Phonte Coleman has taken on many roles in his nearly 20-year career, including founding member of both Little Brother and the Foreign Exchange. Relatively quiet on the solo front, the North Carolina singer and MC hasn’t released his own album since 2011’s Charity Starts at Home, but he has just announced that he’ll dropping a sophomore project later this year. Along with new projects from frequent collaborators Zo! and Eric Roberson (aka Erro), Phonte’s solo LP will be released on his Foreign Exchange imprint, the label he co-founded with fellow FE member Nicolay back in 2008. The album is titled No News Is Good News and if Tigallo’s past collaborations are any indicator, it’s bound to serve up some serious Hip-Hop and Soul heat.
The announcement is making it a sure bet that 2016 will be a tremendous year for Phonte, maybe even more successful than 2015. With the release of Tales From the Land of Milk & Honey in August, the Foreign Exchange released their sixth album, and with the success of VH1’s film The Breaks, Phonte’s been able to add acting and ghostwriting to his resume. Now that the film has been picked up for expansion as a television series, many will be hoping for Phonte’s continued contributions, but fans are likely to be more than satisfied with a solo album, regardless of any other ventures. With a September 30 release date for No News Is Good News, it’s looking like it will be a groovy summer.