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Take a Trip to Raheem DeVaughn’s Loveland

Happy Valentine's Day, kids! If you're single, chances are you're cursing the day, or at least whispering positive affirmations: "I'm fine by myself," "I'm in love with me," and so on. Or if you're in a relationship, you might be scrambling to buy that last-minute gift or get to Hallmark before it closes (I'll probably see you there).

Either way, DMV crooner Raheem Devaughn has got you covered. Released today, his Destination Loveland mixtape is a solid soundtrack to your Valentine's evening. The 14-track project, hosted by Snoop Dogg, is easily DeVaughn's most focused and ambitious mixtape to date, full of greasy soul jams and rousing R&B. "Dooms Day" is a break-up song that repurposes James Blake's "The Wilhelm Scream" using crashing drums and DeVaughn's light falsetto. The upbeat "Forever" features standout verses from DeVaughn protege Phil Ade and former Floetry vocalist Marsha Ambrosius.

Destination Loveland serves as an appetizer for Devaughn's forthcoming album, A Place Called Loveland, due out this spring or summer, he says on the mixtape's outro. DatPiff has the mixtape. Download it, and let the love-making commence. Or not.

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