Interview by: Martin Bauman Having earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" as part of The Foreign Exchange, and recognition from the likes of Pete Rock and Ali Shaheed Muhammad throughout his career, it seems there's little left for Phonte to prove. Rather than fall into complacency, however, the Little Brother emcee sounds as inspired as ever on his latest solo effort, Charity Starts At Home. According to the Greensboro, North Carolina emcee/singer, he's "just getting started." The Come Up Show caught up with Phonte ahead of his show in Toronto this Saturday, and he opened up about his time in Little Brother, his work with Nicolay as The Foreign Exchange, and his solo album, among other things. Hit the skip to read the interview.
If you're tired of lyrical amateurism, this is the song for you. Three of the most talented lyricists of the hip-hop game come together on a fiery Khrysis production, that's very reminiscent of Dilla. Talib, Elzhi, and Phonte all do their thing but I have to say that Elzhi absolutely slayed this beat and he keeps proving time and time again that he is among the best lyricists of all time. What was your favourite verse/bar?
Before there was Drake switching between rapping and singing, there was Phonte. In fact, the North Carolina artist may very well be the pinnacle when it comes to the mastery of both. As part of The Foreign Exchange with Dutch producer Nicolay, Phonte flexes his singing skills and proves once again he's more than just a rapper who can sing. "Call It Home" is the first single off their upcoming album, Love in Flying Colors, and the single (available now on iTunes) comes paired with a B-side, "Pity" - you can listen to both here. The album itself is set for release on September 24th. For more on Phonte, make sure to check out our interview with him. Watch the visuals to "Call It Home", directed by Kenneth Price, below.
Dope production, lyricism, story-telling, thought-provoking subject matter, cohesiveness and overall substance are qualities that any hip-hop head would tell you encompasses “real hip-hop.” I could go on a personal diatribe on the term “real hip-hop”, but that’s not why I’m here typing this. What I am here to do is tell you about the night that was November 17, 2012 and the man that exhibited these hip-hop qualities on stage at the El Mocambo. Phonte Coleman, one-third of Little Brother and one-half of The Foreign Exchange, headlined a return concert in Toronto after fronting the Manifesto Festival bill last summer. Check out the full review by hitting the jump!
[Event X Contest] Droppin Knowledge presents Phonte (Little Brother) @ The EL Mocambo November 17th (Toronto)
On November 17th 2012 legendary emcee Phonte (Little Brother/Foreign Exchange) will be in Toronto at The El Mocambo to perform from his endless catalog of music that includes songs from his critically acclaimed album Charity Starts At Home to classic material from his Little Brother and Foreign Exchange collaborations. The night will also include performances from local artists KJ, The Antiheroes & Soul Khan from Brooklyn. This night is guaranteed to be a great night of dope music and real hip hop, don't wait until the last minute to get your tickets. This will definitely be a sold out event. What: Droppin Knowledge presents Phonte of (Little Brother/Foreign Exchange) with guests KJ, The Antiheroes & Soul Khan Where: EL Mocambo 464 Spadina Ave When: November 17th 2012 Admission: 19+ $20 Advance Tickets available at PlayDeRecord, Soundscapes, Adrift SkateShop & Ticketpicket.com Bonus Enter below for a chance to win two tickets to see Phonte on November 17th 2012 @ The EL Mocambo