In the spirit of Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder, Raheem DeVaughn proves that his “Love King” stature goes beyond the simplicity of man and woman and extends to his community and humankind. He’s connected with longtime collaborator Kenny Dope for “Final Call”, a song pregnant with pride, consciousness and concern that features veteran Chicago rapper Rhymefest paying homage to Black music’s lineage on the first mix.
The evolution of “Final Call” over the last two years has been fueled by the tragic murders of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride and countless others exposing the inconsistencies of the criminal justice system and simmering tensions in the Black community as a response. The second version of the song is stripped down to Raheem’s voice, piano and lush arrangement of strings as he laments about the end of the various ills that affect us as a global community.
Released in time for the Nation of Islam’s “Saviours Day” (February 21st – 23rd), Raheem Devaughn has written two songs challenging the foundation on which we stand, which is directly in line with Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s keynote address in Detroit this weekend.
“Final Call” is now available for purchase via iTunes and the video can be viewed below. In other Raheem DeVaughn news, the singer announced he will release a new mixtape “King of Love Land” on March 3rd and that he’s putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 2013’s A Place Called Love Land.