IconAclass is the newest solo project from producer/MC, Will Brooks, who is best known for his work in dälek (Ipecac Recordings). As MC and co-producer in dälek, he explored the left of center/ wall of noise world ala My Bloody Valentine meets Public Enemy on six studio albums.
IconAclass sees him maintaining the gritty view of boom-bap he is know for, while returning to his roots. For the Ones is pure hip-hop, hypnotic heavy beats serve as more than just a backdrop for this MC. They focus a spotlight squarely on the lyrics, and iconAclass has a lot on his mind! From race relations to religion to corporate greed, IconAclass holds nothing back. Pushing forward into the new millennia with DJ Motiv providing the cuts, iconAclass is the next chapter for this ever evolving musician.
In his twelve year history with dälek , Brooks recorded six studio albums, plus countless 7″ and 12″ EP’s on labels from the US, UK, Europe and Japan. dälek also recorded collaborative records with Faust, Techno Animal, Young Gods, If/When, Kid 606, and DJ Baku. They toured the world extensively sharing the stage with the Melvins, Prince Paul, Zu, De La Soul, Isis, Pharcyde, DJ Spooky, Fantomas and countless others.
The record will be released on 26 September.
For the perfect introduction to his music iconAclass has just released this awesome video for the EP version of “I Got It”, check it out on youtube.
Additional notes for editorial
– First post-dälek release from one of underground Hip-Hop’s most vital MC’s.
– Guest appearances from Deadverse Massive members, Oddateee and Komplx.
– Perhaps the only hip-hop album in existence to name check both HouseShoes and the Melvins.
– Lyrics available on request.
About the book release…
The Written Word: The iconAclass Manifesto is a book by Will Brooks in collaboration with graphic design artist Thomas Reitmayer.
The Written Word: The iconAclass Manifesto is a collection of all iconAclass lyrics to date. Focussing heavily on the lyrical side of HipHop, Brooks’ lyrics deal with everything from race relations to religion to corporate greed, putting a spotlight on the culture of HipHop itself with countless references to artists past and present.
Will Brooks and Thomas Reitmayer have been friends for many years, DJing and drinking and eating Pizza together. This collaboration finally found it’s focus in the release of The Written Word: The iconAclass Manifesto through Reitmayer’s newly founded Create and Destroy Press.
The Written Word: The iconAclass Manifesto will be featured in the upcoming DIY/underground HipHop documentary movie called “Leftfield”.
Forward by Adam Jones (Tool) and with quotes by Charles Hayward (This Heat), Joachim Irmler (Faust), Prince Paul, King Buzzo (Melvins), Dale Crover (Melvins) are all included!
There are UK shows in the works, meanwhile, check out this clip from a recent rehearsal as a taster of what the live show will entail.