I’ve had some great debates and have even learned a music lesson or two but the best thing it did for my life was serve as the destination for Phonte and Nicolay to meet and create what would become The Foreign Exchange. Since their arrival in 2004, my ears have complained a lot less and their music has enhanced my quality of life. That may seem dramatic but the reality is, music is my fuel and Phonte, Nicolay, Yahzarah, Darien Brockington and every other artist that has blessed an +FE album has given me enough astounding music to keep me going for an eternity. And though I love damn near every song in their catalog, I’ve managed to compile a list of their top ten songs as a collective in no particular order.
“DAYKEEPER”I interviewed Phonte and Nicolay and told them that if the angels in heaven were asked to make a list of songs that represented nirvana, “Daykeeper” would be at the top of list. This track, which was also nominated for a Grammy, is flawless. The lyrics, composition, mood; everything about it is perfect making the cat with the strongest jaw pause in awe of its beauty. This was also an audacious move for +FE after the beloved Connected, in terms of the sound and ushering in Muhsinah on the lead single, after most of us were accustomed to Yahzarah as the lead female vocalist. Ultimately, this track became their signature song and was and remains their checkmate move to the industry.
“HOUSE OF CARDS”
“TAKE OFF THE BLUES”
“ALL THAT YOU ARE”
“LAUGHING AT YOUR PLANS”