Formed label Pookie Entertainment and began producing and creating solo albums
Changed his last name to Saadiq, meaning `man of his word` in Arabic to differentiate himself from his brother Dwayne
Formed the soul band Tony, Toni, Tone with brother and cousin
Changed name from Ray Wiggins to Raphael when he began playing bass for Sheila E and Prince on their tour
``I think every artist pays homage to something since we're all inspired by something, and I was inspired by great music, not just Motown, but all the Isleys records, all the Stax records. And I'm definitely inspired by a lot of reggae music...you name it, from Jimmy Cliff to Bob (Marley). All of them have some type of reference that you can hear from the Baptist church or gospel to blues and Albert King.``- interview on Huffington Post, Aug. 17, 2009
Got his big break as a backup musician for Prince and the Revolution.