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North Carolina, United States / Utrecht, Netherlands

Consisting of rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay from North Carolina, United States / Utrecht, Netherlands. The Foreign Exchange came together via the online community in 2002. After trading files through 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 they ever met each other in person. The album, Connected, was released in 2004 to positive reviews, and was praised by legendary DJ’s such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of , R&B, and .

Their sophomore album, Leave It All Behind (2008) found The Foreign Exchange much closer in geography (Nicolay becoming a resident of Wilmington, NC), but located much further from their hip-hop origins. On the strength of their exhilarating live show and several nationally programmed music videos, Leave It All Behind became the group’s most successful album to date, culminating in a Grammy-nomination for the album’s first single, Daykeeper.

Authenticity, released on October 12, 2010 on +FE Music, is The Foreign Exchange’s third album.


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  • M3llowDEE

    Phonte is one of the better MCs in the game, so from time to time I find myself wishing they'd drop another album with the Connected vibe.

    5 Jan 2:14pm Reply
  • kylekatarn10

    Gotta say, Love In Flying Colors is a really good album. Been a fan of this group since Leave It All Behind came out in '08, and this album is such an excellent follow up to Authenticity (which I didn't really care for). My favorite album of theirs is still Connected, but this album is really great.

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • insaneWond3rlnd

    i've had the album since it dropped and it's never really moved me but i randomly started playing Love in Flying Colors again and i'm in love - it can take a long while before something grows on me which is why i don't trust music reviews that are done as soon as an album drops. How are they able to fully take it all in, in such a short time? HOW SWAY

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Ldannyweb

    I can't stop listening to Love in Flying Colors. Great album! [2]

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • jeenyus05

    did just add 'the' to the beginning of 'foreign exhchange'? or has it been like that for a while?

    13 May 2014 Reply

    I truly enjoy the Music of The Foreign Exchange, I have not listened to their Music as often as I would have liked to - I am definitely hoping that my numbers increase ...... The Foreign Exchange is a fantastic couple of young Men and all else that make their Music as cool as it is .......

    5 May 2014 Reply
  • emapia

    Connected + Leave it all behing. Love in Flying Colors... Not really. Will give it a second listen, though.

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Dj-BlackJack

    Love in Flying Colors?... MEH!

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • nastYtribe

    Did you really like it, guys? I feel kind of neutral, I'll give it another spin

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • evinced

    I can't stop listening to Love in Flying Colors. Great album!

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Magic-joel

    Love in Flying Colors is the true progression from Leave It All Behind, Authenticity while good, played it too safe and too steady at the expense of being interesting. Love in Flying Colors shows real growth without the compromise.

    29 Sep 2013 Reply
  • jdotperiod

    I just realized that Something To Behold from LIAB uses the same track as Connected's Everything You Are.

    27 Sep 2013 Reply
  • HipHop1984

    Love In Flying Colors is absolutely phenomenal.

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Polarimetric

    Love in Flying Colors is killing it! Absolute work of art.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • tee_rex65

    Love In Flying Colors is the soundtrack to my soul! Love it!

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Philadelphian

    Call It Home / Pity ❤

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • emapia

    Connected 2 please. #2

    2 Jun 2013 Reply
  • SleepyDinosaur

    Connected 2 please.

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • affectionateMe

    Europe Tour please!

    20 Apr 2013 Reply
  • callcollectplz

    Damn, can't believe I slept on this for so long. It's definitely on par or even moreso than LB.

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
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