Raphael Saadiq: “Don’t Wear It On Your Sleeve”
Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Raphael Saadiq has been on the music scene for much of his life. The now 48-year-old toured with Prince in his late teens, started the hit-making trio Toni, Tony, Tone’ at the age of 21 and has produced hits for TLC, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo and John Legend. But looking at Raphael’s childhood, you would think he would have went down a different path.
Saadiq was born in Oakland, California, the second-youngest of 14 siblings and half-siblings. His early life was marked by tragedy; he experienced the deaths of several of his siblings as a young child. When Saadiq was seven years old, his brother was murdered. One of his brothers overdosed on heroin and another committed suicide because he was unable to deal with his addiction to the drug. His sister died as a result of a car crash during a police chase in a residential neighborhood. Saadiq states that he does not want his music to be reflective of the tragedies he experienced, saying that “And through all of that I was makin’ records, but it wasn’t comin’ out in the music. I did it to kinda show people you can have some real tough things happen in your life, but you don’t have to wear it on your sleeve.”
Now Raphael’s life is all about positive vibes and creating a positive daily routine. Here’s some of Raphael’s outward routines to keep him looking healthy.
“I use a lot of coconut oil on my skin. And I like to have some type of natural deodorant. I’m using the Arm & Hammer baking soda one right now, but it’s the natural one. There are different kinds.”
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