A key player in hip-hopâ€™s golden age feud â€œThe Roxanne Warsâ€�, rapper Sparky D came on the scene in 1985 with the track â€œSparky's Turn (Roxanne You're Through).â€� The track criticized rapper Roxanne ShantÃ© and her track, â€œRoxanneâ€™s Revenge,â€� which was an â€œanswer songâ€� itself, one released in reply to the UTFO song â€œRoxanne, Roxanne.â€� On â€œSparkyâ€™s Turn,â€� D defended U.T.F.O., but the group failed to acknowledge the track, seeing it as an open door for more -- and lesser -- artists to get a piece of the â€œRoxanneâ€� craze that was sweeping hip-hop. They were right, as Dr. Freshh (â€œRoxanne's Doctor: The Real Manâ€�), Gigolo Tony & Lacey Lace (â€œThe Parents of Roxanneâ€�), Ralph Rolle (â€œRoxanne's a Manâ€�), and others soon followed. Sparky D would join forces with ShantÃ© for the 1985 EP Round 1, and go on tour with the revered DJ Red Alert. B Boy Records would release her debut album This Is Sparky-D's World in 1988, and then, in 1990, she landed on the Malcolm McLaren and World Famous Supreme Team cut â€œOperaa House.â€� After leaving the music business, Sparky would struggle with crack addiction, recovery, and move to Atlanta where she would reinvent herself as an EMT by night and gospel singer by day. ~ David JeffriesPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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