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


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.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

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Dondria Releases ‘Dondria Duets 4’ Mixtape

Dondria has finally ended her six-year Dondria Duets drought with the release of the fourth installment.

The nine-track mixtape includes the So So Def singer’s version of Charlie Puth’s “How Long,” Childish Gambino’s “Redbone,” Khalid’s “Location” and Bruno Mars’ “Versace on the Floor,” to name a few.

Dondria Duets: 4 is the follow-up project to The Day to the Don which was released in July 2017.

Stream Dondria Duets: 4 below.

From 2008: R&B Albums That Turn 10 This Year

Another ten years has caught up with us in the realm of R&B music.

Let’s jog your memory for a minute. For starters, 2008 saw Mariah Carey touch the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for the 18th time with “Touch My Body.” Usher showed his strength by “Moving Mountains,” while Beyoncé led ladies to the club, singing, “If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it.”

We heard the debut projects from Day26, Jennifer Hudson, Tiffany Evans and Jazmine Sullivan. Also, 2008 ended listeners music drought from veterans Deborah Cox, Ashanti, Keith Sweat and Brandy.

Rated R&B has compiled a list of 31 R&B/soul albums that celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018.

Randomness: On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama won presidency, becoming the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States.

Raheem DeVaughn — Love Behind the Melody
Release Date: January 15
Record Label: Jive Records
Singles: “Woman,” “Customer” and “Text Messages”

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Faith Evans, Angie Stone, MAJOR. and more Perform at 2017 Raheem DeVaughn and Friends Charity Concert

On Tuesday, Dec. 21, Raheem DeVaughn and his LoveLife Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Charity Concert at The Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. Co-hosted with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the event helped raise funds and awareness about HIV/AIDS.

This year, DeVaughn invited some of our favorite R&B veterans to perform including Faith Evans, Angie Stone, and Kindred the Family Soul. R&B newcomers MAJOR., Chris Scholar and Maycee also performed. It wouldn’t have been a show without DeVaughn gracing the stage, as well as his duo The CrossRhodes.

See photos below.

Chris Scholar (Photo Courtesy of Rated R&B)
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Faith Evans (Photo Courtesy of Rated R&B)
Kindred the Family Soul (Photo Courtesy of Rated R&B)

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