Raheem DeVaughn

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Raheem DeVaughn
Raheem DeVaughn (2010).JPG
DeVaughn performing in September 2010
Background information
Birth nameRaheem DeVaughn
Also known asChronkite, Radio Raheem
Born(1975-05-05) May 5, 1975 (age 39)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
OriginWashington, D.C.
GenresR&B, Neo soul
OccupationsSinger, songwiter
Years active2002–present
LabelsJive (2002-2011)
Mass Appeal/Fontana Distribution (2012-present)
Associated actsKenny Dope, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dwele, Jill Scott, Logic, King Los
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Raheem DeVaughn
Raheem DeVaughn (2010).JPG
DeVaughn performing in September 2010
Background information
Birth nameRaheem DeVaughn
Also known asChronkite, Radio Raheem
Born(1975-05-05) May 5, 1975 (age 39)
Newark, New Jersey, United States
OriginWashington, D.C.
GenresR&B, Neo soul
OccupationsSinger, songwiter
Years active2002–present
LabelsJive (2002-2011)
Mass Appeal/Fontana Distribution (2012-present)
Associated actsKenny Dope, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Dwele, Jill Scott, Logic, King Los

Raheem DeVaughn (born May 5, 1975) is an American singer and songwriter.[1] His debut album, The Love Experience (2005), reached No. 46 on the Billboard 200 album chart. It featured the singles "Guess Who Loves You More" and "You". His second album Love Behind the Melody was released in January 2008. It features the singles "Woman", and "Customer".

DeVaughn was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards for the single "Woman".

Early life[edit]

DeVaughn was born in Newark, New Jersey on May 5, 1975, the son of jazz cellist Abdul Wadud. He was raised in Maryland (Montgomery and Prince George's counties) by his mother, Imani Smith, a now retired federal worker. He is a cousin of singer Chrisette Michele.[2][3][4] His mother states that her son first expressed an affinity towards music in preschool, recalling how whenever the class had musical events, he would conduct them. DeVaughn's love for music solidified during his early teens, when he began to envision his career path. One of his favorite artists was Babyface, and Smith recalls that her son once begged her to visit the Waxie Maxie's record store in the District to buy a promotional picture of the singer. DeVaughn visited his father during the summer, mainly in New Jersey. With his father, DeVaughn attended gigs and experienced his first taste of the life of a working musician.

He graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland, an unincorporated section of Prince George's County. DeVaughn had an epiphany early in his college career at Coppin State University in Baltimore City, when he saw a group of street corner singers and began harmonizing with them. DeVaughn said his focus became music: "Before I knew what was going on, I was... cutting class to write lyrics and record". His focus turned to becoming a professional singer.


DeVaughn in October 2005

DeVaughn took a job at Tower Records, where while putting price tags on CDs, he began working the D.C. music circuit—performing with various groups, the most prominent of which being Urbanave31, and at venues such as the State of the Union and Bar Nun on U Street NW, all while having CDs of his songs ready at hand. Locally in the DC Metro area he attained relatively quick success, winning local awards and successfully releasing some independent work over the next few years. He won $2,000 from the Washington DC nightclub Bar Nun talent show.[5] CEO Cliff Jones (Soul World Entertainment]) and partner Jerry Vines, now the singer's longtime manager, met DeVaughn while managing the Baltimore-based quartet Dru Hill, and asked him to write a song for the group. DeVaughn ultimately gained the attention of record producers DJ Jazzy Jeff (as Rahiem) and Kenny Burns (known as former A&R for Roc-A-Fella Records) and with the help of Jones and Vines they signed a recording contract with Jive Records in 2002.[citation needed]

DeVaughn's first solo single released on a major label was the song entitled "Guess Who Loves You More", his second single was "You". DeVaughn's first Jive Records release "The Love Experience", was acclaimed, selling around 250,000 units.[citation needed] While promoting the album, DeVaughn took to wearing a crown and cape at shows, a ploy to make himself stand out, calling himself the "Underground King." Around this time, DeVaughn also began making appearances at different shows in D.C. with artists such as W. Ellington Felton and Asheru of Unspoken Heard, hiding his face behind a hooded sweatshirt performing under the alias Chronkite. Felton comments that that alter ego was engendered for complicated reasons: "Chronkite represents that part of every artist who started what they're doing singing in front of a mirror as a child with a brush in their hand. At that time, it was based love, the initial attraction that draws you to music. In his business, unfortunately, your passion, your love, your individuality as an artist, can be stripped away the further you get into it."[citation needed]

DeVaughn has been compared to Dwele, Van Hunt, D'Angelo, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. DeVaughn has described himself as a "R&B hippie neo-soul rock star," a take on the difficulty media types have classifying him. Although Jive has been thrown considerable weight behind his recent album, DeVaughn doesn't leave promotion duties entirely to his label: "I'm my best marketing tool. I'm building the brand Raheem DeVaughn. I have to do it." He worked on the street to spread the word around, sold mixtapes of unreleased material to build hype, and provided impromptu shows at local venues. In another act of self-promotion, DeVaughn made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in late January, wearing a shirt that read "Grammy Nominated on the front" and "Love Behind the Melody-- In Stores Now" on the back. He also appeared on the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing "Woman" on January 18, 2008. 1123

His song "Woman" was featured as iTune's single of the week the week of January 27, 2008 and received a nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the 2008 Grammy Awards.

