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"K. Sparks Stimulus package"

One of a handful of early singles off K. Sparks "Read Between The Lines" dropping in early December. - Hip Hop DX


"K. Sparks Show Off"

K. Sparks releases the first single off his next project "Read Between The Lines." - Hip Hop DX


"K. Sparks Read Between The Lines"

Bringing love from the borough of Queens, NYC K. Sparks is a name you should get to know. For you today we have his latest release ‘Read Between the Lines’ which just recently premiered over on The DJBooth. Back again is Sparks with 12 original tracks from the smooth flowing rhyme sayer with some vocal flavors added in from Nation, Melinda, Paul Rivers Bailey and Tina Quallo. Backed with some saucy beat-gineering from Bugseed, DJ Bobby Bob, Kurser, Navi, Paul Cabbin,Payozo, Sean Ross and T Mos this newest digital release from K. Sparks is just what you need to get that chilled out Monday night started. - The Dankles


"K. Sparks Read Between The Lines"

Back with his latest full-length. 12 original cuts that can be streamed/downloaded - Good Fella Media


"K. Sparks Read Between The Lines"

K. Sparks slid me an early copy of his new album a couple of weeks ago and I must say, this is some of his best work to date. - Kevin Nottingham


"K. Sparks Read Between The Lines"

The Queens spitkicker is back with his latest full-length. 12 original cuts that can be streamed/downloaded after the jump. - 2dopeboyz


"K. Sparks Read Between The Lines"

Queens rhymesayer and perennial reader fave K. Sparks has come together with The DJBooth to bring fans his latest digital full-length, Read Between the Lines. A musical reflection on the deceptiveness of appearances and the need for outside-the-box thinking, the set finds the artist casting a critical eye on the world around him over the course of 12 original jams, as well as one bonus cut. Included on the tracklist are previously-featured singles "Wonder Years," "Stimulus Package," "Smooth Cafe," "Leaders" and "Show Off."

Joining Sparks on the guest tip throughout Read Between the Lines are J.D., Nation, Melinda, Paul Rivers Bailey and Tina Quallo. Beats come courtesy of Bugseed, DJ Bobby Bob, Kurser, Navi, Paul Cabbin, Payozo, Sean Ross and T Mos.

Included is a special Digital Booklet and a chance to win an exclusive prize from K. Sparks.
- DJ Booth


"KevinNottingham"

In case you all haven’t been keeping up with K. Sparks‘ Manic Mondays, here’s a compilation of all the joints up to now. Sparks has been doing his thing for the past 4 months… pure heat ya’ll. Shouts to Tiff at Incrowd Online!

http://kevinnottingham.com/2008/12/20/k-sparks-manic-mondays-mixtape-vol-1/ - http://kevinnottingham.com/2008/12/20/k-sparks-manic-mondays-mixtape-vol-1/


"DJ Booth"

DJ Booth: What’s goin’ on, everybody? It’s your boy “Z,” doin’ it real big, and joining me inside the DJ Booth is a South Jamaica, Queens native who enjoys his Mondays on the manic side. Please welcome Booth favorite, K. Sparks – how you doin’?

K. Sparks: What’s up, Z? I’m happy to be here.

DJ Booth: We’re happy to have you. Everybody at DJBooth knows K. Sparks as the guy behind Manic Mondays, but, really, this series is not the beginning of your journey in music, so briefly walk all our listeners through how you got to this point.

K. Sparks: It’s been a long journey, man. I really started freestyling in my teenage years, pretty much – 13, 14, 15 – and I used to do a lot of battling on the local level in Queens. From there, I just started doin’ a lot of talent shows all over Queens, all over Brooklyn, Bronx – you name it, I was doin’ it – and that kinda just graduated to me doin’ the mixtapes. I’ve put out, roughly, to date, maybe 25 mixtapes, and I distributed maybe 10 underground albums independently. What I did recently was I started up my own independent company called Double Up Entertainment, so I pretty much filter all the music through that. That’s pretty much a real brief mini-bio of what I’ve been up to.

DJ Booth: So, from the time you started rapping to now – you’re 25 – did you envision you’d be where you’re at now?

