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Raheem DeVaughn

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Raheem DeVaughn has proven that post-millennial R&B artists can be traditional and progressive at once and achieve commercial longevity without concessions to pop radio. The singer, songwriter, and producer paid his dues in Washington, D.C.'s music scene and was showcased on DJ Jazzy Jeff's The Magnificent (2002) a few years before he debuted on the Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart with "Guess Who Loves You More" (2005). Parent album The Love Experience, DeVaughn's first, began a streak of artistically adventurous, Top Ten R&B/hip-hop full-lengths with depth far beneath the singles. Among his subsequent achievements are Grammy nominations for the songs "Woman" (2007) and "Customer" (2008), both off the number five Billboard 200 hit Love Behind the Melody, his second album, as well as a Best R&B Album nomination for LP three, The Love & War MasterPeace (2010). DeVaughn has transitioned out of the major-label system while maintaining his affinity for sprawling, loosely conceptual full-lengths via A Place Called Love Land (2013), Love Sex Passion (2015), and Decade of a Love King (2018), all of which have been issued independently. The son of jazz cellist Abdul Wadud, Raheem DeVaughn was born in Newark, New Jersey and was raised in Maryland, near Washington, D.C. He kicked his career into gear by performing at coffee houses and small clubs in D.C. and by selling CD-R recordings, aided in part by the cash reward from winning a talent contest. DeVaughn gained ground in 2002 with three featured spots on DJ Jazzy Jeff's The Magnificent, as well as contributions to Billy Crawford's Ride and Heather Headley's This Is Who I Am. Signed to the Jive label, DeVaughn issued a promotional single for "Until" the following year, an Isley Brothers-sampling track that showcased his soul-rooted, socially conscious approach to contemporary R&B. The song was produced by early supporters Cliff Jones and Jerry Vines, the latter of whom also became the artist's long-term manager. DeVaughn's first official single, the Kenny Dope-produced "Guess Who Loves You More," entered Billboard's R&B/hip-hop chart in early 2005 and peaked at number 38. Debut album The Love Experience followed that June, reached the Top 50 of the Billboard 200, and began a streak of Top Ten entries on the corresponding R&B/hip-hop chart, aided by second charting single "You," another radio favorite. Love Behind the Melody, DeVaughn's second full-length, arrived in January 2008. Its first single, "Woman," was his biggest hit yet -- number 17 R&B/hip-hop, and number one on the adult R&B chart -- and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. "Customer," a number 12 R&B/hip-hop hit, was nominated the next year for Best R&B Song. Led by the late 2009 single "Bulletproof," featuring Ludacris, The Love & War MasterPeace debuted in March 2010 at number nine on the Billboard 200 and at number three on R&B/hip-hop. Featuring much more socially conscious material than the average contemporary R&B release -- including "Nobody Wins a War," on which DeVaughn was joined by a large ensemble that included cousin Chrisette Michele, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, and Bilal -- it received a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album. By the end of 2012, DeVaughn's own featured appearances numbered in the dozens. His secondary discography reads like a list of favorites from a rap fanatic with a well-defined, all-region aesthetic. Talib Kweli, UGK, Guru, De La Soul, Ghostface Killah, Big K.R.I.T., E-40, and Rapsody are among the artists who he's collaborated with. DeVaughn went independent with A Place Called Love Land. Released in September 2013 on the Mass Appeal label, it nonetheless went Top Ten R&B, like his three preceding LPs, with a high dose of intimate slow jams. After he made a pair of crucial contributions to the Roots' ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, DeVaughn completed his fifth album, Love Sex Passion. It arrived on eOne in February 2015 and spawned the singles "Queen" and "Temperature's Rising," both of which hit the adult R&B chart. Shortly thereafter, DeVaughn and actor/poet/rapper Wes Felton reactivated the CrossRhodes, a long-dormant side project, with the socio-political-minded Footprints on the Moon, their first official album as a duo. DeVaughn resumed solo work with Decade of a Love King, issued in October 2018. Like the CrossRhodes set, it was self-released with support from BMG Rights Management. Months later, at the start of 2019, he released the single "Belongs 2 You" with Rob Hill, Sr., followed by "Just Right." ~ Andy Kellman
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Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Woman
