Posts Tagged ‘Phonte Coleman’

The Breaks: This Week in Local Hip-Hop

Two tracks about the struggles and tragedies facing people of color in America today

How the Trio of KING Wrote Its Warm, Soulful Debut Album

My first slow dance as a married man was to "Hey," a magnificent love song by KING, the Los Angeles-based trio of Anita Bias and twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother. After the reception, people wanted to know just who that was, and where they could find the track.
Here you go: KING's 2011 EP, The Story, was [...]

Akil Nadir, Who Influenced the Course of D.C. Hip-Hop, Dies

Akil Nadir was the Philosopher King, the straight-ahead MC known for his battle rhymes and sophisticated bravado. To his friends, he was Claude Lumpkin, an educator and father who let his heart speak through the music (and on his funny blog).
The veteran D.C. rapper died this weekend. He was 34.
As word spread of Nadir's death, his peers [...]

Artists Remember Chuck Brown, “The People’s Champ”

There's a YouTube clip from a few years ago in which Philadelphia songstress Jill Scott appears to be completely overcome by admiration. She's in the middle of her set at the Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion, and she's about to perform with Chuck Brown.
"When I heard that band and those drums, I [...]

…just visiting three by Zo!, Reviewed

In this era of flashy skinny-jean music, someone like Silver Spring's Zo! could get lost in the shuffle: His brand of glossy soul music is more suited for aging two-steppers than bright-eyed adolescents. There are no explicit sexual references. No one's smoking weed, popping bottles, or getting killed.
The Detroit native is the opposite, opting for [...]

Don’t Expect Midgets or Tightrope Walkers at Tomorrow’s Foreign Exchange Show

By now, you probably know the story of The Foreign Exchange—Phonte Coleman and Nicolay Rook met on the message boards at Okayplayer and began trading files over the Web. The result was Connected, their debut album that found 'Te wielding his razor-sharp lyricism over Nicolay's blend of spacey, atmospheric production.
The duo performs tomorrow [...]

Reviewed: Authenticity by The Foreign Exchange

Gentlemen, raise your hands if you've been here: You meet "the one," that woman who you just know is the best thing you've ever encountered. Then, you embark on what promises to be an astonishing love affair of deep infatuation and refreshing spontaneity.
But soon you analyze the relationship and aren't thrilled with what's there, and you're [...]

Reviewed: SunStorm by Zo!

There's a moment near the end of the martial-arts film The Last Dragon in which the protagonist Bruce Leroy realizes he has "the power," an unmistakable, self-actualizing glow that enables him to conquer obstacles (and catch a bullet in his teeth). Lorenzo Ferguson, a Silver Spring-based producer, is basking in his own Leroy-style aura. Here's [...]