Neil Drumming
October 08, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Raphael Saadiq as Ray Ray

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Raphael Saadiq
Producers
Pookie

We gave it an A-

On his second solo studio effort, Raphael Saadiq as Ray Ray Saadiq epitomizes the ”grown and sexy” vibe. Casting himself as a puckish blaxploitation-era player, the former Tony! Toni! Toné! fronter woos honeys from Detroit to Houston with enough midtempo dance grooves to make R. Kelly seem out of step. While his songwriting game can get amateur — ”I love the way you’re turning it on/That’s why I’m writing this song” — Saadiq’s bass virtuosity is strictly pimp caliber.

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