Frontman Phonte, meanwhile, branched out as half of The Foreign Exchange, an ambitious collaboration with Dutch musician/producer Nicolay; together, the pair compiled an album through instant messaging and trading sound files. The 2004 debut, Connected, was one of the best hip-hop albums of the decade, a lush, seductive masterpiece that perfectly fused laid-back soul with thoughtful, introspective, melodic hip-hop. The Foreign Exchange shocked many people by picking up a Grammy nomination for best urban/alternative performance for "Daykeeper" from its 2009 follow-up, Leave It All Behind, which abandoned hip-hop altogether in favor of R&B and soul, focusing on Phonte's singing. This year, Phonte reunited with the remaining half of Little Brother, Big Pooh, to release Leftback, the group's fourth and purportedly final album. The A.V. Club recently spoke with Phonte about ending Little Brother, music-industry bullshit, and beefing with 9th Wonder on Twitter.
Continue reading The A.V. Club interviews Phonte
The Foreign Exchange played The Masquerade in Atlanta last friday and photographer Paul Abrahams was there to capture some of the magic.
AllHipHop.com: Your last CD was in 2008, are you planning to release any new music?
Nicolay: Yazarah (a fellow collaborator) has been touring with us and has been featured on all of our albums. She is actually one of the first artists that we are coming out with on our imprint. We are working on a new album for The Foreign Exchange for the fall. We definitely have a lot of music coming out this year.
Continue reading The Foreign Exchange: Class In Session; Music 3000 (via Allhiphop)
The Foreign Exchange's show at a sold-out Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco last September was professionally filmed by a crew from Pandora for the Pandora Video Series. The resulting footage is some of the Leave It All Behind era's best yet! Directed and edited by Charlotte Buchen for the Pandora Video Series
The readers of SoulTracks have nominated The Foreign Exchange's Grammy nominated song "Daykeeper" (feat. Muhsinah) amongst the Greatest Songs Of the 2000s! You can click here to vote. When the voting is all done, SoulTracks will post the 100 Greatest Soul Songs 2000-2009.
Enter now for your chance to win tickets to see The Foreign Exchange LIVE at The Masquerade in Atlanta, courtesy of SoulBounce and album prize packs, courtesy of FATSRight now there are a couple of different giveaways going on for the Atlanta area in celebration of our return, on May 21 to The Masquerade, in over 1.5 years. We are looking forward to seeing all of you out there and best of luck to all those that enter.
Win tickets to see +FE live via SoulBounce
We're capping off our week of giveaways with something special for our Atlanta Bouncers. The Foreign Exchange is coming to town on Friday, May 21st, and we're hooking up two Atliens with a pair of tickets each to see the show. As folks who've already seen The Foreign Exchange live can attest, their concert is not to be missed. Phonte, Nicolay, YahZarah, Darien Brockington and Zo! break it down for it to forever be broke on stage. They'll be hitting the Masquerade and unless you want to miss out on a great night filled with even greater music, then you need to hit the show, too. To lock down your attendance, tickets may be purchased via Ticketmaster. However, if you're in it to win it, then hit the bounce to enter.
Win album prize packs via From Afros To Shelltoes
As you ponder the perfect jams for the cookout at Craig's house or the remedy to chase the "over due bill blues" away, we have the perfect soundtrack for all occasions. In support of The Foreign Exchange show May 21 @ The Masquerade (Atlanta, GA), From Afros To Shelltoes (FATS) will lace two (2) lucky winners with the following FATS Prize Packs courtesy of our play cousins at The Foreign Exchange Music:
FATS Prize Pack 1: Nicolay - City Lights Vol. 2: Shibuya