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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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Refuse to Overhype

What does it take for an album to be a classic? Pure and simple it has to be timeless.For example I listen to Watch the Throne, good album but I won't see myself listening to it 5 years from now. Why? The lyrics are not timeless, the production lacks depth and the content isn't real. Who the hell cares about Mazzaratis and 500 shirts? I can't afford that crap I can't relate to it. But who can relate to relationship problems, the struggles with day to day living, interfamilial issues? I do, 99% of us do. What Watch the Throne and many other albums lack in genuiness, Phonte embodies with Charity. It is like a commentary on life put over wonderful production with some slick word play and great singing. This album is timeless. Call it the Ohio Players of hip hop. I put this next to How I Got Over, Midnight Marauders, Illmatic and just as recently J. Cole's new album, Me Against the World..... Phonte has something special in a muscian, he hits the soul without lacking comlex hip hop form. We Go Off is an instant classic, while The Good Fight we will playing years from now, so heartfelt. The only thing this album lacks is 3 more tracks!

Good stuff

Been waiting for the album, not disappointed, good stuff. Dope beats, dope rhymes. What more could you ask for.

Knuckles Davison

i needed this . thank you Phonte.


Born: December 29, 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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