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Love & War MasterPeace [Deluxe Edition]
     

The Love & War MasterPeace [Deluxe Edition]

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by Raheem DeVaughn
 

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Emboldened by Love Behind the Melody's crossover success, involving a Top Ten spot on the Billboard 200, a BET Award, and two Grammy nominations, Raheem DeVaughn grants his third album a title that sounds (but does not necessarily look) arrogant. Despite the wordplay, DeVaughn did not mess around when it came to recording a set befitting a title

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Emboldened by Love Behind the Melody's crossover success, involving a Top Ten spot on the Billboard 200, a BET Award, and two Grammy nominations, Raheem DeVaughn grants his third album a title that sounds (but does not necessarily look) arrogant. Despite the wordplay, DeVaughn did not mess around when it came to recording a set befitting a title as grand as The Love & War MasterPeace. There are plenty of love songs, naturally, and most of them are imaginative and excellent. Even when they slip into clever foolishness, as on "B.O.B." -- in which the protagonist testifies the many reasons why he would be preferable to a specific device -- they are strong in construction, much more about honoring the woman than the man's prowess, and DeVaughn's easy falsetto never sounds self-satisfied. On the socially conscious material, DeVaughn really lays into it all with a dedicated force that is potent musically and lyrically. Subtract Dr. Cornel West's recurring spots as hype man-slash-mood enhancer, and the album would still remain one of the most grippingly conscious major-label R&B albums of the last 30 years, featuring the Curtis Mayfield-channeling (and sampling) "Bulletproof," an alluringly morose opener, and the startling 13 minutes that make up the closers "Nobody Wins a War" (despite involving the input of nearly a dozen of DeVaughn's contemporaries, it is no wreck) and "Revelations 2010" (assisted by Damian Marley and a chorus of "They're out to bury me, they're out to bury you/And all you can do is arm yourself"). An expanded version adds over 45 minutes to the program, making the album clock in at nearly two hours. DeVaughn stretches out on the meditative "Soldier Story," inspired by a friend who returned from Iraq without legs, and "Lose Control," an 11-minute robo-funk workout. Most of these songs -- especially "Wing and a Prayer," featuring UGK's Bun B and a spine-tingling chorus -- should not be considered merely bonus content.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/02/2010
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0886976390020
catalogNumber:
763900

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Raheem DeVaughn   Primary Artist
Alfredo de la Fe   Strings
Dave Darlington   Keyboards
James Preston   Keyboards
Luisito Quintero   Percussion
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Keyboards
Debbie Knapper   Guitar
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Guitar
Mike Ciro   Bass,Guitar,Sitar
DeAndre Shaifer   Horn
Phil Cornish   Keyboards
Shawn Whitley   Bass,Keyboards
Jerard Snell   Drums
Eugenia "Chinablac" Bess   Background Vocals
Leonard "E-Flat" Stephens   Keyboards
Robert McDonald   Guitar
Chris "Biscuit" Bynum   Drums
Vohn Higginbotham   Organ
Kenny "Koonga" Martin   Percussion
Karlston "Ice" Ross   Bass
Andrae Alexander   Piano

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Renaldo Benson   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Jerry Vines   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Management
James Preston   Composer
Damian "Junior Gong" Marley   Composer
Kenny Dope   Producer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Malik Yusef   Composer
Irving Lorenzo   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Jill Scott   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Carvin "Ransum" Haggins   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Yas Inoue   Engineer
Dwele   Vocal Arrangements
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Ronnie Jackson   Composer
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Composer
Val Benson   Composer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
Mike Ciro   Composer
Ne-Yo   Producer
Kristal "Tytewriter" Oliver   Composer
DeAndre Shaifer   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Phil Cornish   Composer
Jamil "Face" Johnson   Producer,Engineer
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
Jeremy Reeves   Composer
Ray Romulus   Composer
Jonathan Yip   Composer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Scott O'Toole   Engineer
Bernard Freeman   Composer
Denise Trotman   Art Direction
Tennyson Richards   Groomer
Carl Gonzalez   Composer
Big Bob Terry   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Richie Owings   Prop Stylist
Ronnie "Lil Ronnie" Jackson   Producer
Leonard "E-Flat" Stephens   Composer
Nick Roache   Engineer
Symfonikz   Producer
Chris "Symfonikz" Lewis   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Robert McDonald   Composer
Chris "Biscuit" Bynum   Composer
Nate Peake   Management
Vohn Higginbotham   Composer
Kenny "Koonga" Martin   Composer
Karlston "Ice" Ross   Composer
Andrae Alexander   Composer
Sound of the City Music   Producer

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