Stone Rollin’ → Raphael Saadiq (2011)
“I call this record Stone Rollin’ because I look back at my career as a journey. It’s all connected. I’m always making sports analogy when I try to explain my time in music. My career is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. I’ve always taken chances with my career. I just wanted to make this record a lot harder, edgier, and a lot more bluesy. I’m a rootsy type of guy, but I still like to be current. When you go to your roots that doesn’t mean you have to alienate yourself from the mainstream. I feel like pop music is just that…popular music. On one of the tracks I say, ‘I’m stone rollin’, throwing the dice on the table with you.’ Like I said, this album definitely has a more blues rock sound. I’ve been listening to people like Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. That music is still around.
Working on Stone Rollin’ was like playing football. I followed my blockers and my blockers are the people that have been around for a long time. If you want to learn and be a pro you learn from the pros. If you want to be an amateur, you learn from the amateurs. No matter what the world says I’m going to listen to the cats that have been around for 40 years. And Stone Rollin’ is just another part of my journey. It’s very gratifying to still be making music after all these years. I’m very pleased. I’ve put in the work. I took the road less traveled.”