Bubba Sparxxx

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Bubba Sparxxx
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Bubba Sparxxx in 2008
Background information
Birth nameWarren Anderson Mathis
Also known asBubba
Born (1977-03-06) March 6, 1977 (age 45)
Origin LaGrange, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
Years active1996–present
Labels
Formerly of

Warren Anderson Mathis (born March 6, 1977), better known by his stage name Bubba Sparxxx, is an American rapper. His singles include "Deliverance", "Ugly" (both featuring Timbaland), and "Ms. New Booty" (featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. Collipark), the latter of which peaked at number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

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Early life

Mathis grew up in a rural area near LaGrange, Georgia. He is of French descent. [1] His father was a school bus driver, and his mother was a grocery store cashier. [2] His closest neighbor, who lived half a mile away, introduced him to rap music through mixtapes mailed from New York City. The music of 2 Live Crew was his introduction to hip hop; he began listening to West Coast gangsta rap such as N.W.A and Too Short and the Atlanta duo Outkast. With rapping as a hobby, he was a tight end and linebacker for his high school's football team and earned All-Region honors in his senior year. [1] Steve Herndon, a former offensive lineman for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, played football with him during high school, according to an interview with Down-South.com. [1] [2] In 2007, he moved to Tampa, Florida. [3]

Career

Beginnings and early years (1996–1998)

In 1996, he moved to Athens, Georgia, where he met industry veteran Bobby Stamps. Stamps noticed him rapping after a University of Georgia football game and later introduced him to Atlanta producer Shannon Houchins.

Dark Days, Bright Nights (1999–2001)

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Bubba Sparxxx in 2002

For two years, Houchins and Stamps worked together to produce Sparxxx's first commercial CD release, Dark Days, Bright Nights , which released in 2001. The debut album saw some success in Georgia and caught the attention of Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records. Sparxxx signed to Interscope and began working with record producers Timbaland, Organized Noize as well as continuing to work with Shannon Houchins. [1] The major-label reissue of Dark Days, Bright Nights, released via Timbaland's Beat Club Records imprint and which now included five collaborations with Timbaland and two with Organized Noise, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200.

Deliverance (2002–2003)

In 2002, he had a minor hit being featured on Archie Eversole's "We Ready", which became popular for being played at sporting events, such as football and basketball games. In late 2003, he returned with his second album, Deliverance , which was critically acclaimed but sold poorly. [1]

Virgin Records and The Charm (2004–2006)

Sparxxx signed a recording contract with Virgin Records in 2004; under Virgin, Sparxxx released The Charm with singles "Ms. New Booty" and "Heat It Up".

New South Entertainment and mixtape (2007–2011)

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Bubba Sparxxx performing in 2010

He left Virgin to establish his own label, New South Entertainment, which is distributed by E1 Records. In 2007, he released a mixtape with DJ Burn One titled Survive Till Ya Thrive.

Current projects (2012–present)

In 2012, he signed to Backroad Records, a subsidiary of the independent label Average Joes Entertainment owned by Shannon Houchins and Colt Ford, and recorded the song "Country Boy Coolin'" which was featured on Mud Digger Vol. 3, a compilation album released by Average Joe's on June 12, 2012. He stated in an interview that he planned on releasing an album to be called Miracle on Gamble Road, in 2012.

In January 2013, Sparxxx released the video "Splinter" which featured Crucifix. In July 2013, a video for his single "Country Folks", which features Danny Boone of the band Rehab and Colt Ford and produced by Houchins, was released. [4] The album Pain Management was released on October 15, 2013.

In March 2016, Sparxxx signed to Yelawolf's Slumerican records imprint. [5] On October 7, 2016, Sparxxx released his first release under Slumerican The Bubba Mathis EP. [6] Sparxxx released Rapper From The Country on September 16, 2018, through New South Entertainment (E1). [7]

On November 11, 2020, Sparxxx released an EP, Crickets with Hosier. On December 4, 2020, Sparxxx released his seventh album King of Crap through New South Entertainment. which had the single "Bird Dawg". In May 2021, WORLDSTARHIPHOP released a video for "Bird Dawg".

