label: Interscope Records
our score: 3.5 out of 5.0
In 2001 Bubba
Sparxxx made a blip on the radar screen of hip-hop with his hit
"Ugly." After that he dissappeared like a F-117A Stealth
figher jet over Baghdad. But destined to be a one-hit wonder from
the dirty south he was not.
that gives Sparxxx his appeal is his lyrics. They are real.
While his delivery may not be the most refined, it fits. It gives
Deliverance authenticity. Bubba doesn't pretend to be
someone or something he's not, and that's something people can
from Bubba's roots, Timbaland has woven tasteful country flavors
in with his blue-ribbon, state-fair champion beats. Timmy's even
managed to recycle a few of his tired beats by putting a fresh
coat of Sparxxx-brand white wash over them. This works only marginally
well on tracks like "She Tried" and "Nowhere,"
which are still ok songs, but could have been better. On the flipside,
"Hootnanny" and "Like It Or Not" are strong
arguments that Timbaland is still one of the premier beat producers
in the industry.
with his self-reflection on "Deliverance" (the albums
first single) and the newest single "Back in the Mud."
The later of the two closes the album and leaves you wanting more.
Sporting high a BPM and driving beats, a catchy and very singable
refrain, and lyrics that hit home, "Back in the Mud"
is sure to see some club action.
is tight, heart-felt, and entertaining. While it may not be perfect,
it reserves Bubba a spot in hip-hop's future.
2. Jimmy Mathis
3. Comin' Round
4. She Tried
7. Warrant Interlude
9. New South
12. Take A Load Off
13. Like It or Not
14. My Tone
15. Back In the Mud