K. Sparks: No, never, man. I just did it ‘cause it was something I loved to do; I didn’t think that it would accumulate into what it is right now. It’s amazing, man, ‘cause you just start out doin’ something that you love, it’s your passion, really like a hobby, and it turns out to be a profession. It’s great; I love it, man.

DJ Booth: I call it a dream.

K. Sparks: [laughs] Yeah, definitely.

DJ Booth: K, you’ve credited artists like Mickey Factz and
Crooked I

, both of whom have conducted successful online-only series with a weekly release, as inspiration for your Manic Mondays. At what point did you seriously consider doing something similar?

K. Sparks: After Mickey Factz did it, I pretty much saw that this is a real good tool, that can pretty much catapult an artist to the fans out there. ‘Cause everything is digital right now, that’s a real, real major part of the industry. I have so many talented producers, I said to myself, “Why not?” It’s just a natural progression. And we were doin’ songs prior to this. We had a lot of music. To me it’s just second nature. A lot of dudes, they concentrate on doin’ mixtape songs, but I don’t, because I don’t really see the point in rapping over a beat that has been rapped over a million times. Like, you hear a lot of artists on the “A Milli” beat, but who cares? [Everyone’s] heard that beat so many times, so I concentrate on the originals. I was like, “Hey, man, this is a perfect outlet for me to give people quality music, and at the same time challenge myself on a weekly basis to keep outdoing what I did the week prior.”

DJ Booth: So you’re saying we’re not going to hear you jump on the “Swagga Like Us” beat, is that what you’re saying?

K. Sparks: Oh, no, no. [laughs]

DJ Booth: Good, because that one’s been done just as much as “A Milli.”

K. Sparks: Yeah, yeah, I can’t – I won’t do that to y’all.

DJ Booth: Good. While you decided whether or not to do this series, did you think to yourself, “That’s a lot of work; I really don’t know if I wanna put that much work into a weekly series?”

K. Sparks: Honestly, Z, I never did, ‘cause my whole thing is that I’m very competitive. So, if [nothing] else, it’s something that I do because I’m competitive against myself, and I wanna raise the bar. I never really thought, “It’s too much, I’m gonna get tired of it,” because it’s a challenge. If you really take it seriously, you really love the craft, you really have an appreciation for hip hop as an art form, you should take pride in it. It’s something that I take pride in, every week, bein’ able to give people something that’s quality as opposed to quantity, actually just takin’ the time to say, “Yo, I’m gonna make something dope,” and it’s something for the people, man – I figure they deserve that. There’s enough garbage that they’re bein’ forced to pay for, so why not give them something good for free?

DJ Booth: Absolutely. I know all about garbage; it fills up my inbox seven days a week. I hope nobody listening here takes offense, and if you are I guess that means your stuff’s garbage. K., dropping new material on a constant basis is bound to cause an occasional bout of writer’s block. How often have you experienced what really is probably an artist’s worst enemy?

K. Sparks: I mean, the writer’s block situation, that normally comes [when] I’m really low on beats. Normally, in the course of a week, I might get 30 or 40 beat submissions, but on a low week I might get only 15. If some of those beats aren’t grabbing me, and aren’t motivating me to write something good, then that’s a problem, ‘cause I can’t really write to something I’m not feeling; that’s like goin’ out with a girl that’s ugly – you’re not gonna want to kiss her or do anything with her! [laughs] So that’s the only problem: if the beats aren’t really there, then there’s a lack of inspiration. But for the most part, that’s only really happened maybe once or twice, and even when that did happen to me, I pulled the best out of those beats, as opposed to just sayin’, “Okay, this has to be a hot beat in order for the song to be great.”

DJ Booth: So, for all of you producers out there who are thinking of submitting a beat to K. Sparks, if he doesn’t listen for a second time around, the date is over – it’s over!

K. Sparks: [laughs] Exactly.

DJ Booth: Now, K., major labels have had a very difficult time accepting the Internet as a viable means of successful artist promotion. They don’t know what the word “free” means, evidently. So explain the decision to provide music, knowing that you’re really just paying it forward, ‘cause you’re not getting any monetary gain immediately?

