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spacer MP3: iCON the Mic King - "Sparks Fly" feat. Awar (Prod. By Vanderslice) 08.11.2009
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The Song:

iCON the Mic King is back with the third and final track from his Headphones Classics series. "Sparks Fly" is about as in-your-face as it gets, though iCON doesn’t show himself anywhere in the first two verses. Instead, he leaves the rhyming up to fellow emcee, Awar, who recently signed to iCON's new label, Master Works Unlimited. "Sparks Fly" ends up being a showcase of a track for Awar, who admits, "This is really me just flexing my bravado and skills with iCON laughing in the face of competition." We can thank Vanderslice, also under Master Works, for the instrumental portions of the track. His sparse bass lines are connected by a dark, pulsing 80’s synth sample. The aggressiveness of the track was something iCON was striving for, "The other two songs in the series are multi-layered, metaphorical masterpieces, but this track is just a sword-to-the-neck 'we're better than you' type track." iCON does his part when his voice is finally heard, closing the track with a high-energy verse. Make sure to check out all the tracks from iCON's Headphone Classics series.

Also be sure to check out material from Vanderslice, who produced these first two iCON tracks, as his new Fresh Baked Goods EP is out now via Master Works Unlimited. You can give a listen here:

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iCON Background:

Hailing from Philadelphia, iCON the Mic King has had a long career and first gained notoriety on the battle circuit. Winner of several rap battle competitions around the globe, iCON proved his ability to create lyrics on the spot, and achieved success in this arena until 2001, when he officially retired from battling to pursue composition and recording as a solo artist. iCON had been making music before he gained fame as a battle rapper and decided to focus on his studio chops. In 2002, he released Music for Bootleggas, which he sold in person and via his website. In 2004, he released his first studio album Intricate Spectrum, and has since released Mike and the Fatman and Rent Money Music II: C-Notes for the Car Note. iCON has the utmost pride for his work, and has decided that for his latest project, Headphone Classics, he will change up the distribution process. Rather than releasing an album or mixtape, Headphone Classics is a series of songs that will be accompanied with visual and video images, and iCON plans to release each in sequence. iCON's Headphone Classics series is the first set of releases on his new label, Mater Works Unlimited.

Awar Background:

Awar is a native New Yorker who resides in Albany. In 2005 he released his critically acclaimed solo album, Glory Days, which slipped below most hip-hop listeners radar due to limited distribution. He has been immersed in the NYC indie hip-hop culture for years, and has been a convincing factor in putting his Upstate New York area on the map. He is currently in the lab working with some of the best artists & producers in the game for his up-coming solo effort, The Laws of Nature. He is also the lead emcee of a live band orchestrated by DeeJay Tone, and one half of a duo known as Popular Strangers, which also includes his friend and long-time collaborator, iCON the Mic King.


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