Raheem DeVaughn & DJ Jazzy Jeff Join Grxwn Fxlks On Their Debut Album ‘Volume 1: Independent’

The process of creating and releasing music in 2022 has a microwavable feel that is evidenced by new stars disappearing just as quickly as they rose. This is in large part to the role social media plays in society. On their debut album, Pittsburgh-based emcee/producer super-duo Grxwn Fxlks (Masai Turner & Akil Esoon), have made it their mission to make music that creates a lasting bond with Hip-Hop’s most disenfranchised demographic – adults. Setting up shop in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta to collaborate with the greats and utilize world-renowned facilities, the duo conceptualized a project that is far cry from the all too repetitive subject matter found in the culture’s mainstream. The result is their crowning achievement titled Volume I: Independent.

Twitter: @grxwnfxlks

Raheem DeVaughn & Apollo Brown Releases “I Still Love You”

Soul is more than a sound. It is a timeless idea and an immortal condition. It can’t be borrowed or traded, bequeathed or imitated (no matter how much they try). Soul isn’t the blues, but the best blues has soul. Hip-Hop isn’t soul, but it’s the most fundamental component of its DNA. R&B is the genre, but soul is the yearning, the lust, the regret. Without soul, love is merely sex. With it, you get something like Lovesick.

Lovesick is a collaboration between the 3x Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn and the hip-hop producer, Apollo Brown, best known for making hip-hop so grimy that it permanently lodges in your lungs and underneath your fingernails. It is a work of startling beauty, a blend of modern R&B, classic soul, and guttural funk that recalls Smokey Robinson, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye. Yet it doesn’t sound out of step alongside DeVaughn’s peers The-Dream, Anderson .Paak, and Miguel. It is an album that bears the echoes of Jodeci and James Brown, but it is ultimately the clarion vision of two masters of their respective forms.

Released on Mello Music, Lovesick is a stylistic departure from Apollo Brown’s cold-blooded 21st-century boom-bap, but it shouldn’t come as a shock considering his historical skill at soulful sample chopping. Still, it’s testament to the Michigan native’s versatility and emotional depth; he has turned a sonic left turn into an eternal groove — an expansion that feels reminiscent of DJ Premier producing for D’Angelo, Salaam Remi collaborating with Amy Winehouse, J Dilla’s bible material with Erykah Badu, or more recently, Knxlwdge’s NxWorries project with .Paak.

Credit DeVaughn for making the extraordinary feel effortless. In Lovesick, the Love King has built a vessel to transport you to a different, better time. It is a tribute to the artists who came before him: all those aforementioned names, plus Parliament and Prince. Listening to the lead single, “When a Man,” which was premiered by Rolling Stone, you intuit the sweat and soulful anguish of the hardest working man in show business, but also float from Apollo’s head nod to A Tribe Called Quest’s “Luck of Lucien.” The post-modern commentary seductively fused into a warm-hearted nostalgia.

Today, the duo returns with a new single, “I Still Love You,” which is now available.  “When I made the beat for “I Still Love You”, I was all about just creating a beautiful vibe that Raheem can glide across. He did just that and then some” Apollo Brown commented.  “Something a little different from the other joints on the album, but just as appealing and worthy of the same closed-eye head nods. Great track with equally great content.”

For the legendary DeVaughn, Lovesick further cements his stature as one of the finest crooners of his generation. The DMV raised singer has sold hundreds of thousands of records, won BET Awards, and been nominated for three Grammys, but this stands among his finest work. He has conjured the perfect record for the Sunday backyard BBQ and for riding in the car with the object of your affections, the ideal nocturnal soundtrack for when it’s time to lower the lights. For Brown, this is a panoramic expansion that shows the full range of his gifts. It is the home-cooked meal, the perfectly rolled joint, soft lighting, a pledge to love and fidelity, and all the struggles with temptation.  It is soul, as smooth and supernatural as it gets. 

Lovesick will be released on 6-4-21 and also features collaborations with Shady Records Westside Boogie, Skyzoo, and 3D’NaTee.

