Raheem DeVaughn, who’s known for his “positive” anthems directed at black women, had to know that his new song, “She’s Single,” and video, it’s NSFW (not safe for work) video, would raise more than a few eyebrows.
“I wanted to create an image that was tasteful, but cutting edge, provocative, grown… real,” DeVaughn tells Vibe.com of the raunchy clip. “I wanted to have people guessing and jaw-dropping. I knew it was going to be big but I didn’t guess all this. I was curious to see just how many people are checking for me, but it looks like a lot of people are.”
“She’s Single” is from DeVaughn’s new mixtape ‘Jackin’ 4 Beats,’ and is a remake of Lil Wayne’s song “Single.” The singer says the song is not a cry for attention.
“It’s not a moment of desperation. Technically there ain’t no records to sell. It’s a free mixtape. I paid for the video to be shot myself. It’s just another way for me to display my artistry,” he explains. “I’m constantly reinventing myself. It’s a constant thing that I do. No diss to any of my homies, but I pay very close attention to what people say about me. I maybe saw five negative comments out of thousands. And what’s interesting is it was from dudes. But I made this for women. I made this for a woman to say that’s how I want to be loved down. And for the brothers who do ride with me I made it for them to say yeah that’s how I put it down.”
Check out “She’s Single”: