Posts Tagged ‘Raheem Devaughn’

One Track Mind: Raheem DeVaughn’s “Queen”

The piano-driven R&B track was inspired by a request from Aretha Franklin.

Raheem DeVaughn on D.C.’s Entertainment Industry and Music’s “New Civil Rights Movement”

"R&B is definitely diluted. We’re in the most ratched period of R&B music ever...Far too many times, we accept what we shouldn’t instead of fighting for what we deserve."

On Empire Falls, SmCity Debunks Local Rap Myths

"Wanna know the music bidness biggest challenge? Nobody gives a fuck about a nigga's talent."

Raheem DeVaughn’s New Mixtape Should Come With a Box of Condoms

It doesn't take long for Raheem DeVaughn to state the purpose of his new mixtape, King of Loveland 2. "Yeah, this what we doin' for the summer," he says at the beginning of the tape, on a remix of Future's "U.O.E.N.O." "It's a rebirth of the baby boom era." Hell, just read some of the song [...]

ToDo ToDay: Baths, The Threepenny Opera, and Right Proper Wings

A full band is no longer a necessary ingredient for a rocking live show. Many artists write and record entire albums with just a laptop, and listeners connect with sounds that challenge our notions of traditional musicianship. Baths, the brainchild of L.A.-based Will Wiesenfeld, buys into that tradition. His 2013 album Obsidian is a dark masterpiece, one [...]

ToDo ToDay: Quilts, Jewish Chinese Food, and Raheem DeVaughn

Because I’m a sexist idiot, I assumed an exhibit on quilts might be a touch dull. Wrong! “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts offers stunning visuals and a lively history lesson in the form of 35 historical quilts. The exhibit explores ideas of women’s [...]

Listen: Asheru’s New Album, Sleepless in Soweto

It took Asheru three years to reach this point. But there he was Wednesday night at Tropicalia on U Street NW, doing his best to explain the premise behind his much-delayed new album, Sleepless in Soweto. "I went over [to South Africa] this time and I've come to a different look at the world," Asheru told [...]

ToDo ToDay: Elizabeth Gilbert, Raheem DeVaughn, and Rory Albanese

Elizabeth Gilbert’s name alone inspires a particular brand of hatred in some circles: Eat, Pray, Love was such privileged-white-lady bullshit, wasn't it? But recent interviews Gilbert gave to Mother Jones and the New York Times Magazine have me thinking that her first novel in 13 years, The Signature of All Things, won’t be so hated. Set in the 19th century, it stars [...]

Listen: Raheem DeVaughn’s Trayvon Martin Song, “Trigga Man”

D.C. R&B vocalist Raheem DeVaughn has released an affecting song inspired by slain teenager Trayvon Martin in the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal Saturday night.
The song, "Trigga Man," takes the shape of an open letter from a victim to his killer, beginning, "Dear assassinator, dear murderer, did you ever stop to think that I could have been [...]

ToDo ToDay: Joy Buttons! Minibar Open House!

In D.C., artists seem to always be working on multiple projects. Take aggro punk band Joy Buttons, which came together last August and includes guitarist Ryan McLaughlin of Typefighter, vocalist Brandon Moses of Paperhaus, drummer and former Pray for Polanksi member Dan Ramspacher, and guitarist Erik Sleight of Lightfoot and Mittenfields. [...]