Bandcamp: https://apollobrown360.bandcamp.com/track/i-still-love-you

You can now pre-order, add, and favorite Lovesick at your preferred DSP: https://smarturl.it/OfficialLovesick

Raheem DeVaughn & Apollo Brown feat. 3D Na’Tee – “Zaddy”

Soul is more than a sound. It is a timeless idea and an immortal condition. It can’t be borrowed or traded, bequeathed or imitated (no matter how much they try). Soul isn’t the blues, but the best blues has soul. Hip-Hop isn’t soul, but it’s the most fundamental component of its DNA. R&B is the genre, but soul is the yearning, the lust, the regret. Without soul, love is merely sex. With it, you get something like Lovesick.

Lovesick is a collaboration between the 3x Grammy-nominated singer Raheem DeVaughn and the hip-hop producer, Apollo Brown, best known for making hip-hop so grimy that it permanently lodges in your lungs and underneath your fingernails. It is a work of startling beauty, a blend of modern R&B, classic soul, and guttural funk that recalls Smokey Robinson, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye. Yet it doesn’t sound out of step alongside DeVaughn’s peers The-Dream, Anderson .Paak, and Miguel. It is an album that bears the echoes of Jodeci and James Brown, but it is ultimately the clarion vision of two masters of their respective forms.

Released on Mello Music, Lovesick is a stylistic departure from Apollo Brown’s cold-blooded 21st century boom-bap, but it shouldn’t come as a shock considering his historical skill at soulful sample chopping. Still, it’s testament to the Michigan native’s versatility and emotional depth; he has turned a sonic left turn into an eternal groove — an expansion that feels reminiscent of DJ Premier producing for D’Angelo, Salaam Remi collaborating with Amy Winehouse, J Dilla’s bible material with Erykah Badu, or more recently, Knxlwdge’s NxWorries project with .Paak.

Credit DeVaughn for making the extraordinary feel effortless. In Lovesick, the Love King has built a vessel to transport you to a different, better time. It is a tribute to the artists who came before him: all those aforementioned names, plus Parliament and Prince. Listening to the lead single, “When a Man,” which was premiered by Rolling Stone, you intuit the sweat and soulful anguish of the hardest working man in show business, but also float from Apollo’s head nod to A Tribe Called Quest’s “Luck of Lucien.” The post-modern commentary seductively fused into a warm-hearted nostalgia.

After announcing the album with the Rolling Stone Premiered “When A Man,” Raheem and Apollo return with the project’s second-single “Zaddy” featuring 3D Na’Tee.  “Zaddy” was premiered by Brooklyn Vegan.  

“This is another soulful RNB release that makes it clear that the LoveSick album will be a summer of love classic” Raheem DeVaughn confidently asserted.  “The lyrical conversation on ‘Zaddy’ between me and New Orleans Sensation 3D Na’Tee is tastefully sensual.” 

“Zaddy” is undeniably one of my favorite joints on the album, and one of the earlier songs we worked on that set the tone for the sound of the project”  Apollo Brown added.  “As always, Raheem displayed his throne on the song, and it was an absolute honor to be blessed by 3D Na’Tee’s greatness. Beautiful music!”

For the legendary DeVaughn, Lovesick further cements his stature as one of the finest crooners of his generation. The DMV raised singer has sold hundreds of thousands of records, won BET Awards and been nominated for three Grammys, but this stands among his finest work. He has conjured the perfect record for the Sunday backyard BBQ and for riding in the car with the object of your affections, the ideal nocturnal soundtrack for when it’s time to lower the lights. For Brown, this is a panoramic expansion that shows the full range of his gifts. It is the home cooked meal, the perfectly rolled joint, soft lighting, a pledge to love and fidelity, and all the struggles with temptation.  It is soul, as smooth and supernatural as it gets. 

Lovesick will be released on 6-4-21 and also features collaborations with Shady Records Westside Boogie, Skyzoo and 3D’NaTee.

