Bubba Sparxxx – ‘Pain Management’ [review]
Bubba Sparxxx – ‘Pain Management’
Review by Christian Cipollini
He was one of the first, if not the very first, artist to tap into the mainstream with a hybrid mix of country swagger and hip hop sensibility. The 2003 Timbaland produced hit Deliverance made him a household name, and was followed up in 2005 with a Yin Yang Twins collaborative effort called Ms. New Booty. Sparxxx seemed to disappear shortly after that though. By no means a one hit wonder scenario, but something dark was underscoring his life; jeopardizing his career. He openly referred to himself as a “human garbage can” during this period. Indeed, the fine lines between the celebrity antics of Bubba Sparxxx and the real life troubles of a Georgia boy named Warren Anderson Mathis became an ugly gray area.
Record label shifts and a decision to return to music caused Sparxxx to do a little introspection. The result? An aptly titled collection of dirty dirty country infused rapping – that addresses many of the dynamics that made him who he was. A good portion of those subjects addressed – beyond the pride of dirt roads and big trucks – was certainly his inner demons. The most notable example of personal insight and serious reflection comes in a track called Splinter, which also features Crucifix.
The album is not all on a somber path though. There are plenty of token Sparxxx foot tapping, beer guzzling upbeat inclusions. Opening track Bangin kicks the album off with Bubba’s rap and a Kid Rock-esque chorus by Dan Rockett. And you can’t go wrong with some good guitar licks to bring out the party on Getcha A Pull, featuring Dirt Reynolds. Another standout… Country Folks, with Danny Boone and the unmistakable country rap of Colt Ford for good measure.