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listen  1. DaykeeperThe Foreign Exchange featuring Muhsinah 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  3. All Or Nothing/Coming Home To YouThe Foreign Exchange featuring Darien Brockington 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Wanna KnowThe Foreign Exchange 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Sweeter Than YouThe Foreign Exchange 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. If She Breaks Your HeartThe Foreign Exchange, featuring Yahzarah 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Something To Behold [Explicit]The Foreign Exchange featuring Darien Brockington, Muhsinah 4:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Representative of how the Internet can aid in creating music, the Foreign Exchange started when Little Brother rapper Phonte heard a beat on by Dutch producer Nicolay and asked if he could lay some vocals over it. Nicolay agreed, and the song "Light It Up" appeared shortly after as the B-side to Little Brother's 2002 single "Whatever You Say." Relying ... Read more in Amazon's The Foreign Exchange Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Hard Boiled
  • ASIN: B001EICD8E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Explicit Version. Four years after the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, Connected, The Foreign Exchange are back with the highly anticipated sophomore set IN 2008 with Leave It All Behind. Consisting of singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online Hip-Hop community in 2002. After collaborating and building a rapport online via instant messenger for over a year, Nicolay (living in his native Holland at the time) and Phonte (a Raleigh, NC resident) completed their debut album before actually having met each other face to face.

Customer Reviews

Um, it's a good song...sometimes Yazarah voice annoys me but great effort.
Kay G.
I for one am very happy with this project, and I hope that the Foreign Exchange continue to develop in this truly creative direction.
Jivon Lee Jackson
Phonte's voice and lyrics fit the production perfectly and the way his vocals are arranged is near perfect.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Thomas L. Strickland on October 14, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
Why limit yourself? That's the lesson of The Foreign Exchange.

Yes, Phonte is still the brilliant MC we've come to know and love from Little Brother. He's still half of the very talented retro-duo known as Zo! and Tigallo. And if you've not given ears to his occasional Gordon Gartrell Radio Podcasts, you're missing out on commentary that is at once insightful and hilarious, all set to the found beats of DJ Brainchild. This should be enough for any one man, but Phonte has talent to spare. Which brings us to The Foreign Exchange.

Connected was an initial step in a particular direction. Leave It All Behind is the logical next.

Phonte and Nicolay give themselves over entirely to the concept of Leave It All Behind. It feels like this dynamic duo surveyed the current landscape of R&B and found it wanting. Too much plastic, too much "Love In This Club" nonsense, too many unnecessary guest spots, and not enough of that human-to-human contact that used to be the total objective of old school R&B. Sensing this need for something honest and real, they created Leave It All Behind.

Did they succeed? Mostly. Admittedly, the strongest single is the album opener. "Daykeeper" works on the senses like the work Tricky used to do with Martina Topley-Bird, like something intoxicating and evolving. The rest of LIAB -- with the possible exception of the titular closer -- is best experienced as a whole, from beginning to end. After all, this is a journey. To enjoy it, you need only to come along, leaving your own preconceptions at the doorstep.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stony on November 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
A fellow hip hop head told me about this album before I had a listen to it, his advice was to not bother because Phonte only raps on 2 songs. Well to say the least, I'm so glad I didn't listen and decided to make my own judgement. I didn't like the album at first with the exception of "Take off your Blues" but now that I've given it more ipod rotation, I can't stop listening to it. This album is so smooth and fresh- give it a chance and stop trying to make it live up to "Connected" after all, variety is the spice of life right?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott Woods on October 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In three words: buy it now.

This record is vastly different in concept and execution. Unlike some undertakings we could name, this one utilizes the skill set of the band (producer Nicolay and rapper-and-apparently-closet-singer Phonte of Little Brother).

The record is somehow both clearly a maturing marriage between the two talents that gave us the incredible mostly hip-hop affair "Connected" four years ago while being completely different from the first record.

Terence Howard stated in an interview focused on the release of his debut record that he was told that his record works because he went into the studio and no one told him what he shouldn't do. While Howard's record doesn't work under this premise at all, "Leave It All Behind" clearly does. Phonte isn't the best singer anyone could name but he sings and arranges in such a way that makes the songs completely his. It is the same phenomenon that Sade has built a career on, and the singer works his unique tone and solid arrangements to the record's advantage throughout.

With the mix of styles presented admirably by Nicolay there was a risk that the record would come off like an album of Prince Paul skits, but rest assured: both of these cats possess the chops and a clear ear for what works that this album is a genuine and serious contender for best R&B record of the year. Considering the field is littered with over-produced sound-a-likes that can barely manage an un-annoying single with no surprises and this record isn't, I feel very comfortable putting it on such a pedestal. The lyrical range of the record bears noting as well. At first glance it's a record full of love songs, and upon further investigation it still is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence Smith on October 16, 2008
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I was going into this expecting to hear Phonte rap 1st & foremost! I'm a huge Little Brother fan secondly. Nicolay is was an average producer until he started to evolve because I really liked that beats on that Nicolay & Kay- Time: Line. On Little Brother's last album did anyone seem to notice Phonte seem sorta kinda bored & uninspired? In my opinion right now as far as new guys in rap go he's prolly the 3rd best rapper behind Lupe Fiasco & Median(from his own Justus League crew). Back to this album I want to stress Phonte is NO Andre 3000, meaning he can actually sing & hold a whole album down w/o any tricks. This album reminds me A lot of D'Angelo's Brown Sugar & also some of Amil Larrieauxs 1st album Infinite Possibilites. It's a 5 outta 5. As of right now Phonte is the 2nd best singer/rapper I've heard behind Lauren Hill of course. This album is Classic and shows Phonte's growth as a Human Being & Artist. He's very sincere & Intelligent here w/ Nicolay. He does the singing stuff better than most who do it full-time (I.e. R. Kelly, Beyonce, & Avant) & I don't think that's an over exaggeration! A must have for 08'. Nicolay Is a better R&B producer than Hip-Hop producer maybe that a lane he should drive in more often .
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