Radio Rah: The Love King
Love, sex and conscious passion, Raheem DeVaughn brings it all to Phoenix.
The Love King, never seems to disappoint. Opening his show in Phoenix, raw and uncut with no pyro or auto tune, his acoustic set introduced a clean cut version of the R&B D.C. Native that we have all come to love. This was a new version, a new man, the grown man, a man who has been in love, lost it, found it again, and has begun to believe in it.
Adorned with a pocket square, in a white button up shirt, slacks and a navy blazer—Raheem appeared with a different appeal. Much more than the wet lips, and intimate teases that he is known for. His Phoenix set spoke to who we are as people, and who we are as a culture and how he intends to use his stage as more than a place for performing.
The atmosphere was amazing, the live acoustic set gave off the feeling of being at an open mic somewhere in a small bar in the back streets of D.C. As the show opened with the strumming of an acoustic guitar and acoustic bass guitar, the stage began to spin and Raheem announced that “we gone talk about love.”
For the next 2 ½ hours, that is exactly what we did. The passion and artistry was amazing. With each note, the audience was able to take in the gift of Raheem, his truth, his vulnerability and his experiences of love and as a Black man living in America.
While singing Appreciated, he invited the crowd to join in. Strong woman / Grown Woman / Special Woman / Raheem sang the closing note “Woman” from his soul holding it, and letting the power of his voice and the word pierce the air.
“Every word in this song is gonna be about you”
Raheem’s music is beautifully crafted to show appreciation to women. His music reaffirms that it is ok to be in love, and tells women that we are the prototype. He had every single lady, and many of the taken ones begging him with hopeful eyes to run his fingers through their hair, as he walked to the edge of the stage, singing in to the eyes of one lucky woman, as he ran his fingers through her large beautiful natural afro.
“Sound man…I want you to make me feel like I'm in heaven like I am floating and dancing on a cloud” Raheem cued his next song, and the notes rang in the air as he cooed and whispered “Do you feel me baby…Can you feel me ladies?”
Raheem, moved from the stage to the crowd, still looking like he is in love with what he does, his smile, his deep dimple, so real and authentic, just like this is his first time on stage. Raheem performs with such a sense of passion and excitement—not jaded from the work of it all, and nowhere near over rated.
The Love King makes good music... real R&B
He makes the make you feel something kind of music, the heart skipping a beat, day dreaming you on stage with him kind of music. The write poems in the middle of a concert cause he got you feeling like he singing to only you kind of music.
King of Love Land
You are a real
Make me dream again… man
Teasing and tantalizing me, like only you can
Then right at the start of his 5th song, he decided his clothes had been on for far too long and he began to unbutton his shirt. The ladies screamed, and did their best to become the focus of his gaze.
A woman in the crowd yells “take it off,” to that Raheem responds, “touch yourself so that you know it's real, we all here together, I see you got a man, I'm just here to facilitate the situation so that he can take you home and rock your world, courtesy of Raheem DeVaughn”.
But he is so much more than just sensual seduction, if you actually know and have been following Raheem, you know that he is more than a singer, performer or musician. Raheem’s music aside from affirming women, and talking about the love experience, his lyrics also incorporate what is happening in the world. Never forgetting where he comes from, during the set he pays tribute to his ancestors Marvin Gay, Curtis Mayfield and many others. The Love King changed musical direction and tells the crowd “if you love yourself and you here with someone you love, get up and put your fist in the air, you better learn to love somebody.”
Live beatboxing could be heard over the guitars
As Wes Felton of The Cross Rhodes emerged on to the stage and the duo performed together. “Living like we bullet proof—Load it, cock it, aim and shoot.” Raheem announced his new album Footprints On the Moon by The Cross Rhodes and other up and coming releases from the group. As they performed, The Love King spoke to the crowd, “Life is about balance, without balance there is nothing.” Raheem and Wes perform consciously dope music, their song America addressed a lot of the issues in the world today. “Land of the free and Home of the brave,” they ended the song kneeling with one fist in the air.
Taking a moment of silence, Raheem ended The Cross Rhodes set with a prayer, “thank you God for this moment in Phoenix AZ.”
Raheem brought us all back to Love Land, singing songs from the greats, “Cause I Love You” by Lenny Williams and taking us to the 80s and 90s with some old school R&B Prince.
Raheem and the crowd sang the lyrics to Temperature’s rising in unison as he playfully teased women by walking through the crowd and laying on the stage—making them all believe that he could make their wildest fantasies come true.
“This feel like 90's R&B shit, Can you feel it like 90's R&B.”
The entire show was truly a Love experience
“If no one told you that they loved you today, let me be the first” before exiting the stage, the Love King reminded us “as long as you keep supporting me, I'm here to serve you.” He went out like an old school lullaby, like some Al Green and some Marvin Gay, fading to black cooing and singing “I love you... love—you—you.
Raheem DeVaughn, AKA the Love King loves making music and changing lives.
Through his Love Life Foundation, he support efforts to send kids to college and he is also an advocate for battered women, children and men. With his group The Cross Rhodes, he is making passionately conscious and relevant music—anthems that speak truth to power and address the current state of the world.
Raheem DeVaughn is exactly the type of artist we need for such a time as this. Utilizing the stage as a platform to educate and equip, not only to perform. We are here for the Love King, and all of the respect, support and affirmation that he provides to Black Women, our people and our culture.