Singled Out: "Me & Styles P, We Have A Great Synergy"
Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 12:15AM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After The Director Bro's Josh & Ryan decoded Wale's "Back 2 Ballin'" music video, R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn breaks down his Styles P-assisted Trayvon Martin tribute, "Trigga Man."]
The "Trigga Man" song was recorded about six months ago. I originally recorded the record back then. I have a radio show and I had Kendrick Lamar on my show, so it was right around the time that he had released his album.
I had actually made an attempt to send him the record but I never really got a response from his camp, so I just sat on the record and I started working on some things for Styles P. I did a record for him, myself and Curren$y for a mixtape that came out a while ago.
Me and Styles P, we have a great synergy. He's like my brother, so we've been sending a lot of songs back and forth. So this was one of the records that I thought Styles would be dope on it. He's very outspoken.
So I reached out to him and he did his verse. It's important to know that this isn't something we did after the [Trayvon Martin] trial started or the day after the verdict was read. We were kind of sitting on this record for a minute and watching the trial, not knowing the outcome, I just felt like it was something the world needed to hear.
Whether the situation is Trayvon Martin dying or black on black violence, when you kill a person, you're killing a generation. So it's not just about that. It's not just the individual, you're killing a generation.
You're kiling a legacy. There's so many different things that person could be or what those people could be.
The reception has been good. People have been running up and stopping me in the street. People have been saluting me on Twitter and Facebook asking how they could purchase the song. That's not really what it's about to me, it's about getting the message out there.
Whether releasing an R&B mixtape or a full-length album, working on his own project or helping new artists realize their dreams, Raheem DeVaughn continues to explore different ways in which he can spread love through music. In June 2011, he launched his own Internet radio program, "The Raheem DeVaughn Show," on www.blis.fm/raheem that airs every Sunday night. The two-hour show not only features all things Raheem it brings a perspective of what's going on in the world, while blending elements of lifestyle and pop culture for all listeners to appreciate.
Check out "Trigga Man":