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Bubba Sparxxx

No doubt the first of his kind, Bubba Sparxxx dumbfounded the hip-hop community -- and soon after, the mass market -- when he emerged out of nowhere with Timbaland in late 2001. When his debut single, "Ugly," hit urban radio, it was unmistakably a Timbaland production -- the "Get Ur Freak On" samples being a sort of trademark stamp. This drew initial attention to Sparxxx, who many initially thought of as yet another Dirty South rapper, albeit one lucky enough to be the flagship for Timbaland's start-up Beat Club label. But when the video for "Ugly" hit MTV and Sparxxx's face subsequently began appearing in the press, the dumbfounding truly set in: Sparxxx was not only from the South but was very large -- and white. In other words, he seemed the antithesis of what a rapper was supposed to be, and similar to the overnight success previous white rappers experienced -- Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice, Eminem -- Sparxxx was suddenly more than just an anomaly; he was a bona fide superstar.

While Sparxxx's rhymes initially drew attention to the rapper -- and rightfully so -- you can't help but marvel at his story. Yes, he was white and large. But he was also from the backwoods of the South -- about as far from the streets as you could get. Born Warren Anderson Mathis on March 6, 1977, Sparxxx grew up in the country on a dirt road 15 minutes north of LaGrange, Georgia, a rural town itself 65 miles southwest of Atlanta. As you can imagine, he lived a sheltered youth, with his closest neighbor over a half mile away. Yet it was that neighbor, a black kid, who turned him onto rap via mix mailed tapes from New York.

Sparxxx's introduction to rap music was through 2 Live Crew -- a far stretch from Rakim or Grandmaster Flash. It caught his attention, though, and soon Sparxxx began broadening his taste for rap music, taking a particular liking for early-'90s West Coast gangsta rap: N.W.A., Too Short, and Eazy-E. Later, when he discovered Atlanta rappers OutKast, Sparxxx knew his interests were moving into the forefront of his mind. He began writing rhymes at age 15 and would battle with fellow rap-minded students at school. His rapping was more of a hobby than a possible profession for Sparxxx at the time, though. Throughout high school, football took precedence over everything else for the young Sparxxx; he played tight end and linebacker, earning All-Region honors as a senior.

When a football career never happened for Sparxxx and a brief stab at college didn't hold his interest, he turned to rap. His break came when he met Shannon Houchins, a staff producer for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label in Atlanta. In late 1996, Houchins paired Sparxxx with then-So So Def rapper Lil' Devil for a group called 1 Card Shi. Though the duo did record some material together, it never saw the light of day and Sparxxx began pursuing a solo career, working with Houchins again in 1999 on some songs. These recordings resulted in the 12-song Dark Days, Bright Nights indie release on Sparxxx's own Nocents Records. After moving a surprising number of units after getting radio play in the surrounding Georgia area, Nocents became 11th Hour Entertainment, and the album fell into the lap of Interscope Records head honcho Jimmy Iovine.

Iovine liked what he heard and flew Sparxxx out to California to discuss a label deal. Offers soon came in from a number of labels, and suddenly Sparxxx's breakthrough seemed just on the horizon. He decided to stick with Iovine's Interscope empire and soon found himself working with Timbaland. Over the course of two weeks, the two recorded six songs and Sparxxx also worked with other producers like Organized Noize and Houchins. "Ugly" became the lead single; an all-important video communicating Sparxxx's rural white country-boy background hit MTV; the evidence of his breakthrough came when the Interscope version of Dark Days, Bright Nights debuted at number three on the Billboard chart, making him the next in a short list of overnight superstar white rappers. The follow-up, 2003's Deliverance, was an introspective album that found favor with critics but failed to sway the public. OutKast member Big Boi was a big fan of the album and felt it should have been a hit, and that it was just handled improperly by the label. He came to the rescue by signing Sparxxx to his new Purple Ribbon imprint and releasing the rapper's third album, The Charm, in 2006. Sparxxx landed on the Average Joe's label with his 2013 release, Pain Management, an album that featured guest appearances from Colt Ford, the Lacs, and others. The introspective effort was followed in 2014 by Made on McCosh Mill Road, a more party-minded release with Danny Boone, Lamar Williams, Jr., and others on the assist. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Track List: Country Folks (Single)

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Track List: Made On McCosh Mill Road (Single)

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Track List: Splinter (Single)

Comments

Country folks best bubba sparxxx song ever
blackflag989
Song reminds me of lepprechans riding unicorns off into fantasy land
Love this song
Weird
Love it got to under stand what the words mean cuz time can be hard!!
Great album with sick beats!
tostrom249
Wierd
If u redneck u know
It makes me laugh
This song is weird
I love it
Love bubba sparxxx
Love botty rockin!!!!!
HE IS GREAT omg:)
This is my jam
I love Bubby Sparxxx
Amazing Song
Follow 4 Follow
puffy545
First hickhop playa out there FOLLOW ME I'LL FOLLOW YA
He sampled the beginning from lawn chair high by rehab
U need another cold a** white boy on or team get at me!! Right up 75 in oak Ridge Tenn a key. KEEP SPITTIN ON BUBBA!
I love Bubba Sparxxx♥
I Like it
This is my jam
Follow me :-)
GETCHA A PULL - Dimebag Darrell made that up not him
Hell ya thts what I'm talking about me my bubbas and are friends and one of my bubbas girlfriend
Going to miss a mess a nap what's the deer yetkijnvx kbdfk
This is not your real song now come on top of you needed Bubba you are crazy all I know you need to get this all together
Did you do miss new booty why did yang Yang Twins did miss new booty
Oh Yeah
HICK HOP
My jam
Follow me and i follow back like a boss
Who writes this crap? The statement 'he was white' denotes one of two things, either he is no longer white, or you are a racist who doesn't believe that genre/ethnic i t y can cross all bounds. Keep the bio to the facts, dates, album releases, band members, pertinent info.I can form my opinion!
LOL
Follow me and i promise to follow back!!! PROMISE WILL BE KEPT!!!!
Get it right!!
My boyyyyy. :)
This song is the truth welcome back bubba
uh oh he found me
I found u ms he booty !!!!!! :P
yes
Follow me on instagram
Leslie_aguil a r _ l o v e im 12 years old
And if u dont have instagram u might as,well follow me now XD
Get it right get it tight!
Haha this song! Booty booty booty!
booty booty booty booty rockin everywhere
booty every were
Follow mah
Follow me and I'll follow you back.
@Bryan Morris dude chill. Sparxxx started as country, and switched to hip hop. your basing him off his last album.
wow mr country bunkin watch it your bieng a little rude man im from Kentucky and I know they have schools ok if you dont like the music dont listen ok its that f**king easy no need to call names we are not in secound grade
Love this song follow me and I'll follow back
Follow Me lll Follow back
U call him country haha look at he dresses an how he sings just cuz u play in mud don't mean jack s**t I don't even have a station and I'm hearing this stupid wigged wanna be country boy
Follow Me I'll You Back
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