Raheem DeVaughn was born in New Jersey to cellist Abdul Wadud and his mother Imani Smith. He grew up in Maryland where he showed a love for music at an early age. He got his first experience in the musician lifestyle when he'd visit his dad in Georgia and attend gigs.
Despite going to Coppin State University, Raheem DeVaughn knew his love was music. He would cut class to write lyrics and record, and once stopped to harmonize with a group of street corner singers.
DeVaughn started his love for music at the bottom of the food chain, working at Tower Records putting price tags on CDs. At the same time, he toured clubs in Washington D.C. until he got a connection with Jerry Vines, who was managing Dru Hill. Vines had Raheem write a song for Dru Hill and helped him get a recording contract with Jive in 2002.
At Jive, Raheem DeVaughn released the album The Love Experience in 2005. From the album, the singles "Guess Who Loves You" and "You" both did well, reaching #38 and #53 on the R&B charts respectively.
Around the same time, Raheem began performing in the D.C. area under the moniker of Chronkite. He would hide himself during these performances, and used this as a way to continue his total love for music.
In 2008, Raheem released his second album, Love Behind the Melody. The album has had success with its singles "Woman" and "Customer" both making top 20 hits on the R&B charts.