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Connected

Foreign Exchange Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bbe
  • ASIN: B0001ZMWWI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Foreign Exchange Title Theme
2. Von Sees
3. Raw Life
4. Hustle Hustle
5. Let's Move
6. Nic's Groove
7. Be Alright
8. Sincere
9. Brave New World
10. The Answer
11. Come Around
12. Happiness
13. Foreign Exchange End Theme
14. All That You Are
15. Bonus Track 1
16. Bonus Track 2
17. Bonus Track 3

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2004 29 Nov 2004
Every now and then, an album comes along that blows you away and makes you re-evaluate your relationship with your record collection. "Connected", for me, is one of those albums.
Words can't do this album justice. If you find your once-rosy relationship with Hip Hop has become a bit strained lately with the influx of poor quality music being produced in both the States and the UK and you long for the days when Tribe Called Quest would bring the dopeness every time...you'll LOVE this album like a long-lost child returning home.
Superbly-produced, brilliantly scribed and rhymed, Foreign Exchange have dropped possibly the best Hip Hop album of 2004. Don't sleep on it, go buy it now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hip Hop is Still Alive 5 May 2005
Just when i though hip hop was beginning to stagnate with the slew of poor and artistically lazy rappers spiting "rims" and "hoes" on every joint, there finally comes an album worthy of critical acclaim. This album is fantastic, the beats are varied and melodic, the lyrical content can be both venemous and conscioius all at the same time. Some of the standout tracks are "raw life", "be alright" and "All that you are" If you are looking for something which slightly different but not to abstract then this is a great choice. I've had problems finding inspiration among the 50's and the Lil' Johns. If you love hip hop then sit back, and let this album bring the genres former glory back to make your head nod.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars summer niceness 21 Jan 2005
nice is definitely the best word to describe this album. with the smooth, highly polished production, brimming with sweet horns, gentle keys and a lot of attention paid to the drum machine this record has a really fresh and laid back vibe. the rapping is good, but nothing more than that. little brothers phonte spits most of the bars, definitely upping his game after the afore mentioned crews wack releases. his skills are evident, avoiding too much bragging, but still displaying his tight rhyme schemes and solid flows on every track. the other rappers are average, not bad but don't deliver any memorable lines. the singing is sometimes sickly sweet, but as everything is overshadowed by the beats, it doesn't take anything away from the overall feel. the dutch producer, Nicolay, is definitely gifted, the laid back grooves would be a perfect canvas for a more skilled wordsmiths such as gift of gab from blackalicious or del the funky homosapien to work with, and the combination of smooth soul and jazz samples and originial instrumentation bring a new dimension to the sound, giving it more energy than alot of exclusively sampled based producers. this album is well suited to summer evenings with wifey, but probably won't impress if you drop it at a party. buy it, but buy it for the production.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If a rap record can be "pretty"... 4 July 2005
By Scott Woods - Published on Amazon.com
If a rap record can be "pretty", this one is.

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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Connecting elements of Hip-hop in a whole new way 10 Sep 2004
By Scott D. Gribble - Published on Amazon.com
The Foreign Exchange is not just the collaborated efforts of Phonte and Nicolay, but their ability to bring together a host of talents. Phonte does not rap on every track (in fact he only raps on 10) but he certainly is responsible for the album as a whole, taking on executive producer role, finding the talent and having 9th Wonder mix down some of the beats.

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.

Be Alright and Sincere are both tracks featuring Phonte and some soul crooners. Brave New World is a solid track where Phonte really shines just relating to the daily struggles in his life and out society. The Answer returns the album to a more hip-hop feel with Oddiisse and Ken Star helping out Phonte. Come around is an entirely sung by Darien Brockington (who sounds faintly reminiscent of Sisqo).

Happiness, Big Pooh and Phonte join up again, which works pretty well excluding a weak chorus. End Theme is completely sung by Yahzarah. All That You Are is a solid track featuring Phonte and Median. The album then closes with a couple of Remixes which are nice, but don't add anything exceptional to the album.

