Raheem DeVaughn's third album, "The Love & War MasterPeace," has only been out nine months, but the R&B singer is already giving birth to it successor.
DeVaughn tells Billboard.com that he'll "definitely be putting out a project some time in 2011," with the title "A Place Called Loveland." He promises that it will be" very consistent with what I've put out so far" and also give fans an even more intimate glimpse into his thoughts and feelings.
"I feel like every artists has a place in their mind, this place where they exist artistically," DeVaughn explains, "And I just want to take people to mine, and my place is called Loveland. In Loveland there's no war and there's peace. Of course, there's beautiful women and lovemaking and all those good things. It's kind of like my planet in your eardrums.
"When you make timeless music, and I like to think that's what I'm doing, the fun part is picking the songs. You can clip and flop and mix and match, and when the record is timeless and it feels good, you know it's going to have the same appeal whether you put it out now or 10 years from now. That's what I'm about."
DeVaughn says the album will be culled from "a vault of songs" he maintains that usually numbers between 40-50 possible tracks for album consideration. He hopes to have rapper Common be part of the project but demures on mentioning other possible guests. "I don't want to ruin it and just throw it out there yet, or speak prematurely," DeVaughn says. "There won't be as many features as ('...MasterPeace'), but definitely there will be some features on there where people will say, 'OK, this person's on there, so let's see what the album sounds like.' "
The material, he adds, will continue to try to strike "...MasterPeace's" balance "a level of consciousness" and "the bedroom songs" on which he's staked his reputation.
"That music is...relevant, and it's needed, he says, "but it feels good to be able to talk about some stuff, socially conscious issues similar to what Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield used to do. Let's not forget about the soldiers in Iraq. Let's not forget about the homeless people or the people who are unemployed. They need a voice, too. I just try to tie all of that into the music."
DeVaughn, meanwhile, continues to support "...MasterPeace," which debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart when it came out in March. It's launched the hits "Bulletproof" (with rapper Ludacris guesting) and "I Don't Care," but DeVaughn has started "working records on my own" from the album, including promoting "The Greatness" to radio and shooting videos for "B.O.B." and the bonus track "Hopeless Romantic."
"It's a world now where you don't necessarily have to be on the radio or be on the TV to be a star," says DeVaughn, who also operates his own 368 Music Group label. "Your audience can find you and find the music. I'm very big on content. I kind of feel like content is king and will continue to be that, so I'm just going to give the fans what they want."