Charity Starts At Home(Explicit Version) CD (2011)

Artist: Phonte

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Label HBD Label/ka
SKU 223705196
UPC 616892178064
UPC 14 00616892178064
Format CD
Release Date 9/27/2011
Author Phonte
Artist Contemporary 9th Wonder
Artist Contemporary Andr? 3000
Artist Contemporary Big Pooh
Artist Contemporary eLZhi
Artist Contemporary Invincible
Artist Contemporary J Dilla
Artist Contemporary Jean Grae
Artist Contemporary Median (Rap)
Artist Contemporary Random Axe
Artist Contemporary Tanya Morgan
Artist Contemporary Wale
Artist Follower Drake (Rapper/Singer)
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Boerner; Phonte
Lable Name Foreign Exchange Music
Released 09/27/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 52s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
UPC 00616892178064
Musical Guests
Sy Smith
Jeanne Jolly
Carlita Durand
Pharoahe Monch
Big Krit
Eric Roberson
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Chris Boerner; Phonte.
Recording information: East Wing Studios, Silver Spring, MD; The Burlap Palace, Raleigh, NC; The Peanut Gallery.
Photographer: Chris Charles .
Phonte Coleman of the defunct North Carolina rap duo Little Brother wears many hats: singer/songwriter, rapper, and, occasionally, comedian. Over the course of his career, it's been questionable which he wears best -- the adult contemporary/R&B outfit the Foreign Exchange pairs Netherlands producer Nicolay's warmly acoustic, Moog-driven production with Phonte's swooning singing vocals, which is quite a contrast from his aggressive, loosely percussive delivery as an MC over the hard-hitting boom-bap production of venerable hip-hop producer 9th Wonder. After three tremendous consecutive albums with the Foreign Exchange, his debut solo outing, Charity Starts at Home, is a well-balanced marriage of all of Phonte's musical inclinations. Phonte the singer, who gravitates to poignant love ballads, and Phonte the MC, who tends to relatable perspectives of family life and the working class, coexist here. It comes across as naturally human with a comedic twist, something that Phonte has always been good at. His brash sense of humor on "Sendin My Love" turns the internal conflicts of a married man into satire, while Phonte admits "I do this all for hip-hop! I'm lying like sh*t. I do this for my bills" on the album's opening track, "Dance in the Reign." Phonte also reunites with former fellow group member 9th Wonder on several occasions, namely on the standout "Not Here Anymore" (featuring rapper extraordinaire eLZhi) and an epic sample of Rose Royce's classic "Love Don't Live Here Anymore." Phonte doesn't stray too far from swooning R&B, though, as he sings a sentimental number over Zo!'s smooth piano riffs on "To Be Yours" and floats in anticipation on the ethereal duet "Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" with Carlita Durand. Charity Starts at Home proves that none of Phonte's talents are obsolete and he can merge all of them into one cohesive project that's as much of a treat as any of his other endeavors, if not more. ~ Andre Barnes
Artist Overview
A widely respected, down-to-earth rapper and singer -- as well as a producer, arranger, and engineer -- Phonte (aka Percy Miracles, El Tigallo) was a member of Little Brother, a trio that formed during the late `90s at North Carolina Central University. Within years of formation, Little Brother became the leading alternative rap group of their time. While LB were still thriving, Phonte established the Foreign Exchange with Dutch producer Nicolay. Little Brother disbanded in April 2010; within a year and a half, Phonte released his first solo rap album, Charity Starts at Home. ~ Andy Kellman
Disc 1
1 Dance in the Reign
2 Good Fight, The
3 Everything Is Falling Down - (featuring Jeanne Jolly)
4 Not Here Anymore - (featuring eLZhi)
5 Eternally - (featuring Median)
6 Sendin My Love
7 Ball and Chain
8 To Be Yours
9 Gonna Be a Beautiful Night - (featuring Carlitta Durand)
10 We Go Off - (featuring Pharoahe Monch)
11 Life of Kings, The - (featuring Evidence/Big K.R.I.T.)
12 Who Loves You More - (featuring Eric Roberson)
Product Attributes
Artist Phonte
Music Format Compact Disc

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