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Album Review

Emboldened by Love Behind the Melody's crossover success, involving a Top Ten spot on the Billboard 200, a BET Award, and two Grammy nominations, Raheem DeVaughn grants his third album a title that sounds (but does not necessarily look) arrogant. Despite the wordplay, DeVaughn did not mess around when it came to recording a set befitting a title as grand as The Love & War MasterPeace. There are plenty of love songs, naturally, and most of them are imaginative and excellent. Even when they slip into clever foolishness, as on “B.O.B.” — in which the protagonist testifies the many reasons why he would be preferable to a specific device — they are strong in construction, much more about honoring the woman than the man’s prowess, and DeVaughn’s easy falsetto never sounds self-satisfied. On the socially conscious material, DeVaughn really lays into it all with a dedicated force that is potent musically and lyrically. Subtract Dr. Cornel West's recurring spots as hype man-slash-mood enhancer, and the album would still remain one of the most grippingly conscious major-label R&B albums of the last 30 years, featuring the Curtis Mayfield-channeling (and sampling) “Bulletproof,” an alluringly morose opener, and the startling 13 minutes that make up the closers “Nobody Wins a War” (despite involving the input of nearly a dozen of DeVaughn’s contemporaries, it is no wreck) and “Revelations 2010” (assisted by Damian Marley and a chorus of “They’re out to bury me, they’re out to bury you/And all you can do is arm yourself”). An expanded version adds over 45 minutes to the program, making the album clock in at nearly two hours. DeVaughn stretches out on the meditative “Soldier Story,” inspired by a friend who returned from Iraq without legs, and “Lose Control,” an 11-minute robo-funk workout. Most of these songs — especially “Wing and a Prayer,” featuring UGK’s Bun B and a spine-tingling chorus — should not be considered merely bonus content.

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Raheem - "The New D'Angelo"

Oh yeah baby! The UK got the real deal. The deluxe edition which offers two DE-LUXURY tracks! The first up is "Calling Me" which is a beautiful reminiscence of Leon Ware's "Come Live With Me Angel" from his 1995 "Taste The Love" album. The second luxurious track from this set is a true surprise - "Lose Control"! And that is what exactly it is - a suprise party jam supreme! If you can be patient for the first 4 minutes of this track what will follow is the finest cocktail of funk and dance/garage/auto-tune. "Lose Control" has seriously sick bass riffs with slick and seductive wah-wah guitar riffs to match which of course will ensure there is murder on the dancefloor. Oh yeah - "Lose Control" is a killer it will seriously burn this disco out! To conclude - all I can say is: Marvin did it with "What's Goin' On", D'Angelo did it with "Brown Sugar" and now Raheem DeVaughn does it with "The Love & War MasterPeace". Need I say more!


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Born: 05 May 1975 in Newark, NJ

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The son of jazz cellist Abdul Wadud, Maryland-based R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn kicked his career into gear with a series of independent releases, aided in part by the cash reward earned from winning a talent contest. Jive became interested, signed him, and released The Love Experience in June 2005. The album peaked within the Top 50 of the Billboard 200 album chart, with the singles "You" and "Guess Who Loves You More" regularly spun on some of the more adventurous R&B stations across the U.S....
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