Discography

Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[8]
US
R&B

[9]
US
Rap

[10]
US Country
[11]
NZ
[12]
Dark Days, Bright Nights 33
Deliverance
  • Release date: September 16, 2003
  • Label: Beat Club/Interscope Records
10930
The Charm 932
Pain Management 40
Made on McCosh Mill Road
  • Release date: June 24, 2014
  • Label: Backroad Records
49
Rapper From the Country
  • Release date: September 14, 2018
  • Label: New South Entertainment
King of Crap
  • Release date: December 4, 2020
  • Label: New South Entertainment
Life Is Serious (Deluxe)(with Los Ghost)
  • Release Date: January 29, 2022
  • Label: SHG Entertainment
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Mixtapes

TitleMixtape Details
Survive Till Ya ThriveRelease Date: August 17, 2007,

Label: N/A

EPs

Collaborative EPs

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US
[14]
US R&B
[14]
US Rap
[14]
UK
[15]
NZ
[16]
2001"Ugly"
(featuring Timbaland)
15667Dark Days, Bright Nights
"Lovely"7724
2003"Jimmy Mathis"98Deliverance
"Deliverance"
(featuring Timbaland)
1011072255
"Back in the Mud"3
2005"Hey! (A Lil' Gratitude)"The Charm
"The Otherside"
(featuring Petey Pablo and Sleepy Brown)
"Ms. New Booty"
(featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. ColliPark)
77322
2006"Heat It Up"1035724
2008"I Like It Alot"Best of Bubba Sparxxx
"She Got Me Like (Ahh Shit)"
(featuring Ray J)
The New South
2009"Beatin Down the Block"
(featuring Dirt Reynolds)
2012"Country Folks"
(featuring Danny Boone and Colt Ford)
Pain Management
2013"Splinter"
(featuring Crucifix)
2014"Made On McCosh Mill Rd."
(featuring Danny Boone)
Made On McCosh Mill Road
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

Guest singles

YearTitleArtistAlbum
2012"Wylin'" The Lacs 190 Proof

Guest appearances

YearSongArtist(s)Album
2001"White Gutz" Dungeon Family Even in Darkness
"Rearranged (Timbaland Remix)" Limp Bizkit New Old Songs
"They Ain't Ready" Jadakiss, Timbaland Ryde or Die Vol. 3: In the "R" We Trust
2002"We Ready (Remix)" Archie Eversole Ride Wit Me Dirty South Style
"Oh My God" Haystak The Natural
"Right For Me" Justin Timberlake Justified
2003"Dat Look" Turk Raw & Uncut
"Shenanigans" Timbaland & Magoo Under Construction, Part II
2004"Get On Dis Motorcycle" Petey Pablo Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry
"The World Is Ours" Timbaland, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Kiley Dean The World Is Ours
2005"Oh No" Big Boi, Killer Mike xXx: State of the Union (soundtrack)
"Claremont Lounge" Purple Ribbon All-Stars Got Purp? Vol. 2
2011"This Is Our Song" (Remix) Colt Ford, The Lacs, Demun Jones, Rehab Mud Digger Vol. 2
2012"Show Some Skin" Lil Wyte Still Doubted
"Wylin" The Lacs 190 Proof
"The Labyrinth"Crystal SethDistrict XXIII
2013"Project X" Shane Dollar and the Sense, WodyLife, Love, and Hip Hop
2014"Outlaw" Shane Dollar
"Baby Wussup"Ricky YoungFeels Damn Good
"Try Harder Than That"Meghan Linsey
2016"Take A Ride With Me"Twang & RoundTake A Ride With Me
2017"Born In Fire" Boondox (w/ Jamie Madrox & Struggle) The Murder
2018"Beautiful Day"Mike Smith and Jonathan Hay feat Bubba SparxxxJail Tattoos

Video game appearances

Bubba Sparxxx is a playable character in the video game Def Jam: Fight for NY .

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