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"He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world." In creating my new album "The Love & War MasterPeace," out March 2nd, I reflected heavily on the music of great artists like Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, and Stevie Wonder.  Each of these artists created powerful albums by combining the elements of social change and love. It's not everyday that albums like these are created. Using this knowledge, and with the invaluable help of Dr. Cornel West as a narrator, I set out to create a balanced album. The result is a collection of half socially conscious, half love songs that will hopefully touch the masses both mentally and emotionally. Balance and mastering inner peace are two underlying themes of the album. In this life we are in a constant search for inner peace. We long for it in all aspects of our lives, both personally and professionally. The truth is that we cannot have inner peace without balance. It seems that having too much or too little of anything completely throws off our balance, therefore limiting our inner peace. And as each one of us is unique, we each have a different path to our inner peace. Being an entertainer, my path to inner peace is engulfed in the music that I create. While it is therapeutic for those who hear it, it is equally therapeutic for me to create. As I strive to find balance in my life, I use my new album to demonstrate those struggles, the Love and the War. On my first single "Bulletproof" featuring Ludacris, I talked about the perils that are affecting our nation and challenging our societal norms. On my newest single, "I Don't Care," I talk about having a genuine love despite the naysayers. Both songs speak to two different types of struggles that we face in our daily lives; struggles that hinder our peace. We are all on a journey to mastering our inner peace. As I navigate my journey, it is my hope that you will take a few moments to yourself today to think of the things that bring you balance and peace. Cherish and nurture those things within yourself. To quote Mahatma Ghandi, "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world--as [it lies] in being able to remake ourselves." Best of luck on your journey. --Raheem DeVaughn
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BULLET PROOF By Raheem DeVaughn featuring Ludacris [Sing:] (Oh oh oh) Load It, Cock It, Aim and Shoot Load It, Cock It, Aim and Shoot Living like we bulletproof We bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang (I say) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (Oh) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot Some will die over oil Kill over land Charge you for taxes And Blame Uncle Sam Read you your rights And charge you for nothing Now who's really gangsta and tell me who's frontin' Murder your sons, Ravage your daughters Here overseas and across the waters Tanks and missiles Bombs and grenades Inject the land with guns and aids You betta pray to the most high or who ever you praise Politicians can't help you they puppets to slaves Trying to get paid and you are too Whatcha gone do when the gun is pointed at you (like bank robbers) Living like we bulletproof We bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang (bang, bang, bang, bang, bang bang) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (load it, cock it, aim and shoot) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (We gone die) Living like we bulletproof We bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang (bang, bang, bang, bang, bang bang) (I say) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (load it, cock it, aim and shoot) (Oh) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (Hey world) Get you a paper Turn on the news Ride through the hood I witness the blues How can you ignore it It's easy to spot it A trap house, a liquor store and your city's got it And my city's got it, and they city's got it This world is chaotic And love is symbolic So life don't get cherished, and our babies perish, and your babies perish Now tell me who's careless Now who should I pray to What should I pray for You can't pay the preacher for your redemption I know where we're headed I already read it The good book done said it (like cowboys and Indians) (We just) Living like we bulletproof (Yeah) We bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang (bang, bang, bang, bang, bang bang) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (load it, cock it, aim and shoot) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (We gone die, living) Living like we bulletproof We (we) bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang (bang, bang, bang, bang, bang bang) (I say) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (load it, cock it, aim and shoot) (Oh) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (We gone die, living) [Rap:] Luda They say tomorrow's not promised today But today I promise if we don't make our own way somebody'll take it from us Snatch it like rats to cheese So, lord help me please cause I rather die on my feet than to live on my knees Living like I'm bulletproof cocking the glock and aim n shoot My future's ever clear a 180 proof So I open the bottle then swallow my pride and drink the pain away I take shots and just lay up then fade away Dreaming of betta days Dreaming of betta pay, but we got our work cut out for us so we betta pray Pray to uphold the week, not for eternal sleep, but if I die I pray the lord my soul to keep Living like we bulletproof (woooo) We (we) bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang (bang, bang, bang, bang, bang bang) (I say) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (I say I load it, cock it, aim and shoot) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (We load it, cock it, aim and shoot) Living like we bulletproof We (we) bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang (bang, bang, bang, bang, bang bang) (I say) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (load it, cock it, aim and shoot) (Oh) We load it, cock it, aim and shoot (Oh lawd) LIVING LIKE WE BULLETPROOF Read more:
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