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The Foreign Exchange: Authenticity

Black VinylVinyl LP Record [2LP]
3.8 Stars (41 customer reviews)
Price: $15.50
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Picking up where their 2008 Grammy-nominated "Leave It All Behind" set left off, "Authenticity" is the group's most diverse work to date, with a tight, 11-track song cycle spanning the duo's trademark brand of lush electronic soul, to stripped down acoustic pieces that recall the heyday of 70's singer-songwriter driven folk.

Lead single "Maybe She'll Dream Of Me" is a playful, synth-driven hip-hop groove featuring a rapped verse from Phonte that evokes the band's "Connected" era, while the epic opener "The Last Fall" finds Phonte singing some of his most cynical lyrics to date ("Love is at worst an excuse/at best it's a truce...") over a frenzied Nicolay production jammed with layers of strings, guitars, and dense choral harmonies.

"I think every band reaches that point when they come into their own and find a sound that is distinctively theirs," says Phonte in reference to the album's title. "The title refers to me and Nic's journey to find our own unique space within this vast musical landscape. The biggest challenge as a musician is to find that 'thing' that makes you who you are. But I think we're getting there, and we're finding our way more and more with each record."

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1. The Last Fall
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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2. Authenticity
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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3. Eyes To The Sky
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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4. All Roads
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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5. Fight For Love
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)); Zo!
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6. Maybe She'll Dream of Me
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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7. Don't Wait
featuring Darien Brockington
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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8. Make Me a Fool
featuring Jesse Boykins III; Median
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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9. Everything Must Go
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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10. Laughing At Your Plans
featuring Chantae Cann
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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11. This City Aint the Same Without You
featuring Yahzarah
Producers: Nicolay (of The Foreign Exchange); Phonte (of Little Brother + The Foreign Exchange)
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Total Comments: 41
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 12/29/2010 4:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 90.176.184)
Location: Brooklyn, NYC
Comment: Beautiful album especially the song "City Ain't The Same Without You". I applaud Foreign Exchange! (Y'all acting like Phonte can't sing -_-...Phonte is talented as hell and he can sing)
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/15/2010 7:08:00 PM; Partial IP: 63.209.184)
Location: Hartford,CT
Comment: HOT DAMN
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 11/6/2010 10:29:00 PM; Partial IP: 252.20.219)
Location: Omaha
Comment: Don't expect any bangers on here but this is a solid album and a nice change of pace. I do hope Phonte gets back to rhyming a little more but you have to respect what he's doing. This is some nice night time music.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/20/2010 3:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 50.193.167)
Location: Bronx, NY
Comment: Average .. Long story short, This Is NOT the formula that made "Connected" a classic .. Phonte is talented but again I prefer beats & Rhymes
Name: (Posted: 10/18/2010 12:40:00 PM; Partial IP: 143.78.182)
Location: SF Bay Area
Comment: As expected, good stuff. Yes go back to rhyming Tay. hell is wrong with you, I heard you "step outta the box" doin shit with DJ spinna and mitsu, dwele.. but stop singing, u suck at it. I find "leave it all behind" and this "authenticity" album popular amongst teenie boppers. Give me some grown folks shit FE, like in Connected.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/18/2010 3:25:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Comment: Another classis FE album, they keep getting better with every album. Album of the year along with LB's Left Back.
4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/17/2010 8:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 243.116.73)
Location: Boston, MA
Comment: As expected, Nicolay's production is incredible. Can't wait to get instrumentals on vinyl. Phonte can sign but where's the balance that made Connected so good? I dont get it...
Name: (Posted: 10/17/2010 5:15:00 AM; Partial IP: 72.176.164)
Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
Comment: Phonte is coming up like the South's new "Andre 3000"... His talent really don't have any bounds at all... 5 star!!!!!
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/16/2010 1:58:00 PM; Partial IP: .92.16.141)
Location: milwaukee,wi
Comment: quit bitching, some of you should start listening to waka flacka flame who dont know how to be diverse in what they do real talk
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/16/2010 9:04:00 AM; Partial IP: 05.229.205)
Location: Chicago
Comment: Agree with most of ya'll sayin its a waste of good production. Get back to rhyming Phonte! Its not like he sucks at that.
