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Rebel heart cover
"Iconic"
Length 4:33
Writer(s) Madonna
Maureen McDonald
Toby Gad
Larry Griffin Jr.
Chancelor Bennett
DJ Dahi
Michael Diamonds Tucker
Producer(s) Madonna
Toby Gad
AFSHeeN
Josh Cumbee

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"Iconic" is a song off Madonna's thirteenth studio album Rebel Heart. The song features Chance the Rapper & Mike Tyson.

Background

Mike Tyson introduces this song with a boastful spoken word segment. Speaking to Rolling Stone about his contribution, Tyson revealed his curious inspiration. "When I did it, I think about being some guy like [Benito] Mussolini and they're really arrogant, but you try to come from a positive perspective and be uplifting," he said. "You watch Mussolini on television — even though we don't understand what he's saying — he is so mesmerizing. I look at myself in that way."

"I know people may say, 'This guy's a fascist' and all this stuff, but man, you can take positivity from watching him," Tyson added. "No wonder why Hitler was attracted to him. This guy's a hypnotic figure. There's so much pride behind what he's saying. I'm not even Italian and I feel the pride he's projecting. He had that street swag; he was doing this stuff with his hands and moving his head before it was even hip-hop."

Composition

It is an EDM song with trap influences, that starts with a "crowd cheering" and "rapturous applause" as Tyson opens the song with "a boastful spoken word segment". Later, the verses build up, with the hook having "a stomping rhythm to be sung 'en masse', with a high euphoric melody like a precocious, pre-recession club classic."

Lyrics

[Mike Tyson:]
I'm the best the world has ever seen. (I'm the best ever!)
I'm somebody you'll never forget cause I work hard and sweat in my tears. (Can't be stopped!)
I'm never falling again and if I did, I'd come back

[Madonna:]
If you try and fail, get up again
Destiny will choose you in the end
If you don't make the choice
And you don't use your voice
Someone else will speak for you instead
What you want is just within your reach
But you gotta practice what you preach
You pay with sweat and tears
And overcome your fears
Never let the fire inside you leave


"I can't", "icon" - two letters apart
One step away from being lost in the dark
Just shine your light like a beautiful star
Show the world who you are, who you are

Yeah, there's another part of you no one sees
There's a burning fire that's underneath
Baby, don't you know you were meant to be
Born to be, meant to be

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Iconic
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Tell me I'm no good and I'll be great
Say I have to fight and I can't wait
Standing in the wings
A butterfly that stings
I will rise above cuz it's my fate


"I can't", "icon" - two letters apart
One step away from being lost in the dark
Just shine your light like a beautiful star
Show the world who you are, who you are

Yeah, there's another part of you no one sees
There's a burning fire that's underneath
Baby, don't you know you were meant to be
Born to be, meant to be

Iconic
Iconic
Ironic
Iconic


Born to be a superstar, that's exactly what you are
Born to be a superstar, that's exactly what you are

[Chance The Rapper:]
Alright
Firefly change when they catch ya
Wanna put ya in their net for their light glow
Yellow brick highway
Paparazzi piled up on the high road
They just turned the sun into an idol
They just want to see how high the sky go
Just to find how it feel to fall back
Madonna said I remind her of Michael
Steady blowin' up my head
Blowin' up my head
Put it on your wall
Put me in the school book
Put me in your laws
Put me in the desk
And in the synagogues
Firefly glow when they catch ya
Wanna catch ya when ya lights go dim
Wanna turn you to a letter in their logo
Wanna stick you in a jar with a pen
You an icon

[Madonna:]
"I can't", "icon" - two letters apart
One step away from being lost in the dark
Just shine your light like a beautiful star
Show the world who you are, who you are

Yeah, there's another part of you no one sees
There's a burning fire that's underneath
Baby, don't you know you were meant to be
Born to be, meant to be

Iconic
Iconic
Ironic
Iconic

Iconic
Iconic
Ironic
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