‘It’s A Shame’ If You Don’t Love This Raphael Saadiq Remake

I have a confession to make: I have developed a serious love jones for Raphael Saadiq. I've always loved his music but a switch got flipped when I saw him in concert for the first time a couple years ago to promote his last album,
The Way I See It, and the fire has stayed lit with each subsequent live show of his that I've caught. This brotha could sing the phone book listings to me as long as he did it in a wifebeater while playing the bass. Mm mm mm. Now that that's out of the way, I am so happy to hear some new music from his corner thanks to this collaboration with Levi's for their Pioneer Sessions where contemporary artists remake classic songs. Previously we've heard Nas remake Slick Rick's "Hey Young World" for the series, and now Raphael takes The Spinners' "It's A Shame" for a spin. He puts a fresh coat of paint onto the Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright and Lee Garrett penned track originally sung by G.C Cameron on lead. Saadiq even taps into his upper register with impressive results. Listen to the remake below, peep the making of video after the bounce and do your duty and download this ditty courtesy of Levi's Pioneer Sessions

After the bounce

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8 Responses

  1. Awesome! That "Young World" remake by Nas is awful though. Just sayin

  2. being that this song came out when i was an itty bitty girl, i remember the original and is one of my very favorites, i was skeptical, and while this is a great that really ralph singing falsetto??? if it is, yeah...if not...that is ok too b/c this sounds great!


  4. The S-A-Double-D-I-Q is the truth..............

  5. I don't think that is Raphael singing Falsetto but would love to know who it is...He sounds great.

  6. Not so much a reworking as an impersonation and not as good as the original. Why bother?

  7. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh RAPHAELLLLLLLLLLL, how i love THEE! Now there's nothing like the original, but this is so fresh as well! Cosign Butta, girrrrrrrrrrl once he gets that Bass guitar in his big ol's OVERWITH....i'm done for....finito.....faint from all the musical giftedness

  8. As far as the higher notes, i don't think that's him; that could be CJ.