Phonte ft. Median – Eternally (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 29th, 2012 by Hyphen

I’ve always been a big fan of when two dope MC’s can share a verse and trade lines back and forth, and that’s exactly what you get with “Eternally” off Phonte’s Charity Starts At Home.  Since it starts there, Tay and Median go door to door bringing that good music to the fine folks of North Carolina, complete with their bicycle helmets.  Hey, safety first!

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Phonte ft. Evidence and Big K.R.I.T. – The Life Of Kings (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 29th, 2012 by Hyphen

Evidence couldn’t make the video shoot, but no matter…MomTigallo held it down like a star. Another win for Tay and the FE Music homies.

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Phonte – The Good Fight (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 11th, 2012 by Hyphen

The newest visuals from Tay’s Charity Starts At Home album are for “The Good Fight,” a track that should resonate with many around the country right now.  On a personal level, it’s been interesting getting my career going the past few years while most of the US struggle with the recession and the aftermath of Bush’s disastrous reign.  Every time I watch the news (well, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report), it’s jarring to see and hear about all the problems facing our society and economy.

Meanwhile, I’ve managed to come up a bit, bought a condo, and have a job that I enjoy working for the best possible company I could imagine.  I’m not sure I could be any more blessed and I’m thankful that the issues Tay discusses on this record haven’t quite affected me like most folks.  Hopefully I can stay lucky and anyone reading this post can do the same.  Keep working hard and stay positive!  Good things happen to good people.

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The Foreign Exchange – The Last Fall (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 5th, 2011 by Hyphen

Maaaaaaan, I knew that dude looked like he belonged on an episode of Law & Order.  You don’t quite expect a video from Phonte and Nicolay to come in the form of visuals that could have doubled for “Kim,” but Matt Koza and Bruce Pinchbeck did an excellent job with this one.

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Foreign Exchange – Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on November 20th, 2010 by Hyphen

On that Inception type steez.  #authenticity.

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The ’94 Reggae Move

Posted in Artists, Comedy, Live Performances, Videos on July 7th, 2010 by Hyphen

I’ve been meeting cats in the industry for a decade now and I don’t think there’s anyone funnier than the homey Phonte.  His 90’s reggae impression is on poooooooint.

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Zo! ft. Eric Roberson, Darien Brockington, & Big Pooh – This Could Be The Night (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 7th, 2010 by Hyphen

Strictly for the grown and sexy…

I still love that Zo! officially spells his name with an exclamation point at the end.  The Audacity! of dope.

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Little Brother – Curtain Call (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 23rd, 2010 by Hyphen

Damn, watching this clip was like watching the last episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air :(

But in all seriousness, Little Brother’s music as a group meant so much to me and played such an important role in my life from 2001 to now, it’s definitely sad that they’re ending the group (…at least for now).  Of course, on a positive note, Phonte, Pooh, and 9th will be making lots of great music in the years to come and judging by other group breakups and rapper retirements, I don’t know if I’ll give up all hope just yet…

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Strong Arm Steady ft. Phonte – Best Of Times (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 3rd, 2010 by Hyphen

Shout to the whole S.A.S. and of course the homey Phonte.  In Search of Stoney Jackson is one of the doper records in the past year, but that’s to be expected when Strong Arm links up with Madlib for a full project.  Cop that.

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Soon to be Grammy Family?

Posted in Artists, Videos on December 15th, 2009 by Hyphen

We can only hope!

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Phonte and Nicolay, collectively known as The Foreign Exchange, have been nominated for a Grammy Award for their song, “Daykeeper.”  Normally, I hate award shows and rarely care about the Grammys at all, mainly because they not only pick awful songs (big songs do not equal best songs) but they also nominate artists out of category too much.

Thankfully, and perhaps just by enough trial and error, they finally seem to have gotten something right.  With any luck, Tay and Nic will walk away with a Grammy in hand, completely independent and thanks to their passion for making great music they believe in.  Artists take note.

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