Album Preview: The Foreign Exchange – Leave it All Behind

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Nicolay and Phonte’s Foreign Exchange might be one of backpack hip-hop’s most favorite duos. The origin of the duo–the story of two producers meeting on Okayplayer and creating an album without even meeting each other–is the stuff of modern hip-hop legend. However, their new collaboration, Leave it all Behind is supposedly stepping further away from the hip-hop realm, and its supposedly going to showcase Phonte’s vocal abilities over his mic skills.

The webisodes on their site give a glimpse of what is to come from this album, which promises to be a far darker and introspective album than the last. Even though I get tired of Nicolay’s beats a little too quickly, I’m still excited to see what they can cook up.

And yes, DC is well represented on this album, with Muhsinah, Zo!, and Yahzarah making contributions.


01. Daykeeper
02. Take Off The Blues
03. All Or Nothing/Coming Home To You
04. I Wanna Know
05. House Of Cards
06. Sweeter Than You
07. Valediction
08. If She Breaks Your Heart
09. If This Is Love
10. Something To Behold
11. Leave It All Behind

The Foreign Exchange