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With rapper Phonte (one third of the very good group Little Brother) on the mic and Dutch producer Nicolay on the beats, this record really soars. The music is VERY Jay-Dee-esque, to the point of almost sounding like the nicer Slum Village stuff, but with more spread. The influences are apparent in some cases, but even a Prince-like track makes the cut and the album has great sonic range and depth. It's lush, atmospheric and chock-ful of great ear candy that makes you wonder what the heck is in Netherland's water.
The lyrical content ranges as well, but it's certainly not out of line to suggest that it's a feel-good record. Lots of references here to love and relationships (even the cover has a couple kissing on it in the rays of the dipping sun) and stories of a maturing person, and not the jaded rapper style we've all just about heard enough of.
With some keyboards playing, singing and mad arrangements that are allowed to breathe as they unfold, "Connected" does exactly what it implies: plugs you in to the bigger picture of life and what's important.
I always have trouble in trying to describe the production of Nocolay. Many of his beats sound like they use elements of The Nutcracker Suit or Pete and The Wolf (I'm not sure that helps a lot of people out). They are smooth, well laid out tracks, yet far from any other hip-hop production I've herd.
The beat for Title Theme gives you a pretty good feel for the kind of production that is going to follow in the rest of the album.
Vons Sees is a track featuring a short rhyme by, well Von Pea and unfortunately is forgettable. The real album starts on Raw Life when Phote finally drops over a head nodding beat. Joe Scudda also contributes the second verse and comes off pretty well. But, a distorted Phonte comes back on the track to rip it up ("I speak with no prejudice/ You thought kissing ass was in my blood type, O Negative").
Hustle, Hustle is another well produced track, the chorus with some infectious jazzy horns. This track features Critically Acclaimed, Phote only can be herd in the background of the chorus. The group holds there own, but the beat hear steals the show.
Let's Move is a Little Brother union of Big Pooh and Phonte, as well as the following track Nic's Groove, which not surprisingly enough is one of the better tracks. The two mesh perfectly together over Nicolay's beats just as well as they do over 9th Wonder's.Read more ›
I'm a fan of everything from Scarface to Talib Kweli, and this CD deserves to mentioned in the same breath with anthing either of those artists have released. Guest appearances include neosoul singer Yahzarah, Big Pooh, and various members of the Justus League crew (who have won regular praise from Hiphopsite and OkayPlayer). Highlights include the first single, "All That You Are," which will break your neck, and...well...the entire album. There's nothing on here I can really say anything bad about.
What makes this CD most amazing is that the entire thing was recorded without Nicolay or Phonte ever meeting. Nicolay sent Phonte beats over the Internet and they made it happen like that. Fans of the Roots, De La Soul, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Blackalicious and like artists will be pleasantly suprised.
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I know I am late in owning this album but the first one I have owned is Leave It All Behind, which I had purchased some years ago and I love it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tara G
Life has its ups and downs and I feel that is a message that can derived from this album. Not in that it's hit and miss, but that to continue living we must learn to remember, but... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adrian P
I'm a fan of this group - so bascially anything they put out I'm going to buy and like. So there you go.Published on May 26, 2013 by S. Ceasar
This is a splendid musical effort by Phonte and Nicolay that totally delivers. This CD has a raw groovin' element to it, the kind that makes you move deep in your soul. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Dara
I recently stumbled across this album literally 3 weeks ago. I am a huge fan of Little Brother which comprises of emcee's Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh as well as super producer 9th... Read morePublished on June 22, 2009 by Ray-Review
Pandora hipped me to the Foreign Exchange. My channel played Come Around and I was hooked. Just ordered the CD on line. Now that I have heard more I am waaay in. Read morePublished on October 18, 2008 by L. A. Noel