Raheem DeVaughn and Wes Felton talk exclusively to Beat-Town!

After interviewing Tech N9ne, Wyclef Jean and Problem earlier this year, Beat-Town is back with another -very special- interview with The CrossRhodes. The CrossRhodes consist of the Grammy nominated R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn and the experienced rapper/poet/actor/teacher Wes Felton. The duo recently released their latest album titled “Footprints On The Moon”.

Check out the full interview below:

Beat-Town: We would like to thank you for doing this interview with us. It’s nice to have you here. You just released a new album, “Footprints On The Moon”. Are you happy from the final output of your album?

Raheem DeVaughn: Peace was going on. We don’t really have a concept really when these albums are conceived. You know. It starts with a song title. you know. I thought I was supposed to go in the direction of creativity and it’s with a project like this in particular you never know how it’s going to come out. Or how I was going to be received. But overall definitely I’m happy with the outcome you know. How this time it was created to disrupt the culture. You know… make people feel uncomfortable. But you know, talk about the ugly things that you know we are seeing in Society as Americans and where we are in the world through a lens & scope as two black men living in America

Wes Felton: Yes. I am happy with the final output. I feel that the world is at a place where new sounds and subjects are easier to promote. America’s Resistance Movement is a very diverse community now.

BT: What should your fans expect from this project?

RD: Thinking about What’s my fans should expect from this project. I mean I think that you know it is kind of a soundtrack to the movement. It serves as the anthems for the new Civil Rights era you know what I mean…like I think we entering into a new Civil Rights era. The Changing of the Guard and what we need to know is where and when we will we have new leaders emerging. It is a lot of things we still trying to tackle the receive in this country and in this world and on this planet. We need to see change for the better. So I hope that’s what this message Sparks and I think that’s what fans can expect.

WF: They should expect content that will influence self-reflection and self-accountability.

ΒΤ: You have also released a mixtape in 2016. How did you come up with the idea of creating “The CrossRhodes” and when did you start collaborating?

RD: The CrossRhodes” well we started making music together over what’s 15 going on 20 years ago now. I think what drove us recently was the Baltimore uprisings as well as the St. Louis uprising. I knew that was an opportunity for me to Wes to get back together and start creating music again…to really make an honest music and play music that reflects upon a times.

WF: The collaboration started 15 years ago in Washington DC.

ΒΤ: What are your plans for the rest of the year and for 2018? Any plans regarding your solo careers?

RD: What are the plans for the rest of the year in 2018 any plans regarding solo careers… Definitely are plans on as far as me and Wes concerned. We will continue to expose people to our music globally. Hopefully jumping on a lot of different festivals and stuff like doing lecturing and touring and speaking engagements that makes sense. I have a lot of solo music that I’m going to be releasing you know after the new year and move forward. And I’ll be making enough music. I have enough music prepared for a decade…You know…including the future CrossRhodes project. So just expect a lot of music for me and Wes as solo artist as well as a group over the next decade.

WF: I am trying to get back into full-time acting. I am planning to move from DC soon. I am supposed to finish a new solo record but, I don’t have any current inspiration. I’m single so I dont have a woman to write about. I work part time at a restaurant, so there isnt much inspiration there. It is very hard for me to contrive or make imaginary art for the sake of business, fame or money. If I don’texperience it or feel inspired I don’t make art. I find another outlet to impact the world. Teaching is usually that outlet.

ΒΤ: How do you spend your time when you are not touring or recording in the studio?

RD: How do I spend time with I am not touring or recording studio…well me, it is typically family time you know being a father. I do a lot of community work. So you know when I’m not making music or doing things related to being like Raheem DeVaughn the Artist… just so you know, I’m in the major Raheem DeVaughn humanitarian.

WF: I spend my time alone or with my son Tobias. I go to Parent/Teachers conferences. I go to his basketball games and play performances. I also teach elementary, high school and college students acting and oratory lessons.

ΒΤ: What were your musical inspirations while growing up?

RD: My musical inspirations while growing up…probably would say, Marvin Gaye, Prince. In my later years you know The Roots, Jay-Z, Sade, The Fugees.

WF: My father was a Jazz pianist so while my peers were listening to New Edition I was listening to John Coltrane. When I rap, I am imagining that I am a saxophone playing a solo. Thats why I rarely lock into a set rhyme pattern. I want to pierce ,disturb and awaken the souls of people. Coltrane made me feel that way the first time I heard “Naima”. Besides Coltrane… I would say Hilton Felton Jr., Sammy Davis Jr., Gil Scott Heron, Teedra Moses, Prince, U.T.F.O. and Omar Lyefolk.

ΒΤ: Do you have any advice for upcoming singers and rappers?

RD: Advice for up-and-coming singers and rappers would be just make honest music; stay in your own lane; and challenge yourself in the creativity. You know…make sure that you know the stage performance supports and represents who you are. You know stage performances. Know everything.  Performing is everything! That’s how you make your money. So that’s a vital part of it. And make sure you talk about something you know. Make some music that matters.

WF: Decide what kind of human you want to be and then reflect that in your art. Be true to yourself or you always feel like your art is using you instead being controlled by you. Commit to your craft ASAP.

BT: We would like to thank you again for this interview. Any last words for your fans in Greece?

RD: My Last words for the fans of Greece….I can’t wait to get over there. I pray that you know we are on a Musical Journey and our art brings us to the world stage as over in Greece. Thank you for accepting our music (you know) for supporting the music. We can’t wait till to come and perform for you.

WF: Keep supporting Artist, Venues and Companies that reflect and support the citizens of the world.

Find The Crossrhodes:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-crossrhodes
Official Website: http://greatdebatetour.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crossrhodes368/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/crossrhodes368/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/301UTFSXGPzIFDIjipNKtU
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwa70bRB-emboUzNccypBuQ
Twiiter: https://twitter.com/crossrhodes368

Find Raheem DeVaughn:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/raheemdevaughn
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaheemDeVaughn/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raheem_devaughn/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/59NO6KX7wQCG7jGdtH1NtL
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Raheem_DeVaughn
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtE-6bpTPY74FPjUVNRQWsg
LOVE LIFE FOUNDATION: http://lovelifefoundationdmv.org/

Find Wes Felton:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wesfelton
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wesfeltondc/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Wellingtonfelton/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrYma5LKHreV_JpAIyLXucA
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6lXUrLH2yxNElmZUmqAoCS

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