K. Sparks: Right, exactly, Z. The industry has become so greedy; everything is just about the financial return that they get, which, in respect to that, it is a business, so of course they wanna make money off it, but, at the same time, what they fail to realize is that the Internet is a big tool, man, and you could basically put a hot song out there on a Monday, and by the time Saturday comes, it’s all over the world – someone in Africa, someone in London, England, they have your music. What they have to understand is that giving something away for free it’s necessarily a bad thing, because, in the long-term, it can pay off for you. I think that they’ve become so greedy, and everything must make money, because they’re spendin’ so much money on these artists, they’re spendin’ so much money on the videos, they ain’t trying to hear nothing for free. They’re basically just like, “Listen: we know that we paid for this, and we just want a return immediately.” And with hip hop, man, sometimes you’ve just gotta put it out there and let the people determine what it’ll do.

DJ Booth: Let’s say you were offered a cushy executive job at one of the four major labels for one full year – A, could you part with the ability to create new music for 365 straight days, and, B, how would you go about changing industry politics? So, forget major labels, just industry politics in the music business in general, which currently is plaguing this business and its future?

K. Sparks: First part of the question, I would still have to do my music, ‘cause that’s just me, man. Music is my therapy, that’s how I release. If I’m havin’ a bad day, or I’m havin’ a good day, either way, that’s my therapy, when I sit down with that pen and that pad. So, I would still have to do that, man. I’d oversee projects and I’d be like, “Listen, dude, you’ve got a great album, but I’ll listen to it after I do this Manic Mondays song.” [laughs]

DJ Booth: Glad you’ve got your priorities straight.

K. Sparks: Yeah, that’s the first thing, man. The second thing, as far as the [industry politics] situation, you’ve got to get back to artist development. I’m a firm believer in that. I think that Barry Gordy and a lot of people, they really set the bar for artist development – I mean, back in the day, you’re talkin’ about guys who actually took the time to cultivate the artist. They weren’t just concerned with signing you and getting your a Hype Williams video, and just wanting a return – these guys actually [put] real deep effort [into] how you look, how you dress, how you talk, and I think that’s not there no more, man. I think all these guys care about is, “Yo, can he rap? Okay, give him a record deal.”

DJ Booth: The irony of what you said is, labels are signing people who can’t rap. You don’t even need to rap to get a record deal these days – it’s amazing!

K. Sparks: Exactly.

DJ Booth: Many of our members who leave comments for your Manic Mondays feature every Monday use the word “real” to describe your work. Over the past few years, though, I feel like the word “real” has become cliché; it’s lost its real meaning – no pun intended. Do you think its usage when referring to your work, though, is fitting?

K. Sparks: Yeah, I really do, Z, ‘cause, you know what? I really take pride in everything that I write. I can’t tell you how many times I might write something and actually throw it away and say, “Nah, man, I can’t say that.” Because I hold myself to a higher standard than most of these other rappers. And that’s not tryin’ to take no jabs at nobody, ‘cause everybody can do what they do, but I really pride myself on bein’ real and bein’ honest, and I actually try to maintain that sense of integrity. You know, it can be a club record, but there’s still a way to go about it in a classy way – you’re gettin’ your point across, but they know it’s comin’ from a sincere place. I’ve been through a lot of stuff, Z – like, stories for days – so that’s why, when I step in that booth, I’ve always got something to say. I can say it in a way that can captivate the person and just hold their attention, because I really put that effort into it, man. It’s about the passion.

DJ Booth: You’ve put a lot of people at ease, knowing that you have material for days. A lot of [our members] are probably thinking to themselves, “How long is he gonna actually be able to do this series?” and I read on your blog, you’ve got 38 more cuts ready for us, right?

K. Sparks: Yeah, Z! I mean, to this day, I probably have over 500 songs recorded.

DJ Booth: So, who puts out material for a longer period, you or Pac?

K. Sparks: Wow… Pac is the man. I’m tryin’ to keep up with Pac. It’s funny you brought him up, ‘cause that’s one of the dudes that I still look up to, to this day, even though he’s no longer here – God rest his soul. That’s what made me want to do music: his passion and his drive. You’re talking about a man who, even after he passed, this guy still has music comin’ out, and that’s where the rumors start, like, “Yo, is he really alive in Puerto Rico? Is he recording?” That’s exactly how I want to be, man. I’m glad you brought that up.

