20 of the Best Lyrics From Phonte’s ‘No News Is Good News’ Album
It's been a long time coming for Phonte Coleman's second solo album No News Is Good News. The North Carolina native, who first made his mark in the early aughts as a member of Little Brother, has an inclination toward group projects—he's also recorded collaborative works with Nicolay (as The Foreign Exchange), Zo! (Love the 80's) and singer Eric Roberson (Tigallerro). But Tay is the focus on his new work, which was first announced in February 2016 and slated for release in fall of that year. Now that the project has arrived, he reminds fans of why superstars like Drake and Kanye West have sung his praises. ("He knows he’s one of the biggest influences on my career," Drizzy told Village Voice of Phonte in 2011.)
“I didn’t want to write over the course of a year or two,” Phonte told WatchLoud in 2016 of the album. “This project will be a lot more immediate, with songs banged out in a short, concentrated burst.”
Phonte picks up where his 2011 solo debut Charity Starts At Home left off, addressing an array of topics that appeal to the average working-class family man grappling with the ups and downs of adulthood. With guest spots from Freddie Gibbs, Lute, Carmen Rodgers, Tamisha Waden, the 10-track No News Is Good News is a reminder of Phonte's status as one of the more insightful and cerebral artists in rap, with a style of artistry that has yet to lose its luster.
Having given No News Is Good News a few spins, XXL has handpicked 20 of the album's best lyrics and couplets that rank a cut above the rest.