STYLE: Hip-Hop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 95166-16834 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Steve Hayes
It's always exciting to hear projects with a completely fresh angle on hip-hop. Chinese American rapper Only Won has a refreshing and unique sound with a message born out of experience, having been in the game since '91. This is mixed with a lucid yet underground flow that mixes honesty, humour and intelligence through the album. "It's Only Won" is an amusing lead-in with clever plays on his name as he keeps praising till Jesus comes. "Glory" is a big reverberating track, "I can see clearly now the pain has gone." before grooving into a Chinese and English hook. Inventive wordplay fills a number of tracks like the excellent "Lyrical Engineer" with a host of technical names, acronyms filling the track. In the gently grooving, "When" you can hear the heart of God beating for one of his children. "Dim Sum" sees Only Won proclaiming his favourite food is Dim Sum. Yum yum! "Nations Under" challenges an America founded under God, but rejecting God and denying the rights of faith to the believer. This is true across the globe. The cry to God is that America be "under you Lord" featuring E-DOGG and One Truth. The powerful "Searchin" with Larissa Lam informs that in the deepest, darkest pain God is the answer we need, "there is a love that can overcome any pain." The "Outro" features some tight beatboxing. Inspiring.
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