Raphael Saadiq is getting ready to make a return with his fifth solo album after seven years. He’s spent some time producing Solange’s A Seat At The Table album, he is also currently a music composer on HBO’s Insecure and is now looking to draw inspiration from his brother’s passing for the new project.
“Jimmy Lee, that’s my brother’s name, of course. It just never dawned on me that I never really realized my brother’s situation, or how fatal it was,” Saadiq told okayplayer about his brother’s drug overdose in a recent interview.
“I started thinking about it, and I just wanted to make an album about it. I have a lot of friends who have similar issues as my brother. He was a really good friend, so I thought maybe it’s time for me to deal with the subject a little bit.”
Saadiq states how much of the music will sound similar to his previous works, but it will have a darker underlying tone in the songwriting.