Published Nov 29, 201010. Raheem DeVaughn The Love & War MasterPeace (Zomba/Jive)
If conventional R&B is dead, then someone needs to give Raheem DeVaughn the hint. One of the best pure R&B projects of the year, The Love & War MasterPeace infused an ambitious socio-political vibe. From the spoken word intro by philosopher provocateur Dr. Cornell West, DeVaughn embarks on a 13-track journey from a love is war/war is love aesthetic. From the bombastic "The Greatness" (featuring Wale), "Bulletproof" (featuring a surprisingly subdued Ludacris), to the unabashedly nu soul of "I Don't Care," The Love & War MasterPeace ranked as a stark standout in 2010's field of few mainstream R&B comers.
Ryan B. Patrick