Phonte has been a champion of the underground for over a decade now, and Drake makes it no secret that Te's combination of rapping/singing is a direct influence. His group the Foreign Exchange with producer Nicolay was once viewed by Little Brother fans as a side-project, but has now blossomed into a Grammy-nominated outfit. The group's Authenticity Tour wrecked stages across Europe, and is now coming stateside.

The tour starts Friday, April 22 in Falls Church, VA, takes a two week break, then makes 13 different stops across the country. More West Coast dates are expected to be added soon; we'll keep you updated. The shows will feature a live band, singer Sy Smith, and, for the bulk of the tour, keyboardist/producer Zo!. Phonte and Zo! are a duo as well, so perhaps they'll play cuts from their Love the 80's project or a hilarious leak or two.

Foreign Exchange's US Tour Dates
4/22 - Fall Church, Va. - The State Theatre - Tickets
5/5 - Chicago - Double Door - Tickets
5/6 - Indianaplois - Athenaeum Theatre - Tickets
5/7 - Cleveland - Grog Shop - Tickets
5/8 - Detroit - Magic Stick - Tickets
5/10 - Lexington, Ky. - Cosmic Charlie's - Tickets
5/12 - Columbus, Ohio - Scarlet & Grey Cafe - Tickets
5/19 - Philadelphia - World Cafe Live - Tickets
5/20 - Pittsburgh - August Wilson Center - Tickets
5/21 - Baltimore - The 8x10 - Tickets
5/22 - Richmond, Va. - Alley Katz - Tickets
7/26 - Oakland, Calif. - The New Parish - Tickets
7/28 - Costa Mesa, Calif. - Detroit Bar - Tickets