DJ Booth: The only difference, though, is that I would like for you to be alive to see the success throughout all the releases.

K. Sparks: [laughs] I would like that very much, too.

DJ Booth: I figured you’d agree with me.

K. Sparks: Definitely! [laughs]

DJ Booth: K., once Manic Mondays are a wrap, what do you hope will be your next move?

K. Sparks: The ultimate goal, man, I’m really looking to take things to the next level. And just a major distribution deal would be best. You know, I’m not looking for your typical record deal where artists feel they have to be signed to a major to do everything for them, ‘cause with Double Up Entertainment, we’re self-contained. Everything that needs to be done, as far as distributing the music and everything, we do that. We’re havin’ a lot of success on the independent level. There’s always a plus and a negative side to everything, and I think the plus with a major is, they still have the ability to reach more people. At the end of the day, they can always have that extra leverage. Maybe something on that level as far as distribution, just to get the music out there a little bit more. And that’s really it, man, ‘cause, like I said, financially everything is cool. We’re not one of these bootleg labels that really doesn’t have anything going on – it’s a movement.

DJ Booth: Well, that sounds like a hell of a plan; I hope to see it come to full fruition.

K. Sparks: Thank you, man.

DJ Booth: No, thank you for joining me inside the DJ Booth and making great music. K, give everyone a website, a MySpace page, so they can find out more.

K. Sparks: Definitely, Z. The best spot for them to catch me at is on MySpace. That’s myspace.com/ksparksmusic. And pretty much I post up the Manic Mondays there every week, I put the download links so people can download [them], they can get the new music. There’s a lot of mixtapes comin’ out, a lot of independent album projects, so I’ll keep the information posted up on the blog, for anybody that wants to support the movement, which, you know, it’s a lot of people. I appreciate it, man. Much love to y’all, DJBooth.net. I told y’all when I did that song, “Rewind:” I f*ck with DJBooth.net, ‘cause y’all are some real dudes, and I just appreciate everything that you’re doin’. Thanks a lot, Z.



- http://www.djbooth.net/index/interviews/entry/k.-sparks-interview-1209081/


"2 Dope Boyz"

Here goes another new joint from one of the dopehouse’s latest suppliers. Week 48 of Sparks‘ Manic Mondays (I know… late!) features a joint about over coming ones own problems in life.

- http://2dopeboyz.okayplayer.com/2009/07/22/k-sparks-let-me-fly-f-julius-francis/


"Baghatvinyl"

Name: K. Sparks a.k.a The Future Problem

Area you represent: I'm from South Side Jamaica Queens New York...born and raised.

Years On The Mic: I've been rhyming for 9 years putting out product like clock work.

What's the history of K. Sparks?
K. Sparks: I started rhyming around 14 or 15 years old. When I first started rhyming I didn't take it seriously. I would just rhyme because it was fun, and I liked to freestyle for the competitive nature of battling other emcees. As I started getting older, I started taking my craft more seriously and started to realize I had the potential to take my talent to the next level. When I first started making songs in the studio I was sixteen and I was part of a rap group, but the group didn't last because everyone decided it was best if we did our own thing's. Once the group parted ways I got on my grind serious. I started making songs, and before I knew it I had put out four mixtapes, 1 promo tape, and 2 underground albums. People asked me "damn, where the hell are you getting all this material from"? At that point and time in my life I was going through a lot of personal shit that contributed to a lot of that material...my mother was in and out of the hospital like every other week, my brother had a mental condition that was getting worse, and life in general at that point and time was just fucked up for me, but music helped me overcome that because I was able to convey all of my stress into my music. Furthermore, after dealing with a bunch of cornball managers, homo ass producers, and groupie A&R's that were all lame ass motherfuckers, I decided to do my own thing and start up my own company Double Up Entertainment. Now I distribute my own product as I see fit without some morons pulling strings behind the scenes.

What sets you apart from the other emcees out there?
K. Sparks: What sets me apart from other emcees is that K. Sparks is not just another ignorant, repetitive artist...I'm an innovative, intelligent, artist/business man. I pride myself on being educated about the business aspect of the music industry so I'll always be able to put myself and my team in the best position possible.

