The Foreign Exchange is a hip hop duo consisting of American rapper Phonte Coleman and Dutch producer Nicolay. The pair first made contact over message boards on Okayplayer.com and began recording and sending music back and forth. Soon after, Phonte and Nicolay formed The Foreign Exchange without having ever met each other in person, hence the name Foreign Exchange.
The album, Connected, was released in 2004 and was a showcase for Nicolay's musical talents as well as an introduction to like-minded Little Brother affiliates who guested on the album. The album received strong reviews and the single, "Sincere" featuring YahZarah, was released with a promo video. In October 2008, the group released their sophomore album Leave It All Behind.
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"....and the ball game's over." - Walter A. Coleman, Jr.
Well, my good friends, we've reached the end.
I was going to give y'all the "Second Chances" joint for the last day, but I just got word last night that it may be getting used for a major project that's droppin later on this year. I'm happy for the exposure nonetheless, but I still feel like the father who promised his kids Jordans for Christmas and showed up with L.A. Gear's....lol
Oh well, what mo can a nigga do?
I didn't mean for this shit to turn into the "Three Weeks of Getback," but I severely underestimated how hard it would be to crank out 12 blogs in as many days a) during the holiday season, and b) between recording sessions, family time, Guitar Hero, The Wire....(shit gets REAL in episode 3, btw) I'm only human after all...
Either way, we've reached the end and I sincerely appreciate all of you for reading and taking this journey with us. A big shout out to all the producers and MC's who worked on the album, and an even bigger shout out to all the fans who keep us going. We've got much more music comin for '08.
P.S.-For those who missed the other leb'm days, Abraham Lainkin: h@@p://www.sendspace.com/file/nvtl62
"I know it sounds like an ending.....this is a beginning...." -Thomas Jones
Zo is like my musical brother from another. Our relationship goes back to around 2005 when we hooked up after an LB show in Ann Arbor. He gave me a copy of his instrumental album "Passion...Definition" and I was an immediate fan. This nigga is the KAING of 'Saturday clean up/Sunday driving/chillin on the couch and havin a draink with wifey' music. He's also one of the few producers I know that is able to walk the line between 'hip hop beatmaker' and 'trained musician,' and we constantly push each other to get better and work harder:
Zo: "Nigga, I played the hi-hats on that "Africa" joint live all the way through.."
Tigallo: "Nigga, I did six-part hahminy at the end with all that Marvin shit....six-part hahminy (c) Duck Matthews
Zo: "Nigga, I had to practice that bassline on "Holdin You, Lovin You" for days til I got it right...."
Tigallo: "Nigga, I had to squeeze my nuts to hit that high note on Take On Me..."
That competitive spirit and mutual love for music led to us doing a whole 80's EP together ("Zo! and Tigallo Love the 80's" coming soon), as well as him co-producing a joint for the upcoming Foreign Exchange album. "New" was originally done as the intro to Zo's (www.myspace.com/zo and *cough* www.myspace.com/zoandtigallo) forthcoming production album. I did it for him and sent it back, but Pooh heard it and was like, 'nigga we gotta have that one!'
By this time in the album, me and Pooh pretty much had all the other songs done, but still felt like it was missing *that* something. I thought 'Dreams' was a gorgeous song, but I wanted to end the album on a joyous note. I knew that if I woulda ended with "Dreams" y'all woulda been lookin at the CD player like this:
Looking back, I really don't think we could've done a better job of ending the record. Everything we wanted to say about our group, our careers, and lives in general up to that point; we put it all on the track.
Zo speaks on it:
God bless and good night,