Bubba Sparxxx

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Bubba Sparxxx
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Sparxxx in 2008
Background information
Birth name Warren Anderson Mathis
Also known as Bubba
Born (1977-03-06) March 6, 1977 (age 37)
Origin Troup County, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, southern hip hop, country rap
Years active 1993–present
Labels New South Entertainment/E1 Entertainment
Backroad Records
Interscope/Universal Records
Virgin/EMI Records
Associated acts Attitude, Ying Yang Twins, Critical knowledge, Timbaland, Lil Wyte, Colt Ford, I4NI
Website www.BubbaSparxxx.com

Warren Anderson Mathis (born March 6, 1977), better known by his stage name, Bubba Sparxxx, is an American hip hop recording artist from Troup County, Georgia. He is perhaps best known for his singles "Deliverance", "Ugly", and "Ms. New Booty", the latter of which features the Ying Yang Twins and peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Early life and education[edit]

Mathis was born on March 6, 1977 and grew up in a rural area north of LaGrange, Georgia, a town 65 miles southwest of Atlanta.[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 Mathis 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, Mathis 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 teams Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos, played football with Mathis during high school, according to an interview with Down-South.com.[1][2] In 2007, he moved from Atlanta to Tampa.[3]

Career[edit]

After high school Sparxxx moved to Athens, Georgia in 1996. In Athens, he met industry veteran (and now manager and business partner) Bobby Stamps. Stamps noticed Sparxxx rapping after a University of Georgia football game. Stamps arranged for Sparxxx to work with many artists in Athens and Atlanta to complete his first CD. His first commercial CD release saw some success in Georgia, and the album Dark Days, Bright Nights caught the attention of Jimmy Iovine of Interscope Records. Sparxxx signed to Interscope Records and began working with record producers Timbaland and Organized Noize.[1] The major-label reissue of Dark Days, Bright Nights, released via Timbaland's Beat Club Records imprint, which now included five collaborations with Timbaland and two with Organized Noise, debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. In 2002, he had a minor hit being featured on Archie Eversole's "We Ready", which became popular for being played at sport 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]

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". 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. He stated in an interview that he planned on releasing an album to be called Miracle on Gamble Road, in 2012. In 2012, he signed to Backroad Records, a subsidiary of the independent label Average Joe's Entertainment, 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.

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

Bubba Sparxxx also appeared in the video games, Def Jam: Fight for NY and Madden NFL 2004. His song "Back in the Mud" was used by ESPN's "College Gameday" as the 2003 and 2004 theme song. He has participated in a number of television productions and collaborated with the popular "Girls Gone Wild" brand to shoot two DVDs detailing life as a rap star. Sparxxx has featured on Mas been a guest on each major late-night show, including Saturday Night Live, Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In 2003, Sparxxx donated his time to travel to Kuwait and Iraq to perform for U.S. troops along with Wayne Newton, and Kid Rock, amongst others.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)[5]
US
[6]
US
R&B

[6]
US
Rap

[6]
US Country
[7]
NZ
[8]
Dark Days, Bright Nights 3 3
Deliverance
  • Release date: September 16, 2003
  • Label: Beat Club/Interscope Records
10 9 30
The Charm 9 3 2
Pain Management 40
Made on McCosh Mill Road
  • Release date: June 24, 2014
  • Label: Backroad Records
49
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[11]
US R&B
[11]
US Rap
[11]
UK
[12]
NZ
[13]
2001 "Ugly"
(featuring Timbaland)
15 1 1 7 Dark Days, Bright Nights
"Lovely" 77 24
2003 "Jimmy Mathis" 98 Deliverance
"Deliverance"
(featuring Timbaland)
24 107 9 55
"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)
7 7 1 22
2006 "Heat It Up" 103 57 24
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 Hill Rd."
(featuring Danny Boone)
Made On McCosh Mill Road
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

Guest singles[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2012 "Wylin'" The Lacs 190 Proof

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
2001 "White Gutz" Dungeon Family Even in Darkness
"Rearranged (Timbaland Remix)" Limp Bizkit New Old Songs
"They Ain't Ready" Jadakiss 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 Seth District XXIII
2013 "Project X" Shane Dollar and the Sense, Wody Life, Love, and Hip Hop
2014 "Outlaw" Shane Dollar

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Birchmeier, Jason (2006). "Bubba Sparxxx > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b Braxton, Charlie. "Bubba Sparxxx Interview". Down-South.com. Retrieved 2009-03-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ Arnold, Paul W. (2007-08-03). "Bubba Sparxxx: 4th Time's A Charm?". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2009-03-23. [dead link]
  4. ^ Whitney Lane (20 August 2013). "VIDEO: Bubba Sparxxx Returns With "Country Folks"". spotlightcountry.com. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bubba Sparxxx > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  7. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  9. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  10. ^ "PAIN MANAGEMENT - PRE-ORDER NOW". bubbasparxxx.com. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  11. ^ a b c "Bubba Sparxxx > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  12. ^ "Chart Stats - Bubba Sparxxx". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  13. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  14. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 23, 2010: Bubba Sparxxx certified singles". Recording Industry Association of America. 2006-06-14. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 

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