Mathis in 2008
|Birth name||Warren Anderson Mathis|
|Also known as||Bubba|
|Born||March 6, 1977|
|Origin||Near LaGrange, Georgia, U.S.|
Warren Anderson Mathis (born March 6, 1977), better known by his stage name Bubba Sparxxx, is an American rapper from Georgia. His singles include "Deliverance", "Ugly", and "Ms. New Booty", the latter of which peaked at No. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Mathis grew up in a rural area near LaGrange, Georgia. He is of French descent. His father was a school bus driver, and his mother was a grocery store cashier. 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. 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. In 2007, he moved to Tampa, Florida.
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. Houchins and Stamps worked together to produce Sparxxx's first commercial CD release, Dark Days, Bright Nights. 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. 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. 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.
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 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.
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. The album Pain Management was released on October 15, 2013.
In March 2016, Sparxxx signed to Yelawolf's Slumerican records imprint. On October 7, 2016, Sparxxx released his first release under Slumerican The Bubba Mathis EP. Sparxxx released Rapper From The Country on September 16, 2018 through New South Entertainment (E1).
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|Dark Days, Bright Nights||
|Made on McCosh Mill Road||
|Rapper From the Country||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
- The Bubba Mathis EP (2016)
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|15||6||6||7||—||Dark Days, Bright Nights|
|"Back in the Mud"||—||—||—||—||3|
|2005||"Hey! (A Lil' Gratitude)"||—||—||—||—||—||The Charm|
(featuring Petey Pablo and Sleepy Brown)
|"Ms. New Booty"
(featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. ColliPark)
|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)
(featuring Danny Boone and Colt Ford)
|2014||"Made On McCosh Mill Rd."
(featuring Danny Boone)
|—||—||—||—||—||Made On McCosh Mill Road|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.|
|2012||"Wylin'"||The Lacs||190 Proof|
|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 Seth||District XXIII|
|2013||"Project X"||Shane Dollar and the Sense, Wody||Life, Love, and Hip Hop|
|"Baby Wussup"||Ricky Young||Feels Damn Good|
|"Try Harder Than That"||Meghan Linsey|
|2016||"Take A Ride With Me"||Twang & Round||Take 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 Sparxxx||Jail Tattoos|
Video game appearances
Bubba Sparxxx is a playable character in the video game Def Jam: Fight for NY.
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