Connected (The Foreign Exchange album)

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Studio album by The Foreign Exchange
Released August 24, 2004
Recorded 2003–2004
Genre Hip hop, Underground hip hop
Length 63:09
Label BBE (2004)
Foreign Exchange (2011 reissue)
Producer Nicolay
The Foreign Exchange chronology
Leave It All Behind
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Dusted (Highly favorable) link
Pitchfork Media 8.6/10link
PopMatters 4/5 starslink
RapReviews 3.5/5 stars link
Prefix Magazine 4/5 stars link 80/100link

Connected is the debut album by The Foreign Exchange, a hip hop group consisting of American rapper Phonte from Little Brother and Dutch producer Nicolay. It has since been widely regarded as a classic alternative hip-hop album, contributing to the high reputation of Phonte, member of the critically acclaimed hip-hop group Little Brother.

Their group name comes from how they produced their songs: Nicolay would produce a beat in the Netherlands and send the beat to Phonte through instant messaging, email, and traditional mail to lay down the vocals. Phonte would return the product, so Nicolay could then master the track; they did not meet until after the album was completed.[1]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Time
1 "Foreign Exchange Title Theme" Nicolay YahZarah 2:28
2 "Von Sees" Nicolay Von Pea 2:11
3 "Raw Life" Nicolay Phonte, Joe Scudda 4:48
4 "Hustle Hustle" Nicolay Critically Acclaimed, Phonte 3:39
5 "Let's Move" Nicolay Big Pooh, Phonte 3:55
6 "Nic's Groove" Nicolay Big Pooh, Phonte 5:37
7 "Be Alright" Nicolay Median, Frank Ford, Phonte 4:16
8 "Sincere" Nicolay YahZarah, Phonte 4:47
9 "Brave New World" Nicolay Phonte 4:58
10 "The Answer" Nicolay Oddisee, Sean Boog, Phonte, Kenn Starr 4:39
11 "Come Around" Nicolay Darien Brockington 4:01
12 "Happiness" Nicolay Phonte, Big Pooh 4:42
13 "Foreign Exchange End Theme" Nicolay YahZarah 2:01
14 "All That You Are" Nicolay Median, Phonte, Darien Brockington 4:33
15 "Be Alright" (Nicolay's Easybreezy Sunday Afternoon Remix) Nicolay Median, Frank Ford, Phonte 3:04
16 "Call" Nicolay Darien Brockington, Phonte 2:45
17 "Downtime" (Nicky Troutman's Bounce To The Ounce Remix) Nicolay Phonte 2:55


  • "Sincere" (2004)


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Rapper Big Pooh appears in "Let's Move", "Nic's Groove", and "Happiness"
  • Yahzarah appears on "Title Theme", "Sincere" and "End Theme"
  • Von Pea appears on "Von Sees"
  • Joe Scudda appears on "Raw Life"
  • Darien Brockington appears on "Come Around" and "Call"
  • Median appears on "Be Alright" and "All That You Are"
  • Kenn Starr, Oddisee, and Sean Boog appear on "The Answer"
  • Frank Ford appears on "Be Alright"

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