Raphael Saadiq's baby-makin' music makes Boyz II Men look like erectile dysfunction R&B gimps. After Boyz II Men's doucheus maximus retooling of the Motown sound, Saadiq's new record The Way I See It updates the Holland–Dozier–Holland paradigm without bowing to the altar of commercialism.
Consider Boyz II Men's Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA (hyuk!) to be the Now That's What I Call Music of the Motown canon to Saadiq's Oxford American.
With crackling 45 vinyl loops, Saadiq's buttery baritone glides over funky-ass grooves:
YouTube–Raphael Saadiq "Big Easy"
Lawd have mercy!