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The CrossRhodes – Look At You

This sexy music video came out last month for Valentine’s Day, but couldn’t we could all use a little romantic boost on a Wednesday? The CrossRhodes, the sublime pairing of smooth singer Raheem DeVaughn and outspoken rapper Wes Felton, often tackle pressing social issues in their songs, but “Look At You”, from their 2017 album Footprints On The Moon, showcases amorous desires for the fairer sex on a night out at Marvin. Look out for some subtle cameos from DC’s rap scene lounging at the party.

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Top 5 Videos of 2018 #5: The CrossRhodes – Praying Prayers

If you happen to be a new friend of ours, every year we count down our favorite music videos of the year. Kicking off the top 5 is this powerful and emotional video from hip-hop and R&B icons Wes Felton and Raheem DeVaughn, aka The CrossRhodes.

“Praying Prayers”, from their comeback 2017 album Footprints on the Moon, uses the familiar names of black victims of police violence as emotional punctuation marks. “When the video was shot, 667 people were reportedly murdered by police officers since January 2016”, and the number is surely higher now. As we wrote in our original post back in March, “With so many huge problems besetting Americans of all races, creeds and orientations, we crave art to show us what’s important and the consequences of inaction, even if solutions remain elusive.”

DeVaughn next headlines the Kennedy Center’s festive New Year’s Eve Show with Backyard Band, so buy your tickets now while you can!

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The CrossRhodes – Praying Prayers

Freddie Gray. Korryn Gaines. Sandra Bland. Eric Garner. The now-familiar names continue ricocheting throughout “Praying Prayers”, the new music video from The CrossRhodes from their 2017 album Footprints on the Moon. The powerhouse duo of Wes Felton and Raheem Devaughn remind us that “When the video was shot, 667 people were reportedly murdered by police officers since January 2016” in the intro to the Xaivia Inniss video providing a taste of dangerous life on the streets. With so many huge problems besetting Americans of all races, creeds and orientations, we crave art to show us what’s important and the consequences of inaction, even if solutions remain elusive. Check out their recent appearance at Bob Boilen’s Tiny Desk for a delicious mix of concert, spiritual service and motivational rally.

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The CrossRhodes – America

Producer and rapper Wes Felton and three time Grammy nominated crooner Raheem Devaughn have prolific careers on their own, but their collaboration as The CrossRhodes stands out to fans of DC hip-hop from the golden era of the mid-aughts. The duo has reunited with the mission to use their conscious messages and prodigious talent to further the fraught conversation about race in America. Footprints On The Moon is their first album in many years, and its 2016 single “America”, released right before the election, recently got this powerful music video directed by Chris Scholar featuring poet Raquel Ra Brown. 2017 feels like many steps backward for communities of color in America, but songs like these give us hope for long overdue progress. Make some room in your busy December calendar for The 4th Annual Raheem DeVaughn & Friends Holiday Charity Concert at the Howard Theatre on Thursday December 21st.

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