Raheem DeVaughn, Wes Felton Spread Political Awareness on ‘The Great Debate’ Mixtape

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Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton, collectively known as The CrossRhodes, have released their new mixtape titled The Great Debate Vol. 1. The nine-track project speaks to the importance of social consciousness and political awareness.

“We are taking back the linage of what they have stolen,” the said in a statement. “We also acknowledge our immediate ancestors who used the Rhodes piano to create soul music.”

Read the rest of The CrossRhodes’ manifesto:

Our logo captures the intersection of 4 elements of life for what it means to be human, men, Black, fathers, lovers, believers in God and artists.

1.The gun reflects the fact that we see our art and community at the Crossrhodes of both the living and dying by the gun which is reflected in both the  growing BLM movement about violence against our community and the continued work we have to do about the violence we inflict on each other in our community.

2.The heart reflects the love which is at the root of our music and the movement we are building as men who love, feel, care and struggle.

3.The fist reflects the beauty and power of our commitment to our struggle.  We understand that we come from a long tradition of elder and ancestor artists. A legacy which we have an obligation to continue, transform, and pass on to the next generation.

4.The microphone reflects our art, culture and music which when crossed with love and consciousness is what can use to teach, heal and rebuild our community.

Stream The Great Debate Vol. 1 below.

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Kelly Price Announces Hurricane Harvey Benefit Relief Concert

(Photo credit: Tony Mobley for The LoveLife Foundation)

Kelly Price is using her voice and her platform for a good cause.

The R&B powerhouse has announced a benefit concert for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Hosted by radio personality Ed Lover and actress/model Eva Marcille, the concert will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at City Winery in Atlanta.

Other artists will join Price including Slick Rick, Trina, Case, Big Freedia, 112, MAJOR., LeAndria Johnson, Pastor Troy, Mia X, Donell Jones, Raheem DeVaughn, Gritz & Jelly Butter and many more to be announced.

Tickets are $55 and are on sale on City Winery’s website. All proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction will go directly to two Houston families (with several small children) who have lost everything and Mattress Mack — who is not only sheltering and feeding hurricane victims — but is mobilizing clean up efforts in the area.

The Crossrhodes Release Powerful Visual for New Song ‘America’

R&B/hip-hop duo The Crossrhodes (singer Raheem DeVaughn and poet Wes Felton) has released a stunning visual for their new single “America.” The conscious track is the duo’s take on “America the Beautiful” as black men in America.

“America” is lifted from the duo’s forthcoming album, Footprints on the Moon, which releases on September 22 via BMG US. The album will include production and appearances from Scarface, Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, Rapsody, Chaz French, Phil Ade, The Colleagues, The Fr3shmen and more.

“With the current state of political uncertainty, creatives have a responsibility to be the voice and reflection of the people. Music with a message is a much needed and welcomed disruption. Footprints On The Moon plans to inspire and incite positive and catalytic change,” says Devaughn.

“We come from a rich legacy of black artists who created music to wake the consciousness of the masses. Music is supposed to inspire. We do not promote escapism or a fantasy. We have created reality music. Footprints On The Moon will expose racial and social injustices, economic disparities, and issues that affect real people. It is our hope that the people will support artists and movements that reflect the changes needed for our communities,” says Felton.

Watch The Crossrhodes’ video for “America” below.

Stream Rayven Justice’s New Project ‘Wavy Justice’

Rising singer Rayven Justice is back with a brand new mixtape. Titled Wavy Justice, the 16-track project includes features from Surfa Solo, DJ Luke Nasty, G Baby, LuvaboyTJ, Young Greatness and more.

The cover art features a throwback photo of Justice in his younger years.

Wavy Justice is the Oakland, Calif. native’s follow-up to 2016’s Do it Justice, which included his Keyshia Cole-assisted song “Tit for Tat.”

Listen to Wavy Justice below.