“We were sent to de niggatize you”
– The CrossRhodes
Claiming a revolution back in 2004 on songs like “Dreamin'” and “I Woke Up” from their socio-politically themed debut – the duo deftly blends the gifts of soulful crooner Raheem DeVaughn and the multi-hyphenate Wes Felton (poet, rapper, actor, film-maker). The CrossRhodes’ independent release was soon to be eclipsed by the commercial success of DeVaughn’s Jive Records solo debut, The Love Experience (2005). In the decade plus which has passed, Raheem would go on to cultivate an image as an R&B “love master”, selling hundreds of thousands of records, become nominated for two Grammy awards, and to win two BET awards for his solo work. Wes Felton continued his ascent as a wordsmith, developing his reputation as the “future funk-soul hero” collaborating with Eric Roberson, Sy Smith and Prince Paul among others, acting in political theatrical works at hallowed venues like the Kennedy Center and the Nyorican Poets Cafe, all the while performing and publishing two books of poetry.