Raphael Saadiq is responsible for many hits, and he has revealed that the song he wrote for Beyoncé – “Cough It” – was not for her at all.
The singer and prolific songwriter gave an extensive interview vulture on Friday (September 22), where he revealed that the smash track was originally for his recently reunited group Tony! Tony! Tone!
“I haven’t been on the Renaissance tour, but I’ve seen the challenges online,” he said in the interview, referring to the song’s viral challenges. “That record was going to be a Tonys record, the part that sounds exactly like that (mimics the ‘Cuff It’ guitar riff). But I gave it to a friend of mine and said, ‘I’ve got this record .I was going to do it, but what about Beyoncé?”
He continued: “She’s one of those people where if she feels like it, she’s into it 100 percent. I said, ‘This is going to inspire people.’ It’ll work, I’m telling you.’ I think he just put it away. From what I heard, The-Dream finally got it. And he was like, ‘What is that?!’
“I already knew it was one of those joints. I always say, if you drop the right music on an artist, he can go, but I’m glad he has so many eyes on him, you know what I mean? You can’t really trick people; “it should be fine.”
Watch the song below:
In July 2022, Beyoncé released her full list of songwriting credits renaissanceAnd the list of collaborators included her husband Jay-Z, The-Dream, Hit-Boy, Raphael Saadiq, Boi-1da, No ID, Mike Dean, The Neptunes, Lucky Daye and more.
As far as Sadiq is concerned, I have announced that Tony! Tony! Tone! They got back together in June after a long hiatus and the group is currently on the road to celebrate their reunion.
Saadiq, who teased the reunion in March, took to Instagram to announce the group’s Just Me & You Tour, the trio’s first tour in more than 25 years.
The California R&B group debuted in Birmingham, Alabama on September 21 and will head through New York City, Chicago, Nashville, and Los Angeles before closing on November 14 at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California, and The Masonic in San Francisco. On 17th November.
“I have always wanted to put my family back together,” Sadiq said in a statement. “Playing with the Tonys again is a thank you to the fans, Super Tonyans, for supporting all my musical endeavors. Without the people who were with us from day one, where would I be? But the main reason is that’s what my dad, Charlie Wiggins, would have wanted – to see me, D’Wayne and Tim play together again.