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Phonte: No News Is Good News (Review)

March 22, 2018

New Tigallo is always good news! Phonte Coleman is a former member of the hip hop trio Little brother which included Rapper Big Pooh and 9th wonder in mid 2000s. Phonte is also known as the front man of the The Foreign exchange along with Dutch producer Nicolay. The 39 year old north Carolina rapper just dropped his long awaited follow up to his 2011 solo debut "Charity starts at home", which makes "No news is good news" his second solo album in seven years, but don't be fooled Phonte has been a very busy man. In between joint projects with Eric Roberson, writing for VH1's "The Breaks", Co-hosting on the Questlove Supreme Pandora radio show and touring with his partner Nicolay for The Foreign Exchange. Tigallo manages to get it all done, and has had plenty of inspiration along the way

With the recent loss of his father and multiple family members due to health issues, going through a divorce and remarrying this album emerges as a testament to the realities of the human experience "No news is good news" is a short and sweet 10 tracks but packs a punch with production by Marco Polo, Nottz, Illingsworth, among others. Stand out tracks include "Cry no more " in which Phonte's effortless flow brings a painful message to light, on struggling to break the cycle of unhealthy habits that contributed to his fathers early death and trying to lead by example for his son. Freddie Gibbs is featured on "change of mind" showcasing his bouncy energetic flow paired with Phonte’s smooth melodic vocals show how love helped them see through tough times. Phonte also reunites with Eric Roberson who lends his airy vocals on "Find that love again" sparking a love revival of true potential. This album offers consistent themes of love, loss and growth with a good dose of realty. Pastor Tigallo does not disappoint, with his solid bars and signature soothing vocals, combined with that grown two-step flare, mellow piano chords, and an a mature laid back vibe. "No news is good news" is definitely refreshing therapy for the soul.




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