Phonte – Charity Starts At Home [Album Review]
If your tired of hearing a feature from Wayne, Drake, Nicki, or Rick Ross this may be the album for you. Phonte’s music has always fallen into a category I like to call regular guy rap. Not saturated with rims bling and b*&c%es, that is often in mainstream Hip Hop.
“Charity Starts At Home starts strong and ends even stronger, making this an unchallenged classic in circles where real music still matters. And if it really does, then come award time I hope to see Phonte accepting his well earned and long deserved accolades for all he has given to us. Charity does indeed start at home but it does not have to end there.(Bama Loves Soul)”
Much of the production credits go to Lil Brother alumni 9th Wonder, also Fantin D Horton, and Swiff D lend a hand on production.
“It’s easy to appreciate the production as much as the rhymes. 9th Wonder surprisingly appears on four of the 12 tracks, but the other producers get just as busy. For example, Fatin 10 Horton produced “We Go Off”, which features Pharoahe Monch exchanging bars with Phontigga over a beat reminiscent of Little Brother’s heyday, similar to “Eternally” which features Median. Elzhi appears on “Not Here Anymore”, a joint with a soulful hook and chock full of rewindable lines.(Front Free) ”
There are not to many features on the album (Big K.R.I.T. Elzih and Pharoah Monch) all three have solid verses on the featured tracks.
“The guest spots on the project are well selected and equally well executed. With each artist ensuring not to get outdone by their track-mate, collaborations with Elzhi (“Not Here Anymore”), Pharoahe Monch (“We Go Off”) and Evidence and Big K.R.I.T. (“The Life of Kings”) result in outstanding outputs.(XXL) ”
Over all a solid album from Phonte but would you expect any less from Phonte or the whole justice league. I give it a 4/5 but im a Phonte fan so im obviously biased. My favorite tracks are (Dance In The Reign) (Sending My Love) (We Go Off) (The Life Of Kings) and (Who Loves You More)
Here are a few Hip Hop Qoutables:
” We go macro hard not micro SOFT” Phonte – We Go Off
“And I do this all for Hip-Hop! I’m lying like sh*t. I do this for my mortgage…” Phonte – Dance In The Reign
“Searching for me a vivrant thing more concerned with what books I read instead of what side I claim – Big K.R.I.T. – The Life Of Kings