In 1984, shortly before his 18th birthday, Saadiq heard about tryouts in San Francisco for Sheila E.'s backing band on Prince's Parade Tour. In the mid-1990s, he adopted the last name Saadiq, which means "man of his word" in Arabic. In 1999, Saadiq's next big project became the R&B supergroup Lucy Pearl.
At the audition, he chose the name "Raphael", and had difficulty remembering to respond to the name when he heard that he got the part to play bass in the band. His change of surname led many to speculate that he had converted to Islam at that point; in reality, Saadiq is not a Muslim, but rather just liked the way "Saadiq" sounded and changed his last name simply to distinguish himself from and avoid potential confusion with his brother, Dwayne Wiggins. would become major R&B superstars throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. He recorded the self-titled album with Dawn Robinson (En Vogue) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest). Also in 1999, he collaborated with rapper Q-Tip on the single "Get Involved", from the animated television series The PJs.
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." At the age of 12, he joined a group called "The Gospel Humminbirds". , along with his brother Dwayne Wiggins, and his cousin Timothy Christian.
Tha Boogie's first EP was released on i Tunes and is titled Love Tha Boogie, Vol. In 2009, Saadiq announced his video game development company called Ill Fonic.
The first video game in development by Ill Fonic is titled Ghetto Golf, with an expected release late in 2010.
Music from The Way I See It was featured in the following motion pictures: Madea Goes To Jail, Bride Wars, Cadillac Records, Secret Life of Bees, In Fighting (Rogue), and It's Complicated.
Touring with a nine piece band, Saadiq hit the 2009 summer music festival circuit with performances at Bonnaroo, Hollywood Bowl, Outside Lands, Pori Jazz, Stockholm Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz, Essence Music Festival, Summer Spirit Festival, and Nice Jazz Festival, Bumbershoot Music Festival and Austin City Limits.
In 2007, Saadiq produced Introducing Joss Stone, the third album of British soul singer Joss Stone. Gabriel Boylan of The New York Observer, "he's produced artists including Macy Gray, the Roots, D'Angelo, John Legend, Whitney Houston, Mary J. With all of them he's pushed a classic aesthetic, heavy on organic sounds and light on studio magic, deeply indebted to the past and distrustful of easy formulas." Saadiq's third solo album, The Way I See It, released on Columbia Records on September 16, 2008, available in a collector's edition box set of 7" 45 rpm singles as well as on traditional CD, was critically well-received, made several critics' 2008 best albums lists, and garnered three Grammy nominations including Best R&B Performance by a Duo Or Group With Vocals (for "Never Give You Up", featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ Hilton); Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance (for "Love That Girl") and Best R&B Album for The Way I See It.In 2002, he released his first solo album Instant Vintage, which earned him three Grammy Award nominations in addition to another two Grammy nominations for his writing work on “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)” the following year.He released a two-disc live album All the Hits at the House of Blues in 2003, and his second studio album Ray Ray in 2004, both on Pookie Entertainment.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.In 2009, Saadiq teamed up Bentley Kyle Evans, Jeff Franklin, Martin Lawrence, and Trenten Gumbs to create a new sitcom called Love That Girl! Raphael is an executive producer and composer for Love That Girl! The show airs on TV One and debuted on January 19, 2010.