Vado and Raheem DeVaughn make some gangsta Quiet Storm hip-hop with It’s You. Check it out.

This one is surprisingly dope.  Vado and Raheem mesh much better than you would expect.

Click here to download.  It’s a fine line between corny and laid back, but when a hip-hip ballad is done properly it’s a good look.  Here are a few others that have straddled the line well:

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Phonte (formerly of Little Brother) and Nicolay continue to push the boundaries of hip-hop as The Foreign Exchange. This is their story.

The Foreign Exchange have dropped 2 stellar albums, but the 2 men comprising the group have kept a relatively low profile.  Here’s what they have to say about the group that grew from side project to full-time gig:

…and here are some of their best songs:

If the names Phonte and Nicolay mean anything to you then you know how The Foreign Exchange gets down. If not here’s some chill out rap.

Check out the latest single from The Foreign Exchange called Maybe She’ll think of me.  Little Brother may be gone, but the brother Phonte rocks on.

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Meditations on Hip-Hop, Vol. Too

Think of this as hip-hop for chilling, sitting back and relaxing or just marinating.  It’s hip-hop for a rainy day.  Just click here, hit play, minimize your browser and let it ride.  Tracklist is below:

Kick it to the Beat – J-Live

The Lights – Nicolay & Kay

Do You Think About Me – 50 Cent

U.N.I.T.Y. – Queen Latifah

Nic’s Groove – The Foreign Exchange

Act Too…The Love of My Life – The Roots

Intergalactic Soul – DJ Spinna ft. Phonte

Nighttime Maneuvers (9th Wonder Remix) – Little Brother

Magnificent – Rick Ross

Flashing Lights – Kanye West

Get Ta Steppin’ – Hi-Tek ft. Mos Def

Prescription – Wale

Just Another Day – Queen Latifah

Maybach Music – Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z

Losing My Balance – J. Cole

Jersey – Queen Latifah

Successful – Drake

Liberation – Outkast ft. Cee-Lo

Park Bench People – Freestyle Fellowship

If This is Love – The Foreign Exchange

SpottieOttieDopaliscious – Outkast ft. Erykah Badu

Umi Says – Mos Def