaye/Curtis Mayfield rhythm’n’blues mixed with a more contemporary sound, all in a post nu soul spirit with very nineties sounding rhythms. Saadiq fuses various decades and grooves in order to give birth to music suited to him. He also knows well not abuse features (Kendrick Lamar on Rearview and Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest on Riker’s Island), so as to render Jimmy Lee all that more personal… © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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