Raheem DeVaughn – Freedom Fighter

Leave it to the hardest working man in R&B to take a break from Grammy nominations and give us a soundtrack to parallel the current economic and political climate of the world. Most of these songs are old but that’s whats cool about Raheem DeVaughn, he has been making timeless, poignant, conscious soul music from day one of his career. What’s more impressive is that it’s all so good that you can’t help but listen to what he’s saying. Marvin has to be looking down smiling.

Download this mixtape and support Raheem’s movement. I can’t think of a better artist to spend your music budget on.    

OP Swamp 81

I don’t remember the day and time I first heard this gem but I remember the feeling, I was STUCK.  Every now and then I hear something that sticks with me and I can listen to it over and over again and get the same feeling as the very first time I heard it.  “Another Day” is definitely close to the top of my most played list of the past year. Hopefully there’s more to come from the minds and mouths of this D.C. collective.  The video gives you a glimpse into the message behind OP Swamp 81’s melody.  Be sure to check out Bilal Salaam’s other work on iTunes including collabs with Muhsinah and Raheem Devaughn. 


Rudy Currence

I, like a lot of other music fiends like to be “up on” artists before they hit it big. I have that feeling about Rudy Currence. He is featured on “Nobody Wins a War” a star-studed track on Raheem Devaugn’s “Love & War MasterPeace” and holds his own in a crowd that includes vets like Bilal, Jill Scott and Anthony Hamilton.  He recently signed with Luda’s DTP crew after two under-the-radar releases so it looks like he’s well on his way. The SC born son of a preacher has tons of stage presence as shown in the first clip below. He gets his Sam Cooke on at Clark Atlanta singing “Zion” from his second album “Here with You” in the second. Check him out on ITunes, though I have to say his studio releases don’t capture the soul that comes through so effortlessly in his live performances.