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Raphael Saadiq Jimmy Lee

Jim calls Raphael Saadiq one the most important, if underappreciated, artists in r&b over the past several decades. He first emerged in the 1980s with r&b band, Tony! Toni! Toné! What followed beginning in the late 1990s was a series of solo albums and productions for the likes of Stevie Wonder and Solange. Now, Raphael Saadiq is back, after an eight-year hiatus, with what Greg calls his most“autobiographical”album to date, Jimmy Lee. Named after Raphael's brother who died tragically in the 1990s after years of addiction, the album delves into the toll of drug abuse. Greg says there is no album in Saadiq's extensive catalogue that resembles Jimmy Lee. It's“like he's channeling ghosts”in songs like "So Ready" and "Sinners Prayer," Greg suggests, noting that Saadiq is "enacting a role of a drug addict going through the throes of addiction". Jim says this album channels the“catharsis through confessionals”found in Marvin Gaye's Here My Dear. He adds that Jimmy Lee also channels the“clouds hanging over the African-American community”in the tradition of Sly & The Family Stone's There's A Riot Going On. Jim concludes that Jimmy Lee is a masterpiece.

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