  3.   You
  4.   Believe
  5.   Guess Who Loves You More
  6.   Don't Come Easy
  7.   Just Right
  8.   I Don't Care
  9.   Love Drug
  10.   Love Connection
  11.   Temperature's Rising
  12.   Text Messages
  13.   Until
  14.   The Love Experience
  15.   Bulletproof
  16.   Queen
  17.   B.O.B.
  18.   Customer
  19.   Ask Yourself
  20.   Is It Possible
  21.   Marathon by Floetry
  22.   Mr. Right
  23.   What It Feels Like
  24.   Revelations 2010 by Damian "Junior Gong" Marley
  25.   Countdown To Love
  26.   Bedroom
  27.   Joyful Noise
  28.   Temperature's Rising Act II
  29.   Say the Word
  30.   Wifey
  31.   Strip
  32.   All I Know (My Heart)
  33.   Fire We Make
  34.   Pink Crush Velvet
  35.   Super Hero
  36.   Soldier Story
  37.   Nobody Wins a War
  38.   Lose Control
  39.   Hopeless Romantic
  40.   Garden of Love
  41.   Fragile
  42.   Dr. Cornel West P.S.A.
  43.   Dr. Cornel West Outro
  44.   Calling Me
  45.   Interlude: Rebirth
  46.   Breathe
  47.   When Its Real
  48.   Another Round
  49.   That Way Act I
  50.   Terms of Endearment
  51.   XXX
  52.   Primetime
  53.   Greatest Love
  54.   In the Meantime
  55.   Interlude: Don't Go
  56.   Interlude
  57.   XOXO
  58.   Wing and a Prayer
  59.   My Wife
  60.   Four Letter Word
  61.   Empty
  62.   She's Not You
  63.   Midnite - Interlude
  64.   Woman I Desire by Malik Yusef
  65.   Friday (Shut the Club Down)
  66.   Energy by Big Boi
  67.   Interlude: Happy
  68.   Maker of Love
  69.   Some Kind of Way
  70.   Make Em Like You
  71.   Black Ice Cream
  72.   Infiniti
  73.   Can We Try Again?
  74.   Nothing Without You
  75.   Energy
  76.   Roses
  77.   Reverse
  78.   #BFF
  79.   Love Sex Passion
  80.   Feather Rock Lovin' featuring Boney James
  81.   Never Never Land
  82.   When You Love Somebody by The Illadelph Horns
  83.   Pretty Lady by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
  84.   Welcum 2 Love, Sex & Passion (Intro)
  85.   Rebirth
  86.   It Won't Stop
  87.   Something
  88.   Ridiculous
  89.   Wrong Forever
  90.   Can We Make Up
  91.   The Greatness
  92.   Try Again
  93.   Butterflies
  94.   Hello Love...
  95.   Thank You
  96.   Green Leaves
  97.   Cadillac
  98.   Catch 22
  99.   The Voice (Intro)
  100.   Who
  101.   Where I Stand
  102.   Roses by Yahzarah
  103.   You Aint Let Me Down Yet
  104.   Up for Air
  105.   Baby Come Back
  106.   Miss Your Sex
  107.   Sex
  108.   Cume Again
  109.   Them Slick
  110.   Pinkberry
  111.   Sweet Tooth
  112.   Come Together
  113.   U.O.E.N.O. (What Its Made For) by Phil Ade'
  114.   Good Love
  115.   Love King
  116.   Dont Be Scared featuring Garcia Vegas
  117.   Make a Baby
  118.   Cry Baby
  119.   Interlude: Dear Love Queen
  120.   Complicated
  121.   Microphone
  122.   Dr. Cornel West Intro
  123.   Desire
  124.   Potential
  125.   The Struggle
  126.   Whole on a Baby
  127.   Mo Better
  128.   We Are One
  129.   Good Whithout You
  130.   Black & Blue
  131.   I'm Gonna Make U Dance
  132.   Sun Proof Room (50 Shades)
  133.   Belongs 2 You
  134.   Love (I Want to Love Ya)
  135.   The Greatness by Wale
  136.   Bad
  137.   Genius
  138.   Between the Sheets
  139.   Deelishis
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