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AllMusic reviews 'Tigallerro'

by +FE on July 29, 2016 at 10:42 AM · Comments
This duo's association goes back to 2007, when neither artist could refer to himself as Grammy-nominated. Phonte, then "Phonte of Little Brother," added a verse to Roberson's "Been in Love..." Phontigallo and Erro reunified a few times after that, heard on tracks like Phonte's "Who Loves You More," Roberson's "Picture Perfect," and Zo!'s "We Are on the Move." Almost a decade after their first collaboration, the two completed Tigallerro, an album they began plotting in 2013 but were unable to complete -- due to work and life conflicts -- until 2016. Outfitted with references to Run-D.M.C.'s King of Rock and Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, it's an album that should be filed in the genre of the latter, though Phonte, at Roberson's behest, raps a few verses. Roberson also rhymes a couple times and does so without overextending himself, offhandedly boasting in the opening "It's So Easy" about fatherhood and creative independence, two states that also apply to his partner, a fellow major-label survivor. Seemingly created without fuss, Tigallerro is made of relaxed yet moving grooves, supplied by a cast of over of a dozen, that often evoke sunny and carefree Saturday afternoons. The two occasionally play around with some commercial trends, but they remain themselves, as grown men who descriptively sing about everyday romantic highs and lows, whether they're recalling contentment or regretting transgressions. Some of the cuts flow with such ease that the depth is easy to miss. On the surface, "Never the Same Smile" unfolds blissfully as Phonte and Shana Tucker trade lines, but then the wistful quality of its Foreign Exchange production cuts through as the song's heart, unrecoverable perfection, becomes apparent. On the closing "Something," over a Daniel Crawford production that is somehow fluid and chunky at once, Phonte and Roberson modestly attest their faith in serenely uplifted fashion. Tigallerro is also a testament to Phonte's growth as a songwriter, arranger, and singer. Roberson is the one with the deeper R&B background, he has no trouble acknowledging the development. He merely accents the Sheldon Williams collaboration "3:45," an early-morning slow jam -- one with a slight lilt recalling Zapp's "Be Alright" -- that contains an exceptionally sweet and open-hearted Phonte lead. Who in the aughts could have imagined WJLR putting such a thing on rotation?
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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at The Canal Club, Richmond VA | Sept 16, 2016

by +FE on July 25, 2016 at 9:53 AM · Comments


Friday, September 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM
The Canal Club, 1545 E Cary St, Richmond, VA 23219 | (804) 643-2582

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at The Promontory, Chicago IL | Aug 27, 2016

by +FE on July 23, 2016 at 12:21 PM · Comments


Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 3:00 PM
The Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60615 | (312) 801-2100

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Detroit MI | Aug 26, 2016

by +FE on July 23, 2016 at 11:51 AM · Comments


Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis IN | Aug 21, 2016

by +FE on July 20, 2016 at 4:42 PM · Comments


Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 6:00 PM
The Hi-Fi, 1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203 | (317) 493-1209

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at The Greenwich, Cincinnati OH | Aug 20, 2016

by +FE on July 20, 2016 at 11:30 AM · Comments


Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 6:00 PM
The Greenwich, 2442 Gilbert Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45206 | (513) 221-1151

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at Vinyl, Atlanta GA | Aug 18, 2016

by +FE on July 19, 2016 at 10:11 AM · Comments


Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Vinyl, 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309 | (404) 885-1365

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at Bethesda Blues, Bethesda MD | Aug 11, 2016

by +FE on July 19, 2016 at 9:47 AM · Comments


Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Bethesda Blues, 7719 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814 | (240) 330-4500

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at Warehouse Live (Ballroom), Houston TX | Aug 6, 2016

by +FE on July 18, 2016 at 12:11 PM · Comments


Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Warehouse Live (Ballroom), 813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX 77003 | (713) 225-5483

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Zo! + Carmen Rodgers at Sandaga 813, Dallas TX | Aug 4, 2016

by +FE on July 18, 2016 at 11:53 AM · Comments


Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 8:00 PM
Sandaga 813, 813 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226 | (214) 315-0741

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Phonte and Eric Roberson - It's So Easy

by +FE on July 8, 2016 at 7:52 AM · Comments
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Phonte and Eric Roberson - Tigallerro

by +FE on July 8, 2016 at 7:39 AM · Comments
Phonte and Eric Roberson - Tigallerro
The debut collaborative project between hip-hop/R&B veteran Phonte Coleman and the King of Independent Soul, Eric Roberson. The 10-song collection includes production by S1, Zo!, and DJ Harrison.
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