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Bubba Sparxxx

Introduced: 2001

Albums: Dark Days, Bright Nights (2001), Deliverance (2003), The Charm (2006), Pain Management (2013), Made on McCosh Mill Road (2014)

Hit Singles: "Ugly," "Deliverance," "Ms. New Booty "

Noteworthy Factoid: After hitting the weights and losing weight, Bubba looks younger now than he did in 2001.

While a number of bands, most famously REM, got their start in Athens, GA, you’d be hard pressed to name any hip-hop acts coming from this corner of the dirty south. Except, that is, Bubba Sparxxx. A Georgia Boy by birth, Bubba learned about rap music through mixtapes his neighbor received from NYC. After creating a buzz for himself at the University of Georgia, Timbaland scooped him up for his Beat Club label.

His first album, Dark Days, Bright Nights, was certified gold, and Bubba seemed to be on the fast track to superstar status, showing up on Saturday Night Live, late night talk shows, being featured in the Def Jam: Fight for NY and Madden NFL 2004 video games and even collaborating with the production team behind Girls Gone Wild to shoot two DVDs detailing the life of a big rap star. However, his second album, Deliverance, which was critically acclaimed, failed to sell. After leaving Timbo, Sparxxx found his greatest musical success with the down south ass-shaking anthem “Ms. New Booty,” featuring such memorable lines as, “booty booty booty booty rockin’ everywhere!”

We later learned that Mr. Sparxxx, while getting the musical high of his career, was also getting high on opiates. Severely addicted at the time, Bubba spent years in and out of rehab. Sparxxx couldn’t balance the life of celebrity with sobriety and decided the best thing to do was to go live on a farm and take a step back from it all. Since then, he’s returned doing music and has also been hitting the weight room.

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