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North Carolina hip-hop fans have a lot to be excited about. The North Carolina based group, consisting of rapper Phonte Coleman and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange (@FEOfficial) is nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” category.

The 52th annual Grammy Awards ceremony airs live on Sunday January 31, 2010 at 8pm on CBS!

Check out this video of The Foreign Exchange talking about the nomination and their origins!

About The Foreign Exchange

The pair first made contact over message boards on and began recording and sending music back and forth. Soon after, Phonte and Nicolay formed The Foreign Exchange without having ever met each other in person, hence the name The Foreign Exchange.

The album, Connected, was released in 2004 and was a showcase for Nicolay’s musical talents as well as an introduction to like-minded Little Brother affiliates who guested on the album. The album received strong reviews and the single, “Sincere” featuring YahZarah, was released with a promo video.

In October 2008, the group released their sophomore album Leave It All Behind.

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