Raphael Saadiq has been a staple in R&B and Soul for decades, and on his new project, Jimmy Lee, he proves that he’s not done evolving.

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Jimmy Lee is a dark exploration of addiction, based on Saadiq’s experience losing his brother to a heroin overdose in the 90s. The album’s storytelling and insight evidence that the fragmented pieces of this loss have been bubbling in Saadiq’s gut for years, reaching the point where they come flowing back out as something fully formed – something beautiful, but still painful and disturbing.

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