The Foreign Exchange

The Foreign Exchange



Consisting of rapper/singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online hip-hop 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 Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B, and electronica.

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


Take Off the Blues

Written By: Phonte

After all is said and done you’re next to me
And when the sun goes down, you’re feeling things you’ve never felt before
Nothing left to say to ease your fears
But I know just what to do
Let me take good care of you

Kick off your shoes
Take off the blues and come to me
So much to do, so much is new for you to see
You might as well come a little closer
Girl, don’t make me wait too long for you

After all is said and done
And there’s nothing left to share
It’s the morning after, I watch you laying there
Always told that you should not give in to love
But saying no is so hard to do
Cause when the feeling’s right, you might as well

Just want your attention
Excuse my intentions, keep your feelings intact
There’s no need to mention
For this I’ve been wishing
There’s no turning back

Maybe She’ll Dream Of Me

Written By: Phonte

Wondering if
A face that wears a smile like yours
Has ever heard a ‘no’ before
Such a beauty and a blessing
And if no one else will tell it
I will, I will

Wondering if
A man like me could swallow his pride
Would you stay with me and stand by my side?
And let nothing come between it
Girl you know I really mean it
For real, for real, for real

When she lays down at night
I wonder what she sees
When she thinks of paradise
Maybe she’ll dream of me
So every night I pray
That when she goes to sleep
And she dreams of a love
Maybe she’ll dream of me

Just imagine the possibilities
If you would only let down your guard
I always say, my love is easy babe
You don’t have to make it so hard

I know you want nothing else
But you can try and tell yourself
It’s all a game, all a game
I know you been lonely wishin
For a love that goes the distance
Call my name
Cause I am in love with you

I’m thinking that ya outta my league
Walkin round lookin like something right outta my dreams
People sayin me and you is like the finest cheerleader
Goin with the dude that got picked last for the team
But desire’s a miraculous thing
When ya soul get ravenous, all ya want is just a little happiness
And you would gladly grab it from the average things
No matter how it looks or how absurd that it seems
So its pertinent to stay with what is workin, nahmean?
Even if your perfect person is alerted by screams
And whispers, and yells, and ‘wows’
And ‘how are they together, man I just cant believe’
This is something that the OG’s call composure
Keep me in mind
Baby, you’re my star and I know we aligned
Sweet candy for me and my dreaming eyes
And when I lay down at night, maybe you’ll be in mine

Laughing At Your Plans

Written By: Phonte

Lay down baby
Please don’t say a word
Dry your tears I guess by now you’ve heard
That I’m leaving again
One more day and I’ll be in the sky
So far away from the life of you and I
The place I can pretend
To forget about the times that you said

That if you never take the time to
Breathe in and look inside you
If you’re lost I’ll try to find you and remind you of the way
That you’ll feel when this all ends someday

And maybe now you’ll understand
That God is laughing at your plans
What will be will be
Why don’t you come inside, my friend?
Out of the rain and maybe then
You’ll see what I see

He plays until the sun goes down
And falls asleep to the sound of a song
That he says reminds him of you
And when he smiles
They say that he looks just like you
Just walkin around like the world is his stage
Cause that’s all a young man can do
When his hero’s not around

Cause if you never take the time to
Breathe in and look inside you
If you’re lost I’ll try to find you and remind you of the way
That you’ll feel when this all ends someday


-Authenticity (2010)
-Leave It All Behind (2008)
-Connected (2004)