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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.

Customer Reviews

This is the Epiphany of R and B!!!!!

Oh My Goodness!!!! This album is lyrically Genius!!!!! The Metaphors are BANANAS!!!! I Pre-Ordered the Deluxe Love and War Masterpiece I feel like this album has taken my "Mental Virginity"!!!!!! He reminds me so much of Marvin Gaye!!! He can Bring the sexiness like "Microphone" "XOXO" "B.O.B" "Garden of Love" but can also bring the social awareness of "Revelation 2010" "Bulletproof" "Nobody wins the War" 'Soldier Story"...GREAT JOB RAHEEM!!! I HAVE ALWAYS AND WILL CONTINUE BEING A SUPPORTER OF YOUR MUSIC!!!!!YOU DESERVE A GRAMMY FOR THIS!!!!

A Masterpiece Indeed!

Lyrically Raheem DeVaughn is the greatest male R&B artist out right now, and this album proves that very fact. If you do not purchase the deluxe version of this album, just know that you are missing out on what is sure to become known as one of the greatest R&B albums of our era. DeVaughn does not rely on any image, gimmick, or guest appearances to support this work of art, only pure, unadulterated, passion and creativity. Every track is noteworthy; however, Garden of Love, Black & Blue, and Microphone stand out at first listen. So go ahead and click "Buy Album." Support real artists.

This CD is Hot

Thank you Raheem for putting out another classic. This is real music at it's finest. And Dr. Cornell West is the best new hype man I've heard in 20years. If you want real talent, lyrics, and musicianship, this CD is for you.


Born: May 5, 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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