Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 08.23.12 in Reviews


Bubba Sparxxx

When Outkast and the Dungeon Family first broke in the early 1990s, Bubba Sparxxx was just a country kid scheming for a way out of remote LaGrange, Georgia. Timbaland handled the bulk of his successful 2001 debut Dark Days, Bright Nights but Bubba brought Organized Konfusion in for a few tracks on his acclaimed and more introspective 2003 follow-up, Deliverance. Bubba tried to rebrand the region over a din of electric guitar on “New South” — “Inspired by the efforts y’all made to pigeonhole me/ I rose from the pig shit without a smidgen on me,” he scoffs, laughing off all the Yank haters. The swinging horns, jittering drums and Sleepy Brown falsetto of “Like it Or Not” captured the poppier side of the early-2000s Dungeon sound, while the speed-rush pogo of “Back in the Mud” showed their more adventurous side. Bubba ended up making his allegiance to the Dungeon Family official by signing with Outkast’s Purple Ribbon imprint for his third album, The Charm.