Unlike previous releases, Sons of Soul was entirely produced by Raphael Saadiq, Timothy Christian Riley, and D'Wayne Wiggins, otherwise known as Tony! Toni! Toné! Released in 1993, the album received tons of critical praise and clamped onto the Billboard 200 for a staggering 43 weeks, eventually earning double Platinum status by the Recording Industy Association of America. Monster singles like "(Lay Your Head On My) Pillow," "If I Had No Loot," and "Anniversary" all charted and solidified the group as the hottest proprietors of the '90s R&B sound that dominated airwaves at the time.
The album was mostly written and recorded in Trinidad, and intended to pay homage to '70s soul and funk, which the crewmembers grew up on. There are currents of Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield throughout, but so are nods to hip-hop with the infusion of scratches and sample collages on specific tracks. The vibe is flirtatious and smooth with top-notch production, aided by colorful instrumentation and samples. Even with the album's reception, the group parted ways after its release (and eventually re-united). It's an enormous feat for a completely self-written, self-produced album to garner the critical and commercial success Sons of Soul did. Sons of Soul is available on limited edition 2LP vinyl.
A1. "If I Had No Loot"
A2. "What Goes Around Comes Around"
A3. "My Ex-Girlfriend"
A4. "Tell Me Mama"
B2. "Slow Wine"
B3. "(Lay Your Head On My) Pillow"
C1. "I Couldn't Keep It To Myself"
C2. "Gangsta Groove"
C3. "Tonyies! In The Wrong Key"
C4. "Dance Hall"
D1. "Times Square 2:30 A.M. (Segue)"