One thing that is clear throughout the album: both Phonte and Big Pooh have improved which is scary. They put everything into whatever piece they are trying to create.

This is a solid album, very creative and different. It also stays away from your typical hip-hop music. While there is enough on here to satisfy most, some might be disappointed in the lack on straight up rap or even a lack of Phonte in general. Chances are if you're a Little Brother fan, this will defiantly be something you enjoy. If your just getting into them or want an impulse buy, I wouldn't recommend this. As a rap album it might not be what you're looking for, but as a creative piece of music it's defiantly high quality.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Universal Music 17 Jan 2005
By withthebeatzwiththerhymez - Published on Amazon.com
Let's start with the flaws on this album. Be Alright (Remix) and Downtime (Remix) were unecessary. And anyone who dislikes hip-hop/R&B collabos ("Sincere") will probably have a hard time getting into this. Aside from these minor blips, however, "Connected" is one of the few hip-hop albums that is truly universal in its essence. Nicolay's beats have a worldly sound to them that I don't ever recall hearing on an entire hip-hop album. As well, he is able to mimic the sounds of notable producers such as Jay Dee ("Let's Move"), Hi-Tek ("Hustle") and Pete Rock ("Happiness") while crafting his own sound ("Nic's Groove," "Raw Life" "The Answer"). Lyrically, Phonte parties ("Nic's Groove"), prays ("Be Alright") and preaches ("Brave New World") while giving the rest of the Justus League significant mic time ("Von Sees," "Hustle" and "Come Around" don't feature Phonte at all). Fans of positive hip-hop artists such as Gift of Gab, Talib Kweli, and KRS-One, as well as those who appreciate the "out-there" creativity celebrated by OutKast, De La Soul, and The Roots, will enjoy, if not love "Connected." 4.5 Stars.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember that A Tribe Called Quest vibe...? 24 Aug 2004
By Gerald - Published on Amazon.com
...well it's here in its full glory. Phonte, one half of the dynamic North Carolina rap duo Little Brother, has teamed up with Dutch producer Nicolay to create a masterpiece of music. Jazz fusion with hip hop and R&B at its finest, this CD can be used for everything from getting a party started to a session of massage therapy. Seriously! It's just that diverse.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CONNECTED On A Whole New Level 1 Sep 2004
By JayOne - Published on Amazon.com
WOW! Is there a brand new trend brewing in the HIP HOP/Indie/Underground scene? Earlier this year we witnessed as Madlib and Jay Dee (aka Jay Dilla) hook up via USPS to create Jaylib. Now we have Foreign Exchange ( composed of Little Brother's Phonte and European producer Nicolay) creating a full album via Internet and without ever meeting face to face. The results???

Well having heard Nic's Groove well over a year ago when Little Brother was on the verge of stardom, I couldnt help but repeat the song over and over. It was this nice composition of neo soul/jazz/hip hop. Only to know that not only was there more to come from this dynamic pairing in the near future. The album features 14 tracks (plus 3 bonus tracks....SWEET!) so you will more than get your moneys worth with this one.

The album, Connected, is a display of Phonte's talent outside of LB. No this is not a solo album. In some of the tracks his cohort(s), Big Pooh and others from LB & Justus League join him and Nicolay to drop some serious joints. The album finds a way to intertwine each song to the next in a beautiful and harmmnious flow that will keep you listening( hence the name CONNECTED). Some noteworth tracks are "Brave New World", "The Answer" and the catchy and soulful "Come Around". Of course "Nic's Groove" appears on the LP and the lead single "All That You Are" set the tone for this album.

In short, this album will clearly be a sleeper for 2004. This album cannot simply be pigeonholed into any category because of the many musical genres that this album culminates to create a masterpiece. Foreign Exchange is without a doubt another great pairing by two talented artists in the form that Pete Rock & CL Smooth and Madvillian revolutionized their craft, which further reveals their undying love for hip hop and music in general. I recommend this album for all to enjoy and play over and over.
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