Archive for Phonte

Video: Phonte, “The Good Fight”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I totally forgot that this video got released last week, and frankly I’m baffled it slipped my mind because I love Phonte. “The Good Fight” is a smooth soulful jam produced by 9th Wonder that was featured on Phonte’s spectacular debut solo album Charity Starts at Home. I’ve been a huge fan of Phontigga ever since the days of Little Brother (sheds a tear), and Charity Starts at Home is exactly what Phonte’s fans had been waiting for: a debut album showcasing Phonte’s ability to seamlessly rhyme and sing at the same top tier level. Charity Starts at Home was arguably one of the best releases of 2011, and every fan of great music should own it. Below you can view the video that Te dropped for the track “Dance in the Reign”, which was also on Charity Starts at Home. Continue reading


Little Brother Takes a “Curtain Call”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 by Tim Althaus

If every day could start out with a new Little Brother track, it would surely be a great day. “Curtain Call” is the first single off of LB’s new album Leftback which drops on April 20th, and it features Khrysis the Animal on the boards. This is definitely a real nice track, but it hurts me to think that this will be the last time we will hear a full length album from Phonte & Big Pooh. You will hear Phonte & Big Pooh spitting their usual dope verses, but at the end of the song Phonte shouts out some of the acts that he feels will be able to carry the torch; some of the names might surprise you.

Download: Little Brother, “Curtain Call” (Prod. By Khrysis)

Big shouts to Nah Right on the find.

Little Brother, Leftback (Artwork & Tracklisting)

Posted in Album Update, Music News with tags , , , on Thursday, February 18, 2010 by Tim Althaus

I know, I know, I’m a little bit late on this one, but you know what they say: “It’s better late than never”. I really hope most people are as excited as I am about this one. Phonte and Big Pooh will be dropping their fourth and final album Leftback on April 20th through Hall of Justus Records. I have to say, I’m sad to view the absence of 9th Wonder from the producer credits, but other than that, this album looks like it’s going be some quality material. I’m a huge Little Brother fan, so I can assure you that I will be picking up my copy on April 20th. Follow me after the jump for the tracklisting. Continue reading

BK-One, “Here I Am” (Feat. Phonte, Brother Ali & The Grouch)

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Monday, September 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Radio Do Canibal

Have I ever mentioned that Minneapolis Hip-Hop is the shit? BK-One, who is  Brother Ali’s tour DJ, will be dropping his new album Rádio Do Canibal with Benzilla on October 6th. This is the first leak off of the project and it features MPLS native Brother Ali, Phonte & The Grouch. The beat on this track is bananas, and it’s definitely something I could see myself listening to on a regular basis. It sounds like this project is going to be nothing short of amazing, and it will have a star studded cast of emcees. Over the instrumentals you will hear: Black Thought, Brother Ali, Phonte, The Grouch, Murs, Slug, Raekwon, Blueprint, P.O.S., Blueprint, Toki Wright & many more. You can go over to Fifth Element and pre-order the album now, which is probably a good idea. Follow me after the jump to download the track and peep the tracklisting. Continue reading

The Foreign Exchange Take You To Their “House of Cards”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Friday, August 28, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Talk about an amazing group. The Foreign Exchange has been one of my favorite groups over the past few years, and it’s because not many people mesh as well as Phonte & Nicolay. I had given the album Leave it all Behind some rough comments, but since then I have learned to love the album a great deal. The video for “House of Cards” (Feat. Muhsinah) is nothing short of incredible, everything is pristine from the production to the concept. It just might be up there with “House of Flying Daggers” for one of the top videos of the year.

Spotted @ Hip Hop Official

Apathy & Phonte Know “True Love”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Ap Snuggle

This is another great piece of news to wake up to this morning. Apathy (of the Demigodz, Army of the Pharaohs, Get Busy Committee, etc.) will be releasing his new album Wanna Snuggle?, his sophomore follow up to Eastern Philosophy on October 6th. If you haven’t been acquainted with this guy, you need to. He’s a great emcee and he’s fucking hilarious on the microphone. I personally loved Eastern Philosophy, and I’ve been a fan since I heard him on JMT’s Psycho Social album. Anyways, I checked my BlackBerry this morning and found the leak for the first single “True Love” which features Phonte. This track is dope, and I highly suggest you guys check this shit.

Download: Apathy, “True Love” (Feat. Phonte)

Wild Style Wednesday Review: Little Brother, The Minstrel Show

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 by Tim Althaus

minstrel1frLittle Brother is probably one of my favorite groups that I’ve ever heard. When 9th Wonder, Big Pooh & Phonte are all together in rare form on an album, they remind me of a force that nothing in this world could possibly stop. I personally am a big fan of The Listening & Getback, but I think these guys are in their top form on The Minstrel Show. Everything about this album is desirable, 9th Wonder’s beats on this album are more soulful than ever, and Te’s & Pooh’s rhymes are most definitely the most on point that they’ve ever been. Another thing that makes this album exceptional is that it’s a concept album that is done the right way. Albums like this make me think that if these guys would have stayed together they could have been one of the greatest trios in Hip-Hop history. Continue reading

Welcome To Wild Style Wednesdays at Mind Inversion

Posted in Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, April 15, 2009 by Tim Althaus


This is an idea that I have been thinking about for the last month or so. Wild Style  is a “throw back” if you will, and a classic that will never be forgotten in Hip-Hop. What I want to do every Wednesday here at Mind Inversion is review an album that in my opinion is a classic, or rather an album I will never forget. In another note all of the albums that I review are going to have been released before 2008. I hope you guys enjoy my weekly column, and if you have any comments please feel free to leave them.

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The Foreign Exchange in Miami Parts 1&2

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Thursday, April 2, 2009 by Tim Althaus

I found these videos over at Nicolay Music the other day when I was browsing the site. Let me tell you that Phonte is one of the funniest motherfuckers I’ve ever seen on video. In the first video he talks about what the fans have enabled Foreign Exchange to do, and makes an allusion to slavery. In the second video he talks about how sometimes, you just have to forget everything else and reflect. I love how Te informs you but adds a humorous twist to it. Follow me after the jump to watch part 2. Continue reading

Phonte of Little Brother calls Kanye’s new album “an act of cowardice”

Posted in News with tags , , on Thursday, January 22, 2009 by Tim Althaus

phonte This article brought a great deal of content to my day not only because Phonte Coleman is the man, but because he totally dissed Ye’s new album. When asked about 808’s and Heartbreaks, He apparently said: “I didn’t like it, I was just like get the fuck out of here”, He also said that “I honestly think that it’s an act of cowardice” he continued “I think if you’re gonna make the creative leap to sing, then really sing. Let your voice come out, and let the people hear all the eccentricities and idiosyncrasies in your voice. That’s what makes you uniquely you… Imagine if Arethra Franklin used Autotune on Respect”. Phonte also said that he considered Kanye to be “biting” T-Pain.

I found this article to be absolutely hilarious. Phonte just confirmed what I’ve been feeling about this guy for the last 5 months. Autotune is for people that can’t sing or idiots. Phonte is one of those cats that a lot of people tend to listen to and I am anticipating the reaction in the rest of the Hip-Hop community.