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If you missed last week’s Foreign Exchange show at the Double Door, get familiar! The Hip-Hop Soul collective performed to a packed house for the first time ever in Chicago. Foreign Exchange is comprised of rapper Phonte (of the critically-acclaimed rap group Little
Brother), vocalists Darien Brockington and Yahzarah, Dutch producer Nicolay, and various band members including Detroit’s own Zo!. As a group they have released two incredible albums, 2004’s “Connected” and the more recent 2008 release, “Leave It All Behind”. They kept the sardine packed Double Door moving and grooving to tracks from both albums while Phonte kept the comedic banter going in between songs. Each artist showcased their signature songs, Phonte skillfully going back and forth from rhyming to singing, on tracks like “Sincere” (featuring Yahzarah), the soulful “baby-maker” ‘Come Around’ (featuring Darien Brockington), and Nicolay’s “Nic’s Groove”. If the Foreign Exchange didn’t provide enough entertainment, the crowd definitely got it’s $27.00’s worth by the warm-up DJ, DJ Kwest_On? of Swank Society Radio. Kwest had the crowd exhausted after taking us on a musical odyssey of hip-hop and old school classics that drew cheer after cheer. There was a great word of mouth campaign on this one and FE’s true fans were definitely in the house!
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Last but not least, set the Tivo for the Grammy’s and the Pro Bowl this Sunday, February 8th and come and check out R&B’s Best Kept secret, Syleena Johnson as she performs and meets and greets for her “Chapter 4: Labor Pains” Album Release party at RedNoFive (located at 440 N. Halsted). The doors open at 7pm and showtime is at 9pm. The host for the evening is comedian Lil Rel. If you haven’t already, pick up Syleena’s new album in stores or on iTunes and be sure to check her out in a special performance on the Maury Povich show Thursday, February 12th (check your local listings).