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Format: CD
Sku: 223705196
UPC: 616892178064
UPC 14: 00616892178064
Release Date: 9/27/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dance in the Reign ~ Phonte
2. Good Fight, The ~ Phonte
3. Everything Is Falling Down - (featuring Jeanne Jolly) ~ Phonte
4. Not Here Anymore - (featuring eLZhi) ~ Phonte
5. Eternally - (featuring Median) ~ Phonte
6. Sendin My Love ~ Phonte
7. Ball and Chain ~ Phonte
8. To Be Yours ~ Phonte
9. Gonna Be a Beautiful Night - (featuring Carlitta Durand) ~ Phonte
10. We Go Off - (featuring Pharoahe Monch) ~ Phonte
11. Life of Kings, The - (featuring Evidence/Big K.R.I.T.) ~ Phonte
12. Who Loves You More - (featuring Eric Roberson) ~ Phonte

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Chris Boerner; Phonte.
Muze PNote Recording information: East Wing Studios, Silver Spring, MD; The Burlap Palace, Raleigh, NC; The Peanut Gallery.
Muze PNote Photographer: Chris Charles .
Muze PNote 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

Engineer: Chris Boerner; Phonte

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Sy Smith
Muze Guest Artist Jeanne Jolly
Muze Guest Artist Elzhi
Muze Guest Artist Median
Muze Guest Artist Carlita Durand
Muze Guest Artist Pharoahe Monch
Muze Guest Artist Evidence
Muze Guest Artist Big Krit
Muze Guest Artist Eric Roberson

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
Artist Followers
Drake (Rapper/Singer)

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Undun(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Wanna Snuggle(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations How I Got Over
Muze Music Compilations How I Got Over (Explicit Version)
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Muze Music Compilations Layover(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Persona

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/27/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : HBDCDPH 1
Music Label Name Label : Foreign Exchange Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00616892178064

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Phonte
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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