Genius – The Sound Of Raphael Saadiq

I was reminded about this mix this afternoon when I logged on to Facebook and saw this great post about how Raphael Saadiq is the most “under appreciated R&B artist of all time”, as stated by Panama Jackson for the very excellent site Very Smart Brothas. And full stop – if you haven’t checked out VBS yet, it’s some of the smartest, wittiest, and most pertinent writing on the internet at the moment.

I’ve been a huge fan of Raphael since as long as I can remember. I was fan since Tony! Toni! Tony!, and when he branched out to form Lucy Pearl alongside A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad and his fellow Oakland native Dawn Robinson of En Vogue it was the “supergroup” that my mind had always wished for. When he continued with his solo career with 2002’s Instant Vintage, it solidified him as one of the GOATs in my mind. Those songs became anthems at The Remedy, my Monday night weekly party with Rich Medina. We were in Philly – of course Raphael’s soulful output resonated with us.

In 2008, when I was living in Brooklyn, I was approached by some members of his team and my homie from Columbia Records. They asked me to put together a mix CD that was to be released in conjunction with the release of his “The Way I See It” album. I was extremely honored to having been asked to undertake this endeavor. And at the same time, I knew that no matter how hard I worked on this mix, there would be no way that it would hold a candle to Raphael’s work, his importance, his impact or legacy. All I could do was to write a love letter to someone who has single-handedly created some of my all time favorite songs.

And that’s not hyperbolic – I look back and I think about some of the songs that have moved me like no other. So many of them have his distinct thumbprint. D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” would not be what it was if it not for Raphael. Solange’s “Cranes In The Sky“? Raphael. The Roots “What They Do?” That’s how Raphael does.

Around that time, I was invited out to meet Raphael. We met on a Wednesday night at the legendary APT, with Rich Medina manning the wheels, the walls sweaty, bodies bumping, Sapporo tall boys being passed around the room. Raphael was dressed impeccably, soaking in the sounds and vibes of that magical room. He was shorter than I expected to be, the giant that he was. But we met, shook hands, spoke a little bit as best we could in a loud social setting, and kept it moving. The greatest most overwhelming impression I got from the meeting was just how warm he was. How comforting it was to stand next to him. Kind of like his music. I finished the mix the next day. I called it “Genius.”

Thanks to the online community for reminding me about this mix, that I had completely forgotten about. I hope you enjoy it. It contains some of his best work from his early days with  & Lucy Pearl, through his later joints. It also includes production, remixes, compositions and appearances by him, including songs by Erykah Badu, Common, The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Joss Stone, Earth Wind & Fire, DJ Quik, D’Angelo, J Dilla, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Total and more… This is a real soulful affair, by one of my favorite artists in the whole wide world, and it was a true labor of love to work on this. I hope you enjoy listening to it, and please feel free to download, share, repost, blog about it, and most of all rock out to it!

Cosmo Baker Presents “Genius: The Sound Of Raphael Saadiq”
Charlie Ray Intro
Raphael Saadiq “Still Ray”
Erykah Badu “Love Of MY Live (An Ode To Hip-Hop) feat. Common”
Raphael Saadiq “Never Give You Up”
Earth Wind & Fire “Work It Out”
Joss Stone “Music feat. Lauryn Hill”
Devin The Dude “Just A Man feat. Raphael Saadiq”
Lucy Pearl “Without You (J Dilla Remix #2)”
Kelis “Marathon”
Raphael Saadiq “I Want You Back feat. Deedra Moses”
Raphael Saadiq “I Want You Back feat. Deedra Moses (DJ B. Cause Vitamin D Blend)”
The Roots “What They Do”
A Tribe Called Quest “Stressed Out (Raphael Saadiq Remix)”
Bizarre “Coming Home feat. Raphael Saadiq & Kuniva”
Raphael Saadiq “Body Parts”
DJ Quik “Well feat. Raphael Saadiq & Mausberg”
Joss Stone “Proper Nice”
Raphael Saadiq “Get Involved feat. Q-Tip”
Raphael Saadiq “Skyy, Can You Feel Me feat. Rosie Kaye (Yam Who? Spiritual Rework)”
Nappy Roots “Leave This Morning”
2Pac “A Crooked Nigga Too (Raphael Saadiq Remix)”
Raphael Saadiq “Big Easy”
Tony! Toni! Toné! “Let’s Get Down feat. DJ Quik”
Raphael Saadiq “Detroit Girl”
Amp Fiddler “Faith”
Lucy Pearl “Don’t Mess With My Man”
Raphael Saadiq “100 Yard Dash”
Raphael Saadiq “Faithful (Disoriental Remix)”
Mashonda “Ask Of You feat. Raphael Saadiq”
Raphael Saadiq “Ask Of You”
Real Live “All I Ask Of You (Commin’ Thru)”
Raphael Saadiq “Be Here feat. D’Angelo”
Total “Kissin’ You”
Snoop Dogg “Waste Of Time”
Jaguar Wright “Free feat. Freeway”
D’angelo “Lady”
Tony! Toni! Toné! “Whatever You Want”
Raphael Saadiq “Oh Girl”

Purple Vibes – All Prince Live Mixes by Mr. Sonny James, DJ Lean Wit It & Cosmo Baker

On Friday April 22nd 2016, Mr. Sonny James, DJ Lean Wit It & Cosmo Baker all got together in a small room in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia and paid a cathartic tribute to the greatest of all time, Prince. There were tears of joy and of sorrow and there was plenty sweat. Here is what we sounded like that night.

Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2016

Songs We Listened To A Lot In 2016 by Skratch Bastid & Cosmo Baker

Once again back it’s the incredible. You already know what it is. We hope. This being our 5th one, and with a title like that, do we really need to tell you what it is? SWLTALI is a series we have grown to look forward to annually. A mix that tells the story of our musical experience ver the past year. New stuff, older stuff; just great music that we played, loved, revisited, shared, and are now sharing again in the form of this carefully curated and mixed 2 hours and 31 minutes. We hope you enjoy these tunes as much as we do, and if you like an artist’s music contained within, find a way to support them.

It seemed that in 2016 (into 2017) there were times when the world seemed to be on the brink of collapsing upon itself, and everything was enveloped in darkness. It’s times like these that we need music the most. Music will help us see our way through that darkness and into the light.

And that’s about it. Push play, and let it ride…

Joey Dosik – The Night Before… (+ Cannonball Adderley speaks)
Andy Shauf – The Magician
Invisible – Ruido de Magia
A Tribe Called Quest – Dis Generation
Anderson Paak – Come Down
Mura Masa – What If I Go?
Mr Eazi & Juls – Shitor
Gilberto GIl – Toda Menina Bahiana (Tahira Re-Edit Edit)
Heidi Leonore – Everybody Loves The Sunshine (The Reflex Edit)
Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranada Edit)
Tinashe – Vulnerable (Pomo Remix)
Chance The Rapper – All Night feat. Knox Fortune (Kaytranada Extended Joint)
DJ Stuart – Re-Work
Housemate – Always Here For You (Stro Elliott Mix)
Maxwell – NoOne (UnCut)
Prince – Little Red Corvette (12” Mix Edit)
Foals – Night Swimmers (Mura Masa Edit)
Bird Peterson – Funky For You
Troyboi – And Wot
Rudimental – Healing feat. Joseph Angel
Aminé – Caroline
Z-Ro – Legendary
Christian Rich – Still feat. Tunji Ige, High Klassified & Kris Bowers
Isaiah Rashad – Wat’s Wrong feat. Kendrick Lamar & Zacari
Andre 3000 – Solo (Interlude)
BADBADNOTGOOD – In Your Eyes feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
Childish Gambino – Redbone
Wings – Arrow Through Me
The Sylvers – What’s It All About
Chronixx – Spanish Town Rocking
Marsha Ambrosius – Have You Ever?
Dennis Brown – Revolution
Cassiano – Onda
Willie Colón & Rubén Blades – Plastico
Mbongwana Star – Malukayi feat. Konono No. 1
Thundercat – Bus In These Streets
Pastor T.L. Barrett – Father Stretch My Hands
Peter Gabriel – Heroes

#SWLTALI16

Artwork by Alex Rhek!

New Mix – WKDU 91.7 FM 2016 Electronic Music Marathon

Each year, WKDU 91.7 FM  holds a 72+ hour mix show marathon to raise money for a partner charity as well as to raise funds for the radio station and this year the charity was for PAWS – the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. I was so happy and honored to have been able to play a role in supporting such a worthy cause for the second year in a row. Thanks to all the hard work of the entire WKDU Philadelphia 91.7FM staff, especially Chris Burrell as well as all the listeners, DJs, donors and supporters for the #2016EMM This year raised $2500 which is enough money to help take care of 100 rescued animals until they find their forever homes – and gave us an opportunity to present them with a BIG ASS CHECK.

I was honored to have been able to play a set for the marathon and here it is for your listening enjoyment. Most of the stuff that I played here in this set is like the kinda stuff that I’m playing these days. I love this stuff.

Cosmo Baker “2016 Electronic Music Marathon WKDU 91.7 FM”
Track List:

Wet “All The Ways (Branches Remix)”
GoldLink “Late Night feat. Masego (Falcons Remix)”
krs. “Falling”
Louis Lastic “Reactions”
Christian Rich “Still feat. Tune Ige, High Classified & Kris Bowers”
Penthouse Penthouse “69 Camaro feat. Bobby Saint”
Tall Black Guy “The Heart Of The Town”
Sam Gellaitry “Long Distance”
Kaytranada “Killa Cats”
TroyBoi & Grandtheft “Sneaky”
Vindata “Own Life feat. Anderson .Paak”
wntr “can’t take it (DJ Pump Edit)”
Stro Elliot “TechStrologic”
Stro Elliot “Mighty Dollar”
Mura Masa “What If I Go?”
Busta Rhymes “Touch It (VANDALIZED EDIT)”
Mr. Carmack “Chillin’ With Girlfriend”
Tinashe “Vulnerable (Pomo Edit)”
GoldLink “Palm Trees (Motez Remix)”
Busta Rhymes “What It’s Gonna Be feat. Janet Jackson (Kaytranada Edition)”
Travis Scott “SDP (Sammy Bananas Bootleg)”
Bird Peterson “Funky For U Pt. 1: Common”
Foals “Night Swimmers (Mura Masa Edit)”
Full Crate “Bando (Refix)”
Full Crate “Yeah”
Beyoncé “XO (Full Crate Edit)”
Drake “With You feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR”
Jabair “Give U”
Sango “Baile Somebody”
The Eaton Canyon Royal Ensemble “The Beautiful Ones”
The Club Casa Chamber Orchestra “Get Free”

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    DJ Stuart "Re-Work V2"
    Wet "All The Ways" (Branchez Remix)
    De La Soul "Beautiful Night"
    Phife "Nutshell"
    With You "Ghost" feat. Vince Staples (Major Lazer Remix)
    Tall Black Guy "The Heart Of The Town"
    KRNE "I'll Be Good"
    Hoodboi "Closer"
    Drake "With You" Feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR
    Christopher Cross "Ride Like The Wind" (Joey Negro Dub Disco Mix)

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    Club Cheval "Discipline"
    Mura Masa "What If I Go"
    Kate Bush "Why Should I Love You?"

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