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/14/2010 4:18:00 PM; Partial IP: 247.10.249)
Location: 509
Comment: Damn saw this and was really hoping for some raps by tay over nico's production.. I ain't sayin im too cool to sing but damn.. shit just don't sound right here
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/13/2010 7:30:00 PM; Partial IP: 17.170.132)
Location: CHICAGO
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 10/11/2010 9:17:00 PM; Partial IP: 235.51.110)
Location: toronto
Comment: This is really disappointing. Is that phonte really singing. Nicoly Production is dope as always but phonte should not be singing. Wow so disappointed in this album.
Name: (Posted: 10/11/2010 5:11:00 PM; Partial IP: 68.192.157)
Location: Tampa
Comment: Phonte is becoming one of the GREATEST artist of all time
3 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/11/2010 12:55:00 PM; Partial IP: 40.221.168)
Location: Ottawa, CA
Comment: Stop singing phote. Great production from Nicolay as always.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/11/2010 11:35:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: fake LARS post below...I would never talk like that "black"...peep the ip addy
1 Star
Name: (Posted: 10/11/2010 3:24:00 AM; Partial IP: .23.59.182)
Location: USA
Comment: Another Foreign Exchange album with Phonte singing the whole time...wack. Connected was very good but this singing crap is gay.
2 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/9/2010 7:56:00 PM; Partial IP: .145.62.81)
Location: Calgary, alberta, canada
Comment: Ummmm not really my style, HE did an album like this with zo! So if you like this album download the he did with zo! he goes by a different name just google it. I give 3 stars cuz of the beats, I can't get over phonte singing lol
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/9/2010 4:19:00 PM; Partial IP: 112.185.99)
Location: Los Angeles
Comment: AMERICA FUCK YEAH! Yo, I'm white and this shit's tight. That's a mad rap right there son. If you guys want be more peaceful, study American traditions and culture, we're the most accepting country in the world. If you don't, we'll just go to war with you.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/9/2010 11:14:00 AM; Partial IP: 59.145.251)
Location: Denmark
Comment: Dope Bye the way... LARS... shut the fuck up!!! makin us look bad in Scandinavia- post about music not ur narrowminded bullshit!! LB for life and lovin FE.. doesn't exclude each other and it's all good music.. Yo wreck.. swedes are noturiusly fucked- so don't get into it with him.
Name: (Posted: 10/8/2010 8:23:00 PM; Partial IP: 71.163.202)
Location: Nevada
Comment: What is this? R&B dot com?? Ya I guess you can buy this for your girlfriend for XMAS, but I sure as hell wont waste my duckets on this bullshit! Same with The Roots and John Legend album.. WACK!! No Stars!!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/8/2010 12:09:00 PM; Partial IP: 174.171.40)
Location: Champaign,IL
Comment: Im looking foward to this Album! Real talk! Hip Hop! Peace to the Gods!
Name: (Posted: 10/8/2010 10:12:00 AM; Partial IP: 210.62.172)
Location: Stockholm
Comment: I am black and my girlfriend is black. I am blackman. BLACK AS A BERRY. Blacker than ink. Blacker than blackstreet. Black as the back of blackawacka. BLACK OFF. BLACKERS.
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/7/2010 9:05:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: southside chicago
Comment: i have nothing against who j aura I am mad at lars because he been saying shit shit I dont agree with now talkng about the city that I am from and its professional sports I have nothing to do with it that now lars shut the fuck up and jus listen to the music because it s all good music
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/7/2010 5:50:00 PM; Partial IP: 72.176.164)
Location: from NC, now in Los Angeles
Comment: Good God, where is the LOVE in the world today?! Wow. I got your back LARS cuz I can completely understand why someone would say they like Foreign Exchange over Little Brother. One of my roommates, who happens to be a mostly R&B fan, said the EXACT same thing. I'll say personally that they need to unite both groups into one force, I don't care what they call themselves. Phonte, Big Pooh, AND Nicolay, AND Yahzarah, AND everyone else in between. Prime example... The song "Nic's Groove" off of the Connected album, which was Pooh and Tay over Nicolay production. In my eye, it was one of the hottest songs that could've knocked out any Little Brother joint. I love 9th Wonder too, but Nicolay has NEVER dropped a stale beat... ever.
