I want all hip hop fans to look in the mirror and repeat this mantra: ‘Rap didn’t change, I did.’ Accept this and be happy. — Phonte aka Phontigallo from The Foreign Exchange (and formerly of Little Brother)
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The Roots - Now or Never ft. Phonte & Dice Raw

A little motivation while I’m preparing for a job interview in a couple hours. Create change, don’t wait for it…

ArtistThe Roots
TitleNow Or Never ft. Phonte & Dice Raw
AlbumHow I Got Over
Check out the FREE EP that Brother Ali released today.  I still need to give it a thorough listen, but I can’t get enough of that first verse on track 3…Phonte does it again!

Check out the FREE EP that Brother Ali released today. I still need to give it a thorough listen, but I can’t get enough of that first verse on track 3…Phonte does it again!

Even though I had to roll solo to this show back in ‘08, I’m glad I still went (I ended up running into the homies from Rhythm Natives so it worked out anyway).

I’ve been to a lot of hip hop shows, which can sometimes blur together, but this was definitely in my Top 10. As far as the overall fun factor, I’d probably rank this right at the top of the list. I’ve seen this clip a bunch of times and I still laugh at the intro (which is just as long as the song itself). Whether you know him as Phonte/Phontigallo from Little Brother, or Phonte Coleman from Foreign Exchange, he took us to church that night!

But let’s not forget who the real star of this video is though, which is the nostalgia of 90’s slow jams.

I love these two songs, Last Day & Next Day (but it’s combined into one video). It’s dope to see Phonte’s process from working retail to taking a risk and chasing his rap dream. Even if it’s not pursuing music, this is for all the folks taking the road less travelled…

[and here are the lyrics for the 2nd song, Next Day, which starts at 03:14]:

Walked outta Belk like, I was feelin brand new
Something I had never felt like, I had been emancipated
And it seem strange but deep down I know it felt right
Back to the crib, I went to tell my girl
And she just looked at me like, “N—-a, I already knew”
So we packed up the Nissan and went to Maryland
For the holidays, my son was bout to be two
Fresh out of a job, what’s a n—-a to do?
So I called Beni B., he shot n—-as some loot
So thankful to God that I was able to pay rent
Met Kev Brown, did the “Can’t Stay Away” shit
Went back home with out pockets butt-naked
Times got tight, we ain’t know if we would make it
Met with the label who decide that now we
We’ll do the first Little Brother tour through Cali
Maaaan! Shit was whack as hell
We was for “The Big Throwdown” like Le-vert
Me, Pooh, 9th, I.D., and Malachi
In the crowded-ass van filled with ugly-ass T-shirts
Dealin with the label drove Tiggalo bizzerk
So when we got home, I put my foot on the flo’
Said, “I ain’t doin this management shit no mo’”
Gave the call to my n—-a Big Dho, let’s get it
We started makin money doin some travelin
But at home, my family life was steady unravelin
Me and ol’ girl wasn’t seein eye to eye
Just shackin up, layin thigh to thigh
Not in love, just “Fakin Jax” like I-n-I
She said, “Baby, you know I’ll go through the wall for you”
But when I stepped off the plane back from Portugal
She was gone, fuck it, y’all n—-as heard “All For You”
Came back to the crib, had to pack all my shit up
Cause that’s when we did our first tour with Hiero
Seem like everyday them n—-as stay high tho’
I love y’all, thanks for teachin us how to grind, yo
Came off the road with my name well-respected
Hit the studio, me and Nic finished “Connected”
Money in my pocket and a new apartment
And on top of that – now the major labels is watchin
Heeeey! It was the top of ‘04
And everythang seem to be movin in slo-mo
N—-as wanted a deal so bad, they can taste it
But everyday, it seem like it would be a no-go
With a palm that’s sweaty and hand that’s jittery
Signed, to Atlantic and the rest is misery
Oops! Freudian slip, I mean the rest is history
I”m just still a little hot, excuse my n—-ery
In the middle of makin “The Minstrel Show”
We was out one night, saw this thang that caught my eye
I like the way that she danced, like the way that she moved
Fly conversation and the way she thought was fly
She moved in and we got real close
And I can see that she was way above average
So we tied the knot, and my second son dropped
About, six weeks after the album did
Y’all n—-as know the rest, I won’t bore you widdit
“Minstrel Show” came and went; we went to war with critics
They said, “We wouldn’t make it as a two-man team”
But this is part of a two-man dream
That I had in my heart since I walked out the store
That’s what I did with my next day, whatchu gon’ do with YOURS?
Whatchu gon’ do with YOURS?
… and that’s what hap’n, peace!

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Here’s a 2007 holiday song from Phonte (formerly of Little Brother). With the exception of the “trifling” part in the intro, it’s a pretty good track. His rant about the Nintendo games, and especially Track & Field, brought me back!! Anybody else remember that game? You had to put the controller on a flat surface so you could bang the hell out of it in order to make your person move fast. My personal favorites were the Shooting and Taekwondo events since it didn’t require the fast tapping (my older brothers had a significant advantage so I didn’t stand a chance).

You can download the song here.

ArtistLittle Brother
TitleHOJ Holiday Jam
AlbumMyspace Jams