Raheem DeVaughn

I’ve long been a fan of soul singer Raheem DeVaughn.  Like with my boys Eric Roberson, John Legend, and Donnie, Raheem has a distinctive voice and a way with the words.  Raheem’s 2005 debut album The Love Experience still gets played at least three times a week up in this house.

His latest single “Woman” from his forthcoming album Love Behind the Melody, which is slated to hit stores on January 15 (next Tuesday), has quickly moved to the top of my list.  I mean hey, any song that pays homage to women and all the shit we go through is alright with me.

But the heat doesn’t stop there.  There’s the upbeat and funky "Energy" that features a guest spot from one of my favorite rappers Big Boi of OutKast.  There’s also a very nice collaboration with Floetry entitled “Marathon” and I have to tell you, that was a pleasant surprise.

Already nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at this year’s Grammy Awards, Raheem is aided by a roster of A-list producers that includes Mark Batson, Chucky Thompson and Scott Storch on his new album.

Make sure to pick up or download this brothas album on the 15th.  It’s been a long time coming and I am glad to see Raheem is back.  If you’re not familiar with his work, check out his debut album The Love Experience track 2 “The Love Experience,” track 3 “Guess Who Loves You More,” track 7 "You," and track 10 “Believe.” 

But make you do that this week, so on the 15th you’re all set to go out and get his sophomore album Love Behind the Melody.


Keith Sweat Is Back


Making the comeback of all comebacks, R&B legend Keith Sweat is back with a new album.  Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, has announced the March 18 release of “Just Me,” the first new studio album from Keith Sweat since his 2002 Rebirth set.  Sweat produced and co-wrote most of the material on his latest project which features guest artists Keyshia Cole, and Athena Cage (Keith’s duet partner on the million-selling 1996 hit "Nobody").

The first single from the set is the sexy jam "Suga Suga Suga," featuring Paisley Bettis. Standout cuts include the hypnotic "Somebody," which showcases Sweat singing falsetto for the first time; the future classic "Love You Better," a truly memorable duet between Keith and hitmaker Keyshia Cole; and "Just Wanna Sex You," a hit-the-spot cut that Keith says is on the album "to remind people of what I’ve done and what I’m about musically."

Since 1988, Keith Sweat has sold over 15 million albums worldwide, racking up six #1 R&B hit singles, with close to 30 chart entries, three multi-platinum, three platinum and two gold albums, including Rhino’s 2004 The Best Of Keith Sweat: Make You Sweat. In addition to his solo work, Keith also scored major hits with Johnny Gill and the late Gerald Levert as part of the popular L.S.G. trio in the ’90s.