Phonte (b. Phonte Coleman) is a Grammy nominated American rapper, singer and songwriter. Phonte is one-half of the duo The Foreign Exchange, with Dutch producer Nicolay, and former member of the acclaimed North Carolina trio Little Brother, with Rapper Big Pooh & 9th Wonder. His rhymes tend to be no-frills tales of working-class life. He has also recorded a parody-like R&B EP under his alter ego Percy Miracles. Phonte has guested on numerous records by other artists, often as a vocalist on songs by the Justus League collective. He made a guest appearance on the song "Beats N' Rhymes" by Kev Brown's album I Do What I Do, and has also recorded tracks with producer Oddisee, both members of the Washington D.C (DMV)-based Low Budget Crew. In 2006, he was featured on producer DJ Shadow's The Outsider album. In the following year he contributed vocals to rap group Playaz Circle's "Paper Chaser", from their album Supply & Demand
Originally making hip-hop beats from his North Carolina Central University dorm room using software called Fruityloops and selling them on Soundclick, he has since become one of the more accredited producers in the hip hop music industry. As a part of the underground group, Little Brother, he gained widespread recognition and critical acclaim from underground hip hop world. When the upcoming producer released a remix album of Nas' 2002 album God's Son entitled God's Stepson, he began to get noticed by many mainstream hip hop artists. 9th Wonder landed a coveted production credit on Jay Z's highly anticipated The Black Album. The producer continued to produce for Little Brother along with many other underground hip hop artists/groups, including Jean Grae, Median, Murs, Legacy, and Access Immortal. 9th Wonder has also produced for many big name artists such as Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige, Freeway, and Memphis Bleek. Today, he still resides in North Carolina.