Los Angeles, CA – The details regarding a new solo album from R&B savant Raphael Saadiq is close to being over, Pitchfork has learned.
An initial cryptic album announcement for the impending body of work came on May 21 when Saadiq uploaded a video on his Instagram with the caption, “The 8 year wait is almost Over ! #Glorytotheveins #jimmylee #Repostthis.”
The album, Jimmy Lee, will release on August 23 Colombia Records and include features from Kendrick Lamar, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (from A Tribe Called Quest) and Brook D’Leau.
This is the storied singer-songwriter’s first solo endeavor since releasing his album, Stone Rollin’, in 2011.
Saadiq first gained notoriety within his platinum-selling group Tony! Toni! Toné! in the late ’80s. Prior to Saadiq’s departure from the group, the trio’s songs, “Feels Good,” “If I Had No Loot” and “Anniversary” all cracked Billboard’s top ten back in the early-1990s.
His solo career blossomed after contributing singles to the soundtracks of Boyz n the Hood and Higher Learning and being a protégé for fellow Oakland singer, Raphael Saadiq.
The Grammy Award winner recently announced the album’s first single, “Something Keeps Calling” and the adjoining six-city U.S. tour on Friday (June 7).
Check out the track list for Jimmy Lee and first single below.
01 Sinners Prayer
02 So Ready
03 This World Is Drunk
04 Something Keeps Calling
05 Kings Fall
06 I’m Feeling Love
07 My Walk
08 Belongs to God
09 Dottie’s Interlude
10 Glory to the Veins
11 Rikers Island
12 Rikers Island Redux