In 2008, he was featured on T-Pain's song; Reality Show from the album Thr33 Ringz. The song also featured Jay Lyriq and Musiq Soulchild.

His song "You" was featured in the Grand Theft Auto IV video game.

DeVaughn was nominated for "Best R&B Album" in the 2011 Grammy Awards.[6]

In September 2013, DeVaughn released his fourth studio album A Place Called Love Land on new label Mass Appeal Entertainment. The first single released from the album was "Love Connection".

March 3, 2014 DeVaughn released a mixtape for free download titled "King of Loveland".[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]



List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
The Love Experience469
Love Behind the Melody51
The Love & War MasterPeace93
A Place Called Love Land[8]229


YearSingleChart positionsAlbum
Hot 100U.S. R&BHot Adult R&B
2005"Guess Who Loves You More"38The Love Experience
2007"My Soul's Not 4 Sale" (DJ Jazzy Jeff featuring Raheem DeVaughn)10735The Return of the Magnificent
"Woman"96171Love Behind the Melody
"Text Messages"
2009"Bulletproof" (featuring Ludacris)46The Love & War MasterPeace
2010"I Dont Care"36
2013"Love Connection"A Place Called Love Land

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"My Peoples"2002DJ Jazzy JeffThe Magnificent
"Love Saviour"DJ Jazzy Jeff, Flo Brown
"In Time"DJ Jazzy Jeff, V, Masters at Work
"Spectacular"2005WalePaint a Picture
"Another Day" (credited as Chronkite)2006Kenn Starr, Sean BornStarr Status
"My Soul Ain't for Sale"2007DJ Jazzy JeffThe Return of the Magnificent
"Country Cousins"Talib Kweli, UGKEardrum
"Wait On Me"GuruGuru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 4: The Hip Hop Jazz Messenger: Back to the Future
"Rain (Bridge)"Beanie Sigel, ScarfaceThe Solution
"Prayer"Beanie Sigel
"Reality Show"T-Pain, Musiq Soulchild, Jay LyriqThree Ringz
"Still on the Grind"2009UGKUGK 4 Life
"Da Slumz"Malik Yusef, Kumasi, Bun BG.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. Night
"Mornin' Rise"De La SoulAre You In?: Nike+ Original Run
"Do Over", "Baby"Ghostface KillahGhostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
"Lie to You"2010Stat Quo, Devin the DudeStatlanta
"Mr. Incredible - Ms. Unforgettable"Leela JamesMy Soul
"Call Me Crazy"SkillzThe World Needs More Skillz
"Backroads"Pastor TroyKing of All Kings
"Dim The Lights"DweleW.ants W.orld W.omen
"Players Ballad"2011Big K.R.I.T.Return of 4Eva
"We All Will Know"Kindred the Family SoulLove Has No Recession
"Sooner Than Later"LosShooter
"Give It to Me"SaigonThe Greatest Story Never Told
"From the Hills"Raekwon, Method ManShaolin vs. Wu-Tang
"Thoughts Weigh"2012Casey VeggiesCustomized Greatly Vol. 3
"Rollin'"E-40, Mugzi, Laroo T.H.H., Work Dirty, Droop-E, DecadezThe Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1
"Salute You"E-40The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 3
"Thru The Strugle"Styles P, Curren$yThe Diamond Life Project
"Smoked Out"David Banner, Bun BSex, Drugs and Video Games
"Non Fiction"Rapsody, Ab-SoulThe Idea of Beautiful
"Smoke Good"Phil Da PhutureLouder Than You
"Drew & Derwin"SkyzooA Dream Deferred
"Hollands (I Made It)"Da Kid DaytonaN/A
"All The Way"Actual ProofBlack Boy Radio
"Mr. Safety"The World Famous Tony Williams, Stokley WilliamsKing or the Fool
"Nightmares of Being Broke"2013LosBecoming King
"If Love Is"Tony YayoGodfather of the Ghetto


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  2. ^ Remekie, Tanya. "10 Questions For Raheem DeVaughn". interview. rapup.com. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Foster, LaToya. "What is the magic about Raheem DeVaughn". interview. s2smagazine.com. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Nichole, Arlice. "Raheem DeVaughn: Master At Work". interview. clutchmagazine.com. Retrieved 17 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Soul World Entertainment". Soul World Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  6. ^ "Raheem DeVaughn". TVGuide.com. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://orangemixtapes.com/mixtape/R/725/1169-raheem-devaughn-king-of-loveland.html
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - A Place Called Love Land by Raheem DeVaughn". iTunes.apple.com. 1975-05-05. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 

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