Raheem DeVaughn conducted by Todd E. Jones  

Experiencing The Love Of The Human Voice

September 2005

MVRemix: Word association. I am going to say the name and you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said 'Public Enemy', you may say, 'Revolution' or 'Fight The Power'.

Raheem DeVaughn: Alright. Raheem Devaughn Interview

MVRemix: Curtis Mayfield.

Raheem DeVaughn: Political.

MVRemix: Prince.

Raheem DeVaughn: Diamonds.

MVRemix: Cody ChesnuTT.

Raheem DeVaughn: The gospel.

MVRemix: The Roots.

Raheem DeVaughn: Hip-hop.

MVRemix: Common.

Raheem DeVaughn: Evolution of hip-hop.

MVRemix: Smokey Robinson.

Raheem DeVaughn: Classic.

MVRemix: Marvin Gaye.

Raheem DeVaughn: Timeless.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Raheem DeVaughn: Asshole.

MVRemix: What are the 3 best things about Maryland?

Raheem DeVaughn: Well, I got from Baltimore to V.A. locked. The support that I got from this area is unheard of. Most artists don't get the love that I have been getting. Two? Politically, I'm right at the back door where they make the laws and bullshit laws that America basically deals with. Since I'm right at the back door, I have a voice and I use it. Here, they have been trying to shut down the live performance things at the bars and taverns. Politically, it's not a good look for them if someone is in their backyard. Third, we have some of the most beautiful women in the world. I've been to a lot of different places too. Also, just people in general. We have a lot of talent.

MVRemix: You worked with Jazzy Jeff's production company, A Touch Of Jazz on 'The Love Experience' LP. How did that happen and what was that experience like?

Raheem DeVaughn: I met Jeff thru Kev Brown and Cy Young. As a result, he's become one of my mentors and we always make timeless music.

MVRemix: How was working with Touch Of Jazz different from other producers?

Raheem DeVaughn: A lot of creativity in 4 or 5 different rooms. It's ideal for an artist like me. It became my playground.

MVRemix: In one of your songs you talk about raising a child and then, finding out that the child was not biologically yours. Is any of this true?

Raheem DeVaughn: Yup.

MVRemix: What happened?

Raheem DeVaughn: I don't discuss that out of respect for the child.

MVRemix: What about you....Are you experiencing love today?

Raheem DeVaughn: Yeah, the record is out now. It's all love.

MVRemix: You are a son of a jazz cellist. How did that shape you?

Raheem DeVaughn: It's in my blood and he is great to talk to when I get frustrated

MVRemix: What kind of kid were you?

Raheem DeVaughn: Quiet, shy, sneaky, and advanced.

MVRemix: Has your career affected your romantic relationships?

Raheem DeVaughn: Always has, always will. It's just what most artists have to deal with. They never hear over the music.

MVRemix: Vocally, who are you major influences?

Raheem DeVaughn: Marvin, Prince, Luther, Jay-Z, Tupac, Hendrix, Sade.

MVRemix: What's your favorite Marvin Gaye album?

Raheem DeVaughn: 'Here My Dear'.

MVRemix: Out of all of those classic soul singers, which one would you love to work with the most? What songs would you cover?

Raheem DeVaughn: I've already started to cover Prince and Marvin. They'll be released soon. Paul Simon and Bob Marley.

MVRemix: Which songs?

Raheem DeVaughn: 'It's a surprise, My remake album.

MVRemix: How do you keep your voice strong?

Raheem DeVaughn: I'm just blessed, man. I don't do any rituals or anything. I definitely try to take care of myself, mentally and physically though.

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