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For Raphael Saadiq, a musician's work is never done

For Raphael Saadiq, a musician's work is never done

Musical equipment of all kinds fills Raphael Saadiq’s sprawling, carefully appointed studio complex on a nondescript industrial street in North Hollywood.

But in addition to the racks of keyboards and the leopard-print bass — just some of the gear this veteran R&B artist uses to create his music — two classic cars were parked in the high-ceilinged space on a recent afternoon: a vintage gold Mustang and a wood-paneled Ford station wagon that might’ve rolled straight off the set of “The Brady Bunch.”

Asked if he drove the vehicles or if they were just there to look pretty, Saadiq scoffed. “They’re made for driving, not sitting around,” he replied with a sly grin.

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