Posts Tagged ‘Phonte’


R&B and Soul are two of my favorite genres of music.  Emotional, vulnerable, honest, danceable and inspiring, a good R&B album will make you feel a connection to each track.  A great R&B album will serve as a soundtrack to your love life’s most pivotal experiences.  The new album from The Foreign Exchange will tell the story of your love in many hues.

Love In Flying Colors is the fourth album from the duo composed of front man/singer/rapper Phonte and producer Nicolay.  If you’re familiar with FE, then you’re well aware of the magic these two (along with other talents of the FE imprint) have conjured up since their inception.  I still find myself in awe over their introduction to each other and just how transforming music in the Internet Age can be.  The two have created an intense platform for independent artists and continue to demonstrate an organic connectedness to their listeners and supporters.  This new album is no exception.


Alright, people.  Robert Glasper has blessed us with the first track from his upcoming Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EPFeaturing production from 9th Wonder and added vocals from Phonte, “Afro Blue” has now been transformed into a “fly love song,” sprinkled with soft flutes and Tigallo’s mellow lyrics.  Black Radio Recovered drops on Oct. 9.


Phonte, along with the talented Carlitta Durand, drops his new video for “Gonna Be a Beautiful Night,” one of my favorite joints from Charity Starts at HomeThe visuals of interlocking fingers, chivalry, deep eye contact, and intimately placed hands are date night personified.  Featuring jewelry designer Rachel Stewart and her beau, the video evokes such romantic feelings, it’s impossible not to love every minute of it.



“Who said niggas in the South can’t rap?”  Big Sant, along with King Mez, Tito Lopez and Phonte, answers that question as only a true Southern rapper can: cool as shit with a country twang.


Some of the best news I’ve heard this week, the official release of Robert Glasper’s Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP drops on Oct. 9.  Glasper’s most recent release, Black Radio (still in heavy rotation, btw), is a beautiful melding of jazz, hip hop and soul, so there’s no doubt that The Remix EP will maintain that same level of genre intermixing.  With production credits from 9th Wonder, ?uestlove and Georgia Anne Muldrow, additional vocal stylings from talents such as Phonte, Black Milk and Solange Knowles, this reworking should be well worth the anticipation.  Check out the tracklisting and lil’ performance from The Robert Glasper Experiment with the lovely Lalah Hathaway under the cut. (more…)

With building anticipation of Black Radio (which will be in stores tomorrow, 2/28), a healthy sample of what’s in store from The Robert Glasper Experiment has been mixedrecorded and packaged up nicely, thanks to Frolab & All the Way Live.  The live recordings come from shows in NYC, Paris and Montreux with appearances from Yasiin Bey, Bilal, Phonte, and some other nice additions.

Download the mixtape here.

Peeped @ Okayplayer.


I’m a huge fan of “blue-collar lyrics”–lyrics that resonate in the everyday (wo)man’s working spirit.  And right now, Phonte is diligently providing a voice for the 9-5ers.  “The Good Fight” (produced by 9th Wonder) comes from Phonte’s debut album, Charity Starts At Home, which, by the way, is one of the realest albums of 2011.

Get into this Kenneth Price-directed video that highlights the rise and grind of the working middle class.

How can you not rock to a production that includes samples from such a classic as “The Wiz”??  9th got down on this one.  “Flash and Flare” comes from Little Brother’s mixtape The Chittlin Circuit 1.5.  I think I’m gonna have to start a petition to bring Little Brother back?  Will you sign it??

If you need a reminder on Emerald City’s fly opulence and 9th Wonder’s inspiration, check out the clip under Little Brother.  And skip to the 3:15 mark for the “flash and flare”.