Kanto & Dough-Boy Unite South Korea, Hong Kong With New Rap Video, 'Won'
Korean rapper Kanto connected with Hong Kong-based rapper-producer Dough-Boy online back in spring, and they recorded a hard-hitting hip-hop collaboration called "Won."
The two finally connected in Seoul, South Korea, in September to perform the track for the first time and shoot the music video, which was released by F Records on Thursday (Nov. 22).
As Dough-Boy and Kanto's first-ever collaboration, the track pays homage to both of the artists' hometown currencies: the Hong Kong Dollar and South Korean Won. Both rappers incorporate braggadocious delivery over an East Asian-inspired instrumental.
However, instead of bragging about how much he is spending, Dough-Boy tells Billboard Radio China the importance of saving: "I ain't spending like that cos I'm smart/ I could even go back to the start/ You ain't saving no money in the bank/ So why are you acting so hard?" he raps.
"The song's about trying to make money internationally," Dough-Boy adds. "It was a very smooth and organic process working with Elapse and Kanto. It is part of our goal to work with people outside of the Chinese scene. We connected more during the video shoot and shared our love for Visvim shoes and leather jackets."
Kanto told Billboard Radio China: "We are two artists from different cultures. We speak different languages, but became one through hip-hop. It was an honor to be working with Dough-Boy. Listeners will definitely feel something even though they might not understand the languages."