Bubba Sparxxx

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Bubba Sparxxx
Bubba Sparxxx in 2008
Bubba Sparxxx in 2008
Background information
Birth nameWarren Anderson Mathis
Also known asBubba
Born (1977-03-06) March 6, 1977 (age 47)
Troup County, Georgia, U.S.
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
DiscographyBubba Sparxxx discography
Years active1996–present
Formerly of

Warren Anderson Mathis (born March 6, 1977), better known by his stage name Bubba Sparxxx, is an American rapper. His 2001 single, "Ugly" (featuring Timbaland) peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and led him to sign with Timbaland's Beat Club Records, an imprint of Interscope Records to release his debut studio album, Dark Days, Bright Nights (2001). Met with critical and commercial success, it peaked at number three on the Billboard 200.

His second album, Deliverance (2003) was met with further critical acclaim, while his third, The Charm (2006)—released by Big Boi's Purple Ribbon Records, an imprint of Virgin Records—yielded the single "Ms. New Booty" (featuring Ying Yang Twins and Mr. Collipark), which peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Marking his final release on a major label, his subsequent releases delved further into country rap.

Early life[edit]

Mathis grew up in Troup County, Georgia 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 (0.8 km) 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]


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.

Bubba Sparxxx in 2002

For two years, Houchins and Stamps worked together to produce Sparxxx's first commercial 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 and 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.

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 American 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".

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.

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".


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)


US Country
Dark Days, Bright Nights 3 3
  • 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
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


Title Mixtape Details
Survive Till Ya Thrive Release Date: August 17, 2007,

Label: N/A


  • The Bubba Mathis EP (2015)
  • Crap Gawd (2021)

Collaborative EPs[edit]

  • Crickets (with Hosier) (2020)
  • Life Is Serious (with Los Ghost) (2021)


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Rap
2001 "Ugly"
(featuring Timbaland)
15 6 6 7 Dark Days, Bright Nights
"Lovely" 77 24
2003 "Jimmy Mathis" 98 Deliverance
(featuring Timbaland)
101 107 22 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 3 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 Mill 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, 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
2014 "Outlaw" Shane Dollar
"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[edit]

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


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