Only Won
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Only Won

Pasadena, California, United States | SELF

Pasadena, California, United States | SELF
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Crush 'em Like Godzilla (single) - 2011
The Lyrical Engineer (album) - 2010
Glory (EP) - 2006



Only Won brings a refreshing angle to the current music landscape. As the first bilingual Asian-American Hip-Hop artist (starting in '91), Only Won's witty rhymes and positive music are inspiring diverse audiences everywhere. Only Won has attracted fans and the attention of CNN and the Discovery Channel due to his clever music videos. Fans have enthusiastically embraced his personal re-imagining of the songs, "I Wanna Be an Engineer" (a parody of "Billionaire") and "Cantonese Boy," (a parody of "American Boy"). "Cantonese Boy" also featured the vocals of singer-songwriter and JCTV host, Larissa Lam.
He has shared the stage with many including T-Bone, Washington Projects, KaBUC of K2S, Minister RMB, Izreal, Maximillian, and E-DOGG Montana. He has performed at Spirit West Coast Music Festival, Knott's Berry Farm, JCTV, Green Planet Movie Awards and numerous events around the country.
Only Won was born in San Francisco and grew up in a Chinese family with humble beginnings and later moved to Sacramento. Though he played ball and hung out with different people from the streets, Only Won stayed out of trouble and was a creative honor student who played the viola in orchestra. Instead of being an "Original Gangster," he was an "Overachieving Geek" aka, the OG.
His first EP, "Glory" produced by music veteran Maximillian (JC Crew, T-Bone, Nitro Praise) released singles "Glory" and "Desperate Cry" that garnered radio airplay across the U.S. Only Won's latest full-length album on LOG Records, titled "The Lyrical Engineer," has more tracks highlighting his positive lyrical wit, depth and intelligence. For this project, Only Won joined forces with Grammy nominated producer Noel, of the pioneering Hip Hop duo, The Dynamic Twins. The new album allows Only Won's rhymes to cover a broader musical landscape that includes not only current Hip-Hop beats but also Reggae, R&B, and Gospel. This further shows that Only Won is no ordinary rapper and is not bound by stereotypes.