What other emcees out there have inspired you to do what you do?
K. Sparks: I listen to all kinds of artist and musical genres. I listen to Ludacris, Little Brother, Nas, Jay Z, Ras Kass, Eminem, Lupe Fiasco and Twista. Then I'll also listen to R&B acts like Dwele, Jill Scott, John Legend and Tonex. All of those artist inspire me, but you can hear it in my music because I make all kinds of songs that all of those artist inspire.

I see you have done 4 mixtapes, and underground lp, and 1 promo cd. Constantly working I see. What's up with the mixtape "The Future Problem Pt. 3"? How has the reaction been so far?
K. Sparks: The reaction has been crazy to the CD. I have been getting a lot of love. Mixtapekings.com just did an interview on me about the tape, I've also been getting a lot of love from DJ's like my man Fade, and Cool Kev. I think people appreciate my music because I don't try to be something I'm not. My music conveys reality...most rappers get caught up in the Tony Montana syndrome and start making that I.N.S music (Ignorant Nigga Shit) talking about shit that they have never done, and probably will never do...losers.

- http://www.baghatvinyl.com/interviews_ksparks.html


"Okayplayer"

K. Sparks is the kind of rapper who doesn't seem to care if you like him or not, because he knows he's that good and those who don't hear this will get blasted verbally. At least this is the way he represents himself on The Future Problem Vol. 2, which does play as a proper album but is being released as a mix CD. He does not mind interpreting his lyrics with a number of different musical styles. "
Climax" is a not-so-explicit song about one of the joys of sex, but is done over a smoothed out jazz instrumental with an acoustic guitar. The concept might seem to fail on paper, but it works on this CD. There are songs that are hardcore in the NYC sense, and when it comes to blessing the mic he is in control. Those are words you may not hear too much these days in any hip-hop, but K. Sparks comes off confident but not cocky, an attitude that is appreciated in today's competitive marketplace. Other favorites include "Break Dat Break Dat", "Move Over", and the Marvin Gaye-influenced "Three The Hard Way".

The production is quite nice, but it seems he needs to work with people who are able to generate the same kind of musical energy K. Sparks does with his words. This is what he is, an energetic MC. If the title of this CD is a blueprint for what he hopes to do in the music business, he's off to a great start. - http://www.okayplayer.com/reviews/old-reviews/k.-sparks-200610124793/


"Frost Click"

The Free Album
"Definition" is a collaborative work of K. Sparks & Pajozo. K. Sparks wrote almost all of the songs, while Pajozo produced and mastered them. All tracks were recorded at K. Sparks' Double Up Entertainment Studios in NY by Big Drew & Dave Barz. K. Sparks wanted to release the "Definition" album free and under Attribution-No Derivative Works Creative Commons License to thank his loyal fans for the continuous support and to allow his music to be heard by more people around the world. Share & enjoy the freebie. - http://www.frostclick.com/wp/index.php/2009/01/20/k-sparks-gives-back-to-his-fans-by-distributing-th


"illroots"

I chopped it up with talented emcee K. Sparks recently to talk about his new album and much more. Be sure to check this kid out, he’s bringing that smart, entertaining hip-hop back.

iR: How are you man? What’s going on with you currently?

K. Sparks: I’m great homie, there are a lot of BIG things happening with Double Up Ent. I just released Hip Hop 101 and it’s doing well. Now I’m about to start touring as well so I’m excited. No complaints.

iR: Sounds dope, tell us about that Hip Hop 101 Joint.

KS: Hip Hop 101 is an album that I released under the Double Up Ent. imprint. It consists of production from underground heavyweights such as Presto, Fero Navi, Big Drew, Moe, and Pajozo. It also features Angelous, Tina Quallo, and other artists. I’m proud of the project because it is a REAL hip hop album, no bullshit music like these other herbs put out. They make that sell out music, I feel like they might as well put on the black face and do a jig with some corn bread the way they sound on the mic [Laughs].

iR: [Laughs] Damn. How would you describe your sound?