Name: (Posted: 10/6/2010 8:27:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: Weck you are gay and so are the Bulls and Bears. Melo and Lebron dissed the Bulls because they suck (not to mention the owner is a jackazz for running Phil out of town and MJ inot retirement)!!! The Bears suck because their coach is dumb and can't make halftime adjustments and Jay Cutler is an erratic pass thrower with no discipline. You were foolish to give up Kyle Orton who is really better than Cutler as a QB. Being that YOU are from the Chi (land of the child molestors like R Kizzy) I will have to group your candy azz in with the rest of them. And BTW...Noah is NOT the answer for a championship with the Bulls...SORRY!!! (more money wasted)
Name: (Posted: 10/5/2010 2:00:00 PM; Partial IP: 118.11.134)
Location: the inside of lars girlfriend
Comment: shut the fuck up
Name: (Posted: 10/4/2010 2:33:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: Get off my d*** n**** and tell yo bytch to come here
Name: (Posted: 9/29/2010 3:44:00 PM; Partial IP: 118.11.134)
Location: southside , chhicago
Comment: a piece of advice to LARS shut the fuck up and jus listen to the music u bitch made muthafucka
Name: (Posted: 9/24/2010 11:47:00 PM; Partial IP: 162.42.186)
Location: chicago
Comment: LARS SHUT THE FUCK BECUZ u dont what u r talkn about so keep ur mouth shut u punk muthafucka
Name: (Posted: 9/24/2010 3:28:00 PM; Partial IP: 22.159.224)
Location: UK
Comment: Whats being a white boy got anything to do with shit Big Fred you fag ass,im white and love hiphop, ive got over 1000 original hiphop cds mainly from the 90's,dont start that racist bullshit cocksucker! I aint gonna diss u being from paris as I love france and my girl is french but u r a homo and thats that. Anyway hope this album will be as good as the first, I wanna hear phonte spitting some heat and no singing pleeeease!
Name: (Posted: 9/22/2010 10:05:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: White boy? Who said I was white? Fred, you Parisian prick, speak on what you know before someone shoves a baguette up your azz. I love Paris but hate Parisians.
Name: (Posted: 9/18/2010 4:11:00 AM; Partial IP: .212.97.83)
Location: Witbank, South Africa
Comment: is time to listen to real music once again.
Name: (Posted: 9/17/2010 3:56:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: Paris
Comment: people like Lars are lil white boy with an inferiority complex ,tryin to outhiphop every hip hop fans ,shut up Lars you a pussy and you know nuthin about the culture ,big shout out to my stockolm playas (Timbuktu) J RO in malmo sup my n*ggaz!!
Name: (Posted: 9/15/2010 9:37:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: big wreck, why don't you go back to carrying kanye's handbag before I get Big Meech's boys on your azz!
Name: (Posted: 9/13/2010 12:46:00 PM; Partial IP: 118.11.134)
Location: chicago
Comment: shut the fuck up lars u r a idiot for real
Name: (Posted: 9/8/2010 4:40:00 AM; Partial IP: .54.206.88)
Location: Joburg
Comment: OMG...luv this, my girl luv this she actually took my Leave it all behind CD she does'nt want to give it back to me..when I cop this one she is going to be suprised..dope dope
Name: (Posted: 9/7/2010 8:08:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: FE is dope you dope! More Phonte and less Big Pooh is a BIG PLUSSSSSS!
Name: (Posted: 9/4/2010 3:00:00 PM; Partial IP:
Location: CALIFOR1A
Comment: i kinda agree with lars back in the early 2000's when connected came out it played more in my cd player than any other album out there at the time the whole sound and vibe it gives you when you listen to them is uplifting specially through these times it was meant to be released again lookin forward to this already let's go get it!!! no downloadin and shyt straight walk to the store and buy like a classic that it is already suckaazz!!!! peace_
Name: (Posted: 8/28/2010 2:42:00 PM; Partial IP: 29.170.149)
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: I think I speak for everyone on this one - KISS ALL OF OUR ASSES, LARS!!! Little Brother is dope.
Name: (Posted: 8/27/2010 11:50:00 AM; Partial IP:
Location: stockholm, sweden
Comment: I really like this group...much better than Little Brother! Nicolay is a dope producer who is also Euro!!!!!!!!!! Yeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!
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