I know, I’m mad late on The Foreign Exchange. I was only introduced to this duo, Phonte (Rapper/Singer) and Nicolay (Producer), in the past few months by their new album Love In Flying Colors. I’ve been following Phonte as a rapper for a while now so I’m not sure how this missed my radar but I’m glad I picked up on it now because it showcases a whole other side of his talent that I never knew. Though people tend to categorize The Foreign Exchange as a Hip-Hop duo, there is very little Hip-Hop on this new album, except for maybe that quick 8-bar in ‘Right After Midnight’. Love In Flying Colors exposes much more of an Experimental Jazz and RnB essence, where much of the focus is on the production and melody. Phonte’s singing voice, unsurprisingly, has just as much flow as his rapping, and with the attenuation of words, his rich voice lingers pleasantly on the beat. As for Nicolay’s production, each track is crafted with intricate layering that is built together seamlessly so that our ears explore different musical perspectives without feeling overwhelmed. The album has elements from Hip Hop, House, Jazz and more, yet it never feels like it steers from it’s unique sound. For those who’ve been following The Foreign Exchange for a while, this album may be a little more experimental and jazzy than you would have expected but as a new listener, it got me hooked.
Label: +FE Music
LeBron James & Kevin Durant make it look easy in secret hip-hop track
Who knew Kevin Durant and LeBron James could spit that fire!
If you know the history of the game then you should be well versed in the fact that athletes want to be rappers slash hip-hop artists and hip-hop spitters want to be ballers. Like many before them, LeBron James and Kevin Durant decided to put their lyrical skills on display by coming together during the 2012-13 NBA lockout season to record one of the best joints ever released by a pair of NBA ballers. “It Ain’t Easy” recorded at Spider studios in Cleveland, Ohio, re-produced by Franky Wahoo and Stew Billionaire features Durant and James spitting some vicious bars over an ill-laced beat and a easy to digest hook that keeps your head nodding. Both NBA superstars rhyme about not being easy to reach superstar status and the sacrifices they had to make to reach their goals.
“Look, I cut me, I bleed out, dedication, hard-work, sacrifice, meditation. I meditate up on a goal that I’m trying reach/ Grinding all-day to the top and I ain’t trying to sleep / Come and get me, come and get me, I’m an animal cutting throughout your brain like a….” unloads Kevin Durant in the freestyles opening 16 bars
“It ain’t easy… on the path I’m on, but, put the world on my back because I’m that strong / Long journey I been on / from the very start no way I die off with thus Iron Heart”
“Single parents, just moms, dad gone / It’s all good pops you made a King strong.” empties Lebron James
Damian Lillard Illest splitter in the NBA
Portland Trail Blazers killed all the rumors about who is the best ill splitter in the league by dropping a mean freestyle (not off the dome) to a classic beat during his recent visit with “Sway in the Morning” at the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York City.
“Gridin in the gym / So I can live through the recession”
“I tried to y’all” – Damian Lillard
What did y’all think of the DAME’s lyric’s?
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