Awon & Phoniks
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Awon & Phoniks

Newport News, Virginia, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

Newport News, Virginia, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Duo Hip Hop Jazz


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"CD review: Awon & Phoniks’ ‘Golden Era’ handles hard truths in moving ways"

"Phoniks paints one beautiful soundscape after another – a perfect canvas itself for the soft-spoken and patient Awon." - Portland Press Herald

"Support Your Local Rapper: Week of 3/10/14"

"Phoniks has been holding it down for Jazzy producers across the country." - The Source

"Free Download: Awon & Phoniks – Return To The Golden Era"

Awon continues to impress as he crafts dope rhymes and flows beautifully over the boom bap production from Phoniks. - The Find Magazine


Return to the Golden Era (2013) -
Dephacation (2014) -



Antwan Wiggins also known by his stage name “Awon” has distinguished himself as an emcee. Born on March 6, 1980 in Brooklyn, New York Awon was surrounded by culture. His earliest memories are of graffiti lined subway cars and DJ’s having jams in his neighborhood of Fort Greene. His influences were other prominent emcees of the Golden Era of Hip Hop like Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, and Slick Rick. In 1989 his family relocated to Newport News, Virginia.

As a teenager, Awon found himself immersed in an underground Hip Hop scene marked by smooth, jazzy production such as that of A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets, and The Roots. Influenced by the culture, he was able to cultivate his own skills on the microphone and paid dues through various talent shows and showcases.

In 2006, AWON appeared as a feature on Canibus’s Hip Hop For Sale album on a track produced by Nottz. At the time, Awon was working with a crew, The Soul Students, on his debut album Beautiful Loser that was released on May 17, 2008 by Goon Trax Records in Japan.

Since then, Awon has been a figure in the new emerging Jazz Hop scene, working with close friend, Kameleon Beats to create distinctive sounds. Other collaborative efforts with producers such as Thomas Prime and Soul Chef were able to expand the sound to set a global presence. Most recently Awon has collaborated with the producer Phoniks on the future classic Return to the Golden Era. The album has been recieved well and continues to recieve great reviews and popularity amongst fans of underground Hip Hop.

Phoniks is a hip-hop producer from Portland, Maine known for his vintage-90′s boom bap production style and melodic jazz and soul samples. The 23-year old producer released the critically acclaimed “Return to the Golden Era” album with emcee Awon on in August of 2013 as well as a series of 4 remix tapes from 2011-2014. He has been featured in publications such as Respect Magazine, The Find Mag, The Word Is Bond, 2DopeBoyz,, and The Source. His recent works include a collaboration with Houston emcee Anti-lilly titled "Stories From the Brass Section".

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