You can now pre-order, add, and favorite Lovesick at your preferred DSP: https://smarturl.it/OfficialLovesick

Skyzoo feat. Raheem Devaughn – “Bakers Dozen” (Produced by Apollo Brown)[Video]

In Celebration of Us is easily the most complex, most layered and most important work to date, no debates in Skyzoo’s distinguished career. His greatest piece thus far.  These are stories that, like The Salvation, he preferred to tell on his own. Sky has never been this meticulous about an album in his life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful!!

In Celebration of Us was significantly influenced by the birth of Skyzoo’s new (infant) son.  The impending birth drew Skyzoo back to his childhood and to recall his relationship with his own father; an admitted hustler, but a hustler who was always omnipresent in his life (their relationship is a major narrative on the new album). “The most important thing a black boy can have is his father.” “With so many things that are going on in our own country and around the world, looking the way we look and being who we are, I wanted this project to serve as a guidebook — something my son could always go back to.”

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo stated. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process.  I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story”.

 

After premieres with Complex, Billboard and Beats1/Apple Music and a top 10 debut on the Apple Music Hip-Hop chart, Skyzoo presents the first visual, “Bakers Dozen,” fromIn Celebration of Us.  “Bakers Dozen” features Raheem Devaughn and is produced by Apollo Brown.

Skyzoo’s In Celebration of Us is now available for purchase and streaming at all digital platforms via First Generation Rich/EMPIRE.

Skyzoo feat. Raheem Devaughn – “Bakers Dozen” (Prod. by Apollo Brown)

 

In Celebration of Us is easily the most complex, most layered and most important work to date, no debates in Skyzoo’s distinguished career. His greatest piece thus far. Produced by Illmind, Apollo Brown, Daringer, Marc Nfinit, Cardiak, Tuamie, Ave Prod., Seige Monstracity, and Arte Mitchell. No rap features, Skyzoo got enough raps. These are stories that, like The Salvation, he preferred to tell on his own. Sky has never been this meticulous about an album in his life. Conceptually, this is Ta-nehisi Coates meets Chappelle’s Show meets The Autobiography of Malcolm X meets Blackish meets the case of Sandra Bland meets the birth of Air Jordans. It’s intense. And it’s beautiful!!

“On this album, I wanted to tap into the present, more so than any other album of mine as far as full projects. Music of the times is the best way to describe it” Skyzoo stated. “From cultural appropriation and gentrification to police brutality and the irony of motives behind bigger motives, it’s an album that explores who we are and why we are where we are in society, as a people. What’s been done to us and what we’ve done to ourselves, mainly out of confused necessity, all while celebrating us in the process.  I’m honored to be able to give my take on our story”.

Today, via an exclusive premiere with Complex, Skyzoo shares the lead-singe, “Bakers Dozen,” featuring Raheem Devaughn from In Celebration of Us.  “On “Baker’s Dozen”, I wanted to explore the world I know, same as I always have throughout my career, but from the perspective of what once was, currently is, and probably will foreseeably be, by diving into what happens when things like gentrification take place in that world” Skyzoo commented to Complex. “The idea of desire and attainability, by all means; regardless of the changes around you. The muse for the record was D’Angelo’s ‘Devil’s Pie’, which prompted me to bring in my brothers Apollo Brown and Raheem Devaughn, whom I’ve frequently worked with in the past. The energy they brought to the record was flawless. Vision fulfilled indeed!”

Skyzoo’s In Celebration of Us featuring guest spots and production by Raheem Devaughn, !llmind, Apollo Brown and more hits stores and all streaming sites 2-2-18 via First Generation Rich/EMPIRE.  Pre-orders are also now available as well.

David Banner feat. Cee-Lo & Raheem DeVaughn – “Magnolia”

 

David Banner releases “Magnolia,” which takes on a different connotation from the official nickname for the state of Mississippi; Magnolia State (named as such due to the plentiful abundance throughout the state of both the flower and tree).   “The song represents the relationship of trees in Mississippi and Africans throughout history” Banner stated to Hotnewhiphop.  “The taller the tree, the broader the story, the shorter the tree, the more personal the perspective is.  My verse is about the relationship of the magnolia tree and African’s during slavery.”

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