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  • Audio CD (September 27, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B005EYP728
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dance In The Reign
2. The Good Fight
3. Everything Is Falling Down
4. Not Here Anymore
5. Eternally
6. Sending My Love
7. Ball And Chain
8. To Be Yours
9. Gonna Be A Beautiful Night
10. We Go Off
11. The Life Of Kings
12. Who Loves You More

Editorial Reviews

The multi talented frontman of Little Brother and the Foreign Exchange drops his long awaited solo album. Phonte Coleman is a Grammy nominated Artist hailing from North Carolina. In addition to his impressive body of work as part of rap group Little Brother. He has also achieved substantial critical acclaim as a singer and songwriter for the genre bending soul ensemble The Foreign Exchange. Anticipation for this solo album has been building for years as the ranks of Little Brother and Foreign Exchange fans have swelled over the last decade.

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It was a good album from start to finish.
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This album just gives you more of what you should expect from an artist...GOOD MUSIC!
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So don't hesitate on good music just get it while you still can!!!!

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Q. Pair on September 29, 2011
Format: Audio CD
"Classic" is a word that is thrown around by hip hop fans pretty often these days in refference to their favorite artists. That being said, I personaly chose to refrain from using the word unless I deem it absolutely appropriate to do so. With the long awaited debute from Phonte, Charity Starts At Home, I do believe that the world has been given a genuine, unblemished CLASSIC.

To me, a "Classic" album required two things: 1) You must be able to listen to it from start to finish without wanting to hit the skip button. 2)The content and lyrics of the songs must be timeless. In my opinion, Phonte manages to satisfy both of these requirements with flying colors.

Basically, this album has three types of songs on it. The first type is the standard braggadocious, lyrical muscle flexing rap that you'll hear from any rapper at some point, the second type is personal songs that give you insight on his life thus far. And man are they personal. the third type are the Foreign Exchange-y love songs. The braggy type songs, like "Dance In The Reign" "Not Here Anymore" "Everything Is Falling Down" "Eternally" and "We Go Off" allow Phonte to display his masterful manipulation of the english language, throwing together metaphors and double meanings that will have you sitting on the rewind button, while also maintaining that air of maturity in his lyrics which is rare to see in most rappers these days. Also in regards to these songs, three of the four of them have features, all of which are excellent choices for the songs they are on. The single, "Not Here Anymore" which features long time affiliate Elzi, is nothing short of a classic in itself.

The other eight songs on the album are all intimate glimpses into Phonte's life and his current mindset.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Scott Woods on September 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Determining what makes a rapper great can be difficult. It's always a moving target, and very few people have bothered to show their work. That said, I'm going to pull my soapbox out of the basement and state, unequivocally, that Phonte is one of the greats. His style is accessible but not juvenile (the rapper or meaning child-like). He's extremely versatile, with an uncanny natural rhythm regardless of the beat provided. His catalog has the depth of an extreme workaholic coupled with a level of quality that shows virtually no wear and tear on his craft. His vocabulary exposes an extremely prevalent intelligence. Most importantly, however: he raps about the things I care about at an extremely proficient level and in an engaging way.

His long-awaited debut album, "Charity Starts At Home", is ridiculously earnest: the things he sings about with Foreign Exchange are the things he raps about, and vice versa. While there is a LOT of Phonte out there, you are always getting Phonte as he IS. And if you go back over his catalog and note how some stances may have been different from phase to phase, these are not signs of hypocrisy...they are signs of growth. It is as if Phonte is incapable of a musical lie. If only every artist were as honest while not turning it into a corny refrain.

We are in no danger of that with this album. I'll answer the most asked question right out the gate: this is essentially a rap record. While there is a song on which Phonte ONLY sings ("To Be Yours") and two others on which he sings and does his own guest rapping ("Ball and Chain" and "Gonna Be A Beautiful Night"), that's about it out of a twelve-song set. This is not to say that if you only know him from fronting The Foreign Exchange you won't dig this album (hey, those people exist. I've met them).
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Haynes on September 27, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Phonte's solo album is nothing less than classic. I was expecting it to love it immediately and I did. It'll be in constant rotation at my house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Highsmith on October 18, 2011
Format: Audio CD
After Little Brother's "Curtain Call" and the r&b flavor of Authenticity, I was definitely curious to see what Phonte's next move would be. Then I began to hear word that Phonte would be making a solo album and that him and 9th Wonder had reconciled and they would be doing some work together on Phonte's solo debut album. I figured that I would hear an equal balance between what Phonte did with Little Brother and what he has done on the 3 Foreign Exchange albums. Surprisingly, with a few exceptions, Phonte sticks to rhyming. "Charity Starts At Home" gets off to a good start with "Dance In The Reign". Phonte sets the stage for what you should come to expect from the entire CD. You still get r&b hooks on some songs but the theme of the CD has Phonte displaying the fact that he can still rhyme with the best of them. Another reason why I can identify with what Phonte is talking about, because he is talking about what the man in their late 20s to mid 30s is dealing with in their everyday lives. This is definitely clear on my favorite track, "The Good Fight". I'm pretty sure a lot of folks have had days where they have come to work expecting to try to just get through their day and they end up hearing that the job plans to let people go soon or make some sort of drastic change to what they would normally do at work. Then once you hear that, you get this thought in your head of what you might or might not do and Phonte explains that in his own words. "Everything Is Falling Down" has Phonte concentrating on the witty wordplay that we have come to know from him.Read more ›
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