Deliverance (Bubba Sparxxx album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
GenreHip hop
Bubba Sparxxx chronology
Dark Days, Bright Nights
The Charm
Singles from Deliverance
  1. "Jimmy Mathis"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Deliverance"
    Released: April 28, 2003
  3. "Back in the Mud"
    Released: 2003

Deliverance is the second album by American rapper Bubba Sparxxx. It was released on September 16, 2003, by Beat Club and Interscope Records. The album was produced by Timbaland and Organized Noize. It was supported by two singles: "Back in the Mud" and "Deliverance". In 2010, Rhapsody included it in its list of "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers".[1] "Back in the Mud" was also featured on the Madden NFL 2004 soundtrack.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
Stylus MagazineA[8]
USA Today3/4 stars[9]

Deliverance received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 82, based on 17 reviews.[2] Johnny Loftus of AllMusic said, "Sure, his collaborators have some of the best beats in the business. But they can't always take up the slack when Bubba's raps start to wither in the heat."[3] Nathan Rabin of The A.V. Club said, "Mixes hip-hop and country with ease and grace."[11] Michael Endelman of Entertainment Weekly said, "A sober rumination about life in the poor, white, rural South."[4] Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian said, "An intense, brooding piece of work."[5] Matt Cibula of PopMatters said, "He and his producers have constructed a monument to this New New New South. And you don't really have to believe in it in order to appreciate what a great record this is."[12]

Josh Timmermann of Stylus Magazine said, "In a year that's produced first-rate albums by OutKast and Lucinda Williams, Bubba, a self-proclaimed redneck from rural Georgia who most people pegged as a probable one-hit wonder three years ago, has beaten the odds and made both the hip-hop and country album of the year."[8] Vibe said, "Sparxxx has now crafted a gem, thanks to improved songwriting and nimble production."[10] Kandia Crazy Horse of The Village Voice said, "If Eminem is hip-hop's Elvis, then Bubba is its Gregg Allman, the white boy embraced by lowdown Little Africa, especially fellow musicians."[13] Steve Jones of USA Today said, "Sparxxx's real strength lies in his intensely personal lyrics, which resonate whether he's talking about overcoming white-trash stereotypes or recovering from last night's bender."[9] Nathan Brackett of Rolling Stone said, "A few of the honky-tonk touches -- such as the corny country crooning on "My Baby's Gone"—feel like gimmicks. But Sparxxx's lyrics are no shtick."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

Deliverance debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 64,000 copies in the United States.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes.[15]

1."Intro" (featuring Big Rube)Organized Noize2:15
2."Jimmy Mathis"Timbaland3:09
3."Comin' Round"
4."She Tried" (featuring Ryan Tedder)
5."Nowhere" (featuring Kiley Dean)
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
7."Warrant Interlude"
  • Paul Blake
  • Mosley
8."Warrant" (featuring Attitude)
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
  • Timothy Clayton
  • Bill Pettaway
  • Timbaland
  • Pettaway
9."New South" (featuring Duddy Ken)
  • Mathis
  • K. Richardson
  • Brown
  • Murray
  • Wade
Organized Noize4:01
10."Deliverance" (featuring Timbaland)
11."Hootnanny" (featuring Justin Timberlake)
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
12."Take a Load Off"
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
13."Like It or Not" (featuring Sleepy Brown)
  • Mathis
  • Brown
  • Michael Hartnett
  • Murray
  • Wade
Organized Noize5:21
14."My Tone"
  • Mathis
  • Mosley
15."Back in the Mud" (featuring Sleepy Brown)
  • Mathis
  • Brown
  • Marqueze Ethridge
  • Stuart Jordan
  • Murray
  • Wade
Organized Noize4:13
Total length:61:56


  • "Intro" features additional vocals by Brandon "Shug" Bennett
  • "Nowhere" and "Overcome" features background vocals by GA Choir and Tye Tribbett
  • "Warrant" features additional vocals by Dionne Moore and Timbaland
  • "New South", "Hootnanny", "Take a Load Off" and "My Tone" features additional vocals by Timbaland
  • "Back in the Mud" features additional vocals by Chip Glass

Sample credits


Chart (2003–2004) Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 34
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 44
US Billboard 200[18] 10
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[19] 9


  1. ^ "The 10 Best Albums By White Rappers". Archived from the original on July 31, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Deliverance – Bubba Sparxxx". AllMusic. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Endelman, Michael (October 3, 2003). "Deliverance". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (October 3, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  6. ^ Koslow, Jessica (November 26, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on January 22, 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan (October 2, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 18, 2007. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Timmermann, Josh (December 11, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on October 27, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  9. ^ a b Jones, Steve (September 15, 2003). "Listen Up (Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance)". USA Today. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Vibe review". Archived from the original on September 19, 2017.
  11. ^ Rabin, Nathan (September 22, 2003). "Deliverance • Bubba Sparxxx". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  12. ^ Cibula, Matt (September 18, 2003). "Bubba Sparxxx: Deliverance". PopMatters. Archived from the original on January 5, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  13. ^ Crazy Horse, Kandia (September 9, 2003). "Buck & Wing Vs. Bling-Bling". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on July 1, 2010. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  14. ^ "DMX Proves 'Grand Champ' On Album Chart". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  15. ^ Deliverance (CD liner notes). Bubba Sparxxx. Interscope Records. 2003. 60802-9.
  16. ^ " – Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  17. ^ " – Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  18. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  19. ^ "Bubba Sparxxx Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 30, 2018.

External links[edit]

Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance at Discogs (list of releases)