KS: Eclectic, my music is really all over the place. It depends on my mood. I make everything from traditional Hip Hop to Jazz/Hip Hop. I grew up on Tribe, and other soulful cats so my music reflects that. But I also grew up in the Mase/BIG era so I do party music as well. But I always try to “sneek” in an intelligent message in my lyrics here and there, ’cause if I try to do it to blatant radio won’t play it.

iR: I feel that completely. That whole Dumb It Down stuff Lupe was talking about.

KS: Exactly, most cats dumb it down to the point that their music is not saying anything. I feel that music is like food, you can’t have junk food all of the time. If you don’t have a balanced meal (a few vegetables) here and there everyone would be sick. Party/Dance songs are cool, but there must be balance. Those songs are not an accurate reflection of real life. Let’s be honest, everyday when you wake up you don’t feel like poppin’ bottles, some days you are stressed, some days you are jaded, therefore music should reflect all of your moods if you are truly a real artist.

iR: Definitely. So how did you feel when Ice-T went at Soulja Boy for his music?

KS: [Laughs] Ice-T was out of line. Granted, Soulja Boy’s music is light hearted and meant for a certain age demographic. However, that is my main point, his music is for a “certain age demographic”. His music is not for men Ice T’s age. So for him to attack him in that manner was wrong. I don’t care for Soulja Boy’s music, but that is my opinion, and I wouldn’t disrespect the kid because he never dissed me. I feel that it wasn’t warranted. Furthermore, as an “elder” as Ice T refers to himself he should conduct himself as an elder. Exhibit respect in order to get it. If you tell a young nigga to eat a dick what the fuck do you think he is gonna say?

iR: [Laughs] True that. Who are some of the artists that primarily influenced your style to this day?

KS: Wow, there are a lot of cats. Emcees like Ras Kass, The Bush Babies, Nas, Biggie and 2pac all influenced me in various ways. Those cats were all very lyrical so it made me want to spit harder bars. I always put more emphasis into my lyrical content and flow due to listening to those cats. And then when Pun came out it was a wrap. His raps were like Hip Hop on steroids (laughs) when I heard his flow he made me step up my game. I started putting more emphasis on rhyme patterns as well as my flow. Those cats were/are dope lyricist that influenced me.

iR: What part of rhyming do you find most important?

KS: Flow is primary. I say flow because if you are not flowing on the beat properly everything else is irrelevant. If the beat is hot, your content is on point, and you have swagger but no flow hang it up buddy. I have heard plenty of rappers that rap on garbage beats but the flow is crazy so you listen to it. Once you have a killer flow people will listen. A perfect example of this is Camp Lo. I loved these cats growing up, but truth be told myself and damn near everyone else had no fucking idea what these guys were talking about [Laughs]. They flow is crack, but they were all over the place with their content from geechi suade to all kinda shit. It didn’t make sense to the average listener, but that didn’t matter because the flow was in pocket and they road every beat properly.

iR: Good point right there. Was there a moment growing up where you were like “I wanna rap.”

KS: I never really ever felt like “I wanna rap”. I kinda started rapping as a result of my fam. One day he told me to come to his crib after school cuz he had a studio at his crib. I went there and spit some bars off the top, after that it was a wrap, I just started going hard from there and I’m glad he sparked that moment cuz that changed my life forever. I’ve been doing music professionally for a while now.

iR: Do you remember some of your first rhymes?

KS: Yeah, they suck [Laughs]. I was rapping about shit that I heard as opposed to what was real to me. But I sat back and found my niche and started rapping about what was my reality as apposed to what sounded good on paper.

iR: [Laughs] I respect that. Where do you see yourself this time next year?

KS: This time next year I see myself in an even better position. There are so many positive things going on that I can’t lose. I don’t accept failure, only victory. I’m very positive and optimistic so I expect the best and won’t accept anything less.

iR: If you could work with any artist, who would it be?

KS: I would like to work with Common. I like the fact that he actually has something to say, and he doesn’t spit the same bullshit as these other artist. He does a good job of keeping balance with the music. We have enough of the bonafide sell out koon music, we need more cats like him.

iR: Yeah, that’d be a dope collab. What can we expect from you to come?

