Raheem DeVaughn: Timeless, a lot of people never catch my age.Nicole Ayilola: Where are you from?
Raheem DeVaughn: I was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, and Newark NJ. I was introduced to the suburban life and the city life.Nicole Ayilola: How do you think your background has influenced your music?
Raheem DeVaughn: My background has tremendously influenced my background. Growing up listening to Big Daddy Kane, the Go Go scene, and all of that diversity definitely shows through my music.Nicole Ayilola: Who are some artist you look up to and would love towork with in the near future?
Raheem DeVaughn: There are so many! I’d love to work with The Roots, Ghostface Killa again, D. Angelo, Sade, Lauren Hill, Adele, Justin BieBEr, James Blake and James Blunt.
Nicole Ayilola: Wow what a great group of people! What was the motivation for you releasing this EP Destination Loveland on February 14th?
Raheem DeVaughn: It was to campaign Team Raheem, and putting out free original music for the fans to enjoy..
Raheem DeVaughn: The birth of my children really was a changing event in my life. Really showed how your life doesn’t just affect you and it’s really a call to duty for men, I am also a gun shot wound survivor.Nicole Ayilola: Really? What happened?
Raheem DeVaughn: Baltimore city in 1996 I was shot and it really made me think, what is the legacy I’m leaving on this Earth, that’s also when I went full force into music and realized I have to make it my life. Lastly, when I was nominated for 3 Grammy’s, BEing recognized tremendously by my peers motivated me even more.Nicole Ayilola: What’s one message that you consistently send through your music?
Raheem DeVaughn: Love, through all of my album titles, my music topics. Love is something that is free, and it heals. It is pretty powerful.Nicole Ayilola: What other talents do you have?
Raheem DeVaughn: I can cook. I even want to go to culinary school one day.Nicole Ayilola: How is your upcoming 4th album going to differ in sound and feel from the rest?
Raheem DeVaughn: My maturity as a man has evolved and it shows in the next album.
Nicole Ayilola: You have a lot of women appreciated songs compared to a lot of other artist these days. Why is that?
Raheem DeVaughn: I try to BE the voice for the man that cannot put his love into words. I sing from the heart.
Nicole Ayilola: That is a very unique quality to have. It was a pleasure interviewing you. What’s your twitter so the fans can follow you & keep up with your music?
Raheem DeVaughn: @OfficiallyRaheem_Devaughn
Not only is Raheem DeVaughn a force to BE taken seriously, but also a talent that knows he has more to grow, and that, in fact, is the BEst knowledge of all.