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For the Love Of HipHop: Interview With Phonte [HHC Exlcusive]


Grammy Nominated artist, Phonte visited the the DMV this past Tuesday, continuing the movement of real Hip-Hop. Upon the release of his latest album, “Charity Starts At Home“, myself along with other DMV media organizations had the chance to conference with Phonte about his new album, Hip-Hop Today, and a plethora oof other topics.

On the album artwork:
A play on the who realtor thing that see in front of houses, just the kind of tackiness of a for sale sign…kind of just playing on that and was supposed to represent the inside of the home. Its literally related to the sign, It’s not like I’m going to rap from a perspective of a nigga selling a house


On the beef with 9th Wonder and how he became to produce many records on the album:
It was just something that had to happen for the record to happen. NineTh was someone that was a very big inspiration to me to do this record. I told him straight up that if we hadn’t hooked back up I wouldn’t have done the record. I was in a place was Hip-Hop no longer mattered to me and It was really him that got me back in. We both push each other to be the best and I think It was something that we both needed.

On Choosing Features  and working with Pharoah Monche , Big K.R.I.T and more:

My process for putting features on a record is, “if the record aint banging as is, then I don’t even reach out to anybody”. I don’t feel like a feature should make a record. It should be dope as is. The people I chose are cats I respect and they work with me out of respect because I see the value in what they do…I don’t chance names I chase the feelings.

On the growth from the lil Brother Era to today as an artist:
For me it kind of goes hand and hand, there are a lot of things I had to grown into before I could make this record. I would not be able to make this record six years ago. I definitely had some growing up to do and I had to transition into working as a solo artist. Its really hard.
There is always space to grow. You can never be too complacent like, “Aw man I’m that nigga!” Cause there will always be a nigga that will come out to eat your lunch.Even though I am proud of my [album] I always see room or improvement and always see something I can change. I believe I have yet to put out a perfect album.
On the being the “Darling of the Underground” as stated by XXL:
Shit I don’t know (laughs). I didn’t take it in a condescending way. …A lot of people feel as though I am under-rated. I just feel like I am where I want to be. I don’t like a lot of attention or need to be In the spotlight. I am not that kind of person. I feel good with where I am at. I can’t complain…

On today’s Hip-Hop:
The way the industry is now, you really don’t need a machine behind you to do the work. The same tools used to put my records out are available to anyone. The only thing that separates me from the next man is our songs; the music. Its really about doing what you love, putting your best fourth foot forward, and to listen to your self. You have to be strong willed to know that there are certain things you’re gonna for and certain things you’re not gonna stand for. You have to be willing to fight for yourself.
On Foreign Exchange, and what is the though process behind Authenticity:
Even though its what we love we don’t wanna be bored with the shit. We had to switch it up and show people there is a lot more we can do. There is a whole other element of songwriting that we had to show what we can do. Every artist has that album In their catalogue that’s like the “what the f**K” album. The exciting thing I love about Foreign Exchange is no one knows what we gonna do next.

On working with the Roots:
“Working with The Roots is always the most challenging and rewarding experience. It is Mad science. I am on two songs for their upcoming record called “undone”. If you ever get called to do a Roots Record, be prepared to write and re-write your verse, be prepared to spit that shit for an hour. It is so precise, it is so intense. (laughs) Its Black acting school nigga! I appreciate that, because stuff like that really pushes you. I would say hands down The Roots are some of the most talented, creative, artist I have already worked with. If you ever get called for a roots album and make it, you can stick ya chest out a lil bit.

Phonte is currently on the Authenticity Tour with 9th Wonder. The concert series features openi ng acts by Median, The Away Team, Rapsody, Halo, and Dj Flash.  Catch the tour in a city near you. Also peep the photos from Tuesday’s event in Sonar in Baltimore. Photos courtesy of Nocturnal Charm and Gypsy Soul.

Sun Oct 23, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC
Phonte & 9th Wonder with guests Median, Rapsody, The Away Team, Halo and DJ Flash

Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · Masquerade, Atlanta GA
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Thu Nov 10, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · The WorkPlay Theatre, Birmingham AL
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band
 

Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 6:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · BB King’s Blues Club, Nashville TN
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith and live band

Sun Nov 13, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · Zanzabar, Louisville KY
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band
 

Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · 2720 Cherokee, St. Louis MO
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · Rumba Room, Memphis TN
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · ND Venue, Austin TX
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with live band

Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · Fitzgerald’s, Houston TX
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM
Authenticity Tour · One Eyed Jack’s, New Orleans LA
The Foreign Exchange (Phonte + Nicolay) with Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and live band

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