KS: Right now, Double Up Entertainment just solidified a distribution deal so my albums are all over the place from stores to Target. The next projects coming out under the distribution is a joint collaboration with Brooklyn Emcee Angelous called Two Stories we will be putting out that album project in November 2008. I have a second album project coming out this year called Definition. That album is entirely produced by my partner Pajozo, the project essentially represents real Hip Hop in it’s purest from from real Hip Hop beats to solid lyrics. And lastly I will also be releasing a compilation that features the Double Up Entertainment family such as Tina Quallo, D Roof, and Dave Barz. I also have a K. Sparks mixtape coming out mixed by DJ Locky.

iR: That’s whats up, so your keeping yourself busy [Laughs].

KS: [Laughs] Yeah, busy like day laborers.

iR: [Laughs] I can relate. What’s the best peice of advice you’ve received, and from who?

KS: The best piece of advice I received is from my pops. He told me a long time ago “always insist upon yourself, and remember persistence wears down resistance”. He told me that when I was young, but as I grew older I really understood what he was saying to me. In life the only person that you can rely on 100% is yourself. If you don’t go hard for yourself you damn sure shouldn’t expect the next person to do for yourself what you won’t do. And even if a door closes in your face, keep going hard because persistence wears down resistance. The only time you truly lose is when you stop trying, as long as you continue to try you will win eventually. It may not be today, may not be tomorrow, but you will succeed.

iR: Wow, thats really deep. Are your family big supporters of your music?

KR: Yeah, my pops use to be a jazz player and had his own band. He understands the grind. He’s seen the music industry go through various changes and he knows the grind. My mother has always been supportive as well, family is the foundation, without their support it makes things harder.

iR: Thats dope, real dope. Whats your best personal hip-hop memory?

KS: My best memory is a few. For starters I got literally 100 messages from women all over the world that were touched by my “Coulda Been” song. They stated that due to the song being about abortion it really moved them and touched them in a special way. To me that means the most, when my music can actually touch people in that way. It shows me that what I am doing has purpose and it actually helps people. And even more recently I made a song called “Bi Polar” about my brother that suffers from the disease. And the response has been over whelming from individuals that suffer from the disease as well. Those personal Hip Hop memories mean the most to me because it’s confirmation that I’m making a difference.

iR: Do you feel writing about personal experiences leaves you with a better attachment to your music?

KS: Mos def, it gives me satisfaction the most, and it’s real. I’m one of the very few artist in the New York underground that actually makes “real” music. I know a lot of these artist personally and they are nothing like their lyrics, nor do they have the shit they rap about in their lyrics. I like to rap about what is real because like you said I feel a better attachment to my music. The irony in all of this is that the stuff that these other guys rap about I have but i don’t boast about it. I have a nice crib, drive a nice car, but my fans and the world deserve to hear more from K.; Sparks other than my BMW. In the scheme of things who cares about me having a BMW? Most people living in the hood don’t drive luxury cars, so I would be doing myself and the listeners a disservice if I did so. It’s all about the attachment.

BONUS: DJ Killa P & K. Sparks - When The Smoke Clears (Mixtape) - http://illroots.com/2008/09/17/featured-k-sparks/


"HipHopUpdate"

The first track is off of Hannibal King's upcoming original EP, 'Eating Cornbread on the Millenium Falcon.' How Hannibal came up with that name is beyond me, but looking at the tracklist, we have some promising features. Check out this K.Sparks feature off the EP, then another new one from Sparks as well. - http://hiphopupdate.blogspot.com/2009/08/two-new-tracks-from-ksparks.html


"Rap Mullet"

Welcome K. Sparks to the review section. This Queens MC has been doing his thing for a minute, dropping multiple projects as well as appearing on numerous mixtapes over the last couple years, The first time I heard a K. Sparks track was on a DJ Fade mixtape so props to Fade for not only recognizing talent but shinning the spot light on up coming MCs from NYC. Just off that one track I heard off the Fade mixtape I can't tell you anything else about K.Sparks as an MC. He's billing himself as a future problem....lets see why.


