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Phonte - "Ball & Chain" (Sheldon Williams Remix)

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Phonte's "Ball And Chain" from his 2011 solo debut Charity Starts At Home is completely repackaged for a slowed-down remix from Sheldon Williams for the upcoming release of +FE Music: The Reworks. The track strips the original Swiff D production down to the vocal, maintaining the tempo and building something more of a bump and grind era "please baby please" r&b slow jam around it. The track sounds less inspired by the original producer's approach and more by the lyrical lamentations of FE frontman Phonte Coleman, as he searches for ways to explain a soured relationship. While the track stands somewhere between Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and New Edition's Heartbreak, the gorgeous piano work and panning synths are unmistakably FE standard musicianship. A great homage to an awesome decade or two of music that does not get enough credit, the "Ball And Chain" remix is a refreshing take on the original.