The Love & War Masterpeace
Released: Mar 2010
Raheem DeVaughn brings on the romance while acknowledging our bleak times on this richly creative concept album that draws as much from hip-hop and modern R&B production as it does from past masters such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. What DeVaughn lacks in the writing department he makes up for in the way he laces everything together -- this is an artist who still believes in the album. Guests include Jill Scott, Ludacris, Damian Marley and Cornel West; DeVaughn uses their skills wisely, the way a painter brings out the subtleties of his palette.