While the "Green Lantern" freestyle was cool and all it didn't nearly impress like "Chicky Boom". Now personally that song title is a little corny but titles aside this track should have set the CD off. The guitar riff in this track is some crazy ass shit and Sparks was spittin' with that pearl white handle flow; the word play was top notch too. In the same respect, "Tilt and Lean" was murderous too. I mean the increased BPM got K. Sparks shinning like a mutha fucka. Peep when that bass drops too...another joint that can bump in the ride or the club. No lie...my favorite joint was "Love Jones" with Tina Quallo on the hook. This track was just smooth, I was in the whip laid back to this shit. "Ghetto Jazz" was cool, def not your average mixtape track...I like the fact K. Sparks isn't afraid to take chances with the sounds. Content wise he's hitting on different topics, with a lil story telling like on "It's On" and always staying sharp witted with the word play.

Shout to DJ OB, he really kept shit moving on here. Just the little bit of skills on joints like "Chicky Boom" and "Tilt and Lean"; bringing the records back let you know the shit you were about to hear was gonna be some fly shit. A couple things impressed me about K. Sparks; his flow and delivery were crazy and he was not afraid to "naturally" drop a potential club track. A lot of MCs go into the booth forcing shit to a certain sound but he kept it au natural. The main thing tho with this project is you can tell K. Sparks truly knows who he is and it shows in the content of the music. (2/5/07) - http://www.rapmullet.com/artist/artist12.htm


"Hoodgrownonline"

Queens vs Brooklyn is a project that combines the experiences of K. Sparks & Angelous. Queens vs Brooklyn consist of 21 tracks that take the listener on a journey from start to finish. Production includes a various range of talented individuals such as Kurser, T-Mos, Big Drew, Pajozo, and various others. K. Sparks & Angelous display their talents on various songs that display their unique rhyming abilities and creative talents. Queens vs Brooklyn features a variety of talented artist such as Julius Francis and Tina Quallo. K. Sparks & Angelous solidify themselves as diverse artist that are able to tackle a versatile project. - http://hoodgrownonline.com/k-sparks-angelous-queens-vs-brooklyn-mixtape.html


Discography

Read Between The Lines (Dec 2, 2012)

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Bio

K. Sparks is a rap artist, music producer and writer that has inked and crafted several songs for various artists; K. Sparks truly embodies the term Real Hip Hop. With his passionate tone, sincere lyrics, and drive for Christ it is very clear that he is on a mission to help up lift people through music.

K. Sparks was born in South Jamaica Queens New York to a family that instilled the basic values of hard work within him. Growing up, he always knew he was destined to be an artist, "I would write lyrics in my classes...by the end of the day I would have about 5 songs". At the age of 15, he started performing in various talent venues and began to create a buzz for himself within the Queens area. A short time later, he began recording several of his original songs.

From 2007-2012 As his level of recognition grew he began to record and write for numerous recording artist while gaining radio spins on major stations such as Hot 97 from Peter Rosenberg and Hot 93.7 in CT, Featured on MTV Mix tape Mondays twice (April 2007), Rap Fanatic Magazine (June 2007), DJ Booth Best New Artist Award (Jan 2009), Source Magazine Unsigned Hype (Jan 2010) okay player (Jan 2010) URB Magazine (Mach 2010), Tune core Featured Artist (Aug 2010) Performances at A3C Hip Hop Festival (Oct 2010), Performance at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (July 2011) Featured on DJ Envy's Audio Uprising Album (November 2011) and countless appearances on websites such as 2dopeboyz, DJ Booth, Kevin Nottingham, HipHopDX, All Hip Hop, Nahright and numerous others.

"I had everything material, drove nice cars, expensive jewelry, nice house, but still felt something was missing. I learned things can never make a person happy, only living a fulfilling life with purpose can do that" In August of 2012 his creative direction changed for the better; which created a new passion within him to uplift people through music with a more positive message. K. Sparks started to work on a collection of songs that evolved into his upcoming album entitled “Read between the Lines” that is slated to be released in December of 2012.

A graduate of York College of New York, K. Sparks resides in NY with his wife and daughter. His passion for music and drive for Christ fuels his drive to continue helping people through music. Known for the saying, "Persistence wears down resistance, so you have to always pursue your vision and never waiver" K. Sparks combines life experiences, social commentary and a witty sense of humor to provide the listener with a more in depth look at society, and message of encouragement and hope.