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Best known for his work with Little Brother and the cross-continental collabo project The Foreign Exchange, North Carolina emcee Phonte is a superstar in the underground despite never breaking through to the mainstream rap universe. While he's built a deep resume over the past 10 years, Charity Starts at Home is his first solo album, and it's a winner. As is his usual M.O., the lyrics focus on real-life, everyman issues, rejecting played-out gangster clichés and highlife fantasies in favor of more relatable tales. Simple but strong drums, thick bass lines, and nicely chopped loops make up the bulk of the production, with four tracks provided by his old LB running buddy 9th Wonder. "To Be Yours" and "Gonna Be a Beautiful Night" showcase his impressive crooning skills, "The Good Fight" addresses the economy and the working stiff’s daily grind, and "Ball and Chain" is a dedication to his wife. Guest spots are limited and high-quality, with strong features coming from Elzi (on the single "Not Here Anymore") and Pharoahe Monch ("We Go Off"), plus Evidence and Big K.R.I.T. on "The Life of Kings." 

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A really impressive album from Phonte. Can't wait to hear some more work from this guy, he is good


Born: 29 December 1978 in Greensboro, NC

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

While platinum certifications have eluded Phonte Coleman, he has built one of the richest and most consistent discographies in post-millennial hip-hop and R&B. The Greensboro, North Carolina native established himself in Little Brother, a Native Tongues-inspired trio that developed into the leading alternative rap act of the 2000s. Coleman became known for casually clever wordplay that projected vivid realism with rare depth and sharp humor. While the group was still thriving, he and Dutch multi-instrumentalist/producer...
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