Music video by Raphael Saadiq performing Be Here. (C) 2002 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Instant Vintage is the debut solo album of American R&B and neo soul musician Raphael Saadiq. It serves as Saadiq's first full-length solo album after spending much of his post-Tony! Toni! Toné! career as session player and producer. Primarily a neo soul album, it also exhibits musical styles such as funk and quiet storm. The title reflects the old-school style that Saadiq has adopted for the album. However, he describes the type of music — a mix of samples, soul, gospel, and R&B — as "gospedelic".
The album earned him his first Grammy nominations, for Best R&B Album, while "Be Here" was nominated for Best R&B Song and Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2003. It reached number 25 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
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