So what can we expect on your upcoming album?
Bubba Sparxxx: Umm, you can expect, as far as my performance, this
album has a lot more serious tone. You know there’s still some light stuff
on there but for the most part I really took it upon myself to tell my
story a lot more in-depth this time. You know what I mean? Cuz I think
people are naturally intrigued by Bubba Sparxxx, but I just think maybe
the first time I didn’t do a good enough job, especially on the singles.
I’m really, you know, telling people what my life, you know, growing up
was like, and what it’s like now, and what I hope it’s gonna be like in
the future. And as far as the production goes, I’d like to say man, the
first time me and Timbaland went in and worked, we hardly knew each other,
you know. And I think anybody can go in with a producer and cut one hit,
you know with like no substance, if you don’t know that person, but as
far as molding an album, I think you gotta umm, you really have to umm,
you know, know that person, and know what their vision for music is, you
know, and just what kind of person they are in general. And uh so this
time I’d like to say you know, we went through a lot, I was the first
release on Beat Club, you know and it was his first time as a CEO, it
was my first time an artist, and we just went through a lot together and
I think this time we found a chemistry; a Bubba/Timbaland chemistry, you
know what I’m saying? Just like there’s a Missy/Timbaland chemistry, you
know, an undeniable chemistry that when you see it you know that’s it,
when you hear it you know that’s it, and Missy and Tim’s at it again and
you know I think that he and I found that type of chemistry this time.
RapBasement.com: Did Timbaland do the whole album?
Bubba Sparxxx: He did about 9 or 10 songs, umm, Organized Noise
did about 4 songs, 4 or 5 songs, The Neptunes did 1, and my folks out
of the ATL did 1 also.
RapBasement.com: Are there any collaborations to speak of?
Bubba Sparxxx: Umm, Justin Timberlake’s on the album, umm, Bun
B from UGK is on the album, the Goodie Mob are on the album, umm, Heather
Hunter’s on the album, the porn star, umm Sleepy Brown from Organized
Noise and the Dungeon Family is on the album, umm, my girl Kiley Dean;
she’s uhh the Beat Club songstress, she’s got a song out right now called
“Make Me A Song”, and uhh she’s on the album also. And plus, the most
exciting to me is uhh you know my camp, my clique, you know, my label,
I’m in the process of getting it off the ground, it’s called New South
Entertainment, and my roster of artists, we got Ricky Rucker, and my dawg
Attitude, they’re all on the album.
RapBasement.com: How do you feel about The Source magazine saying
white rappers are culture stealers?
Bubba Sparxxx: Umm, I think it’s total bullshit. You know what
I mean? White people have always, you know, ever since the beginning of
hip-hop, white people have been around hip-hop, so you can’t just, you
can’t pick and choose white involvement, you know? And for so long they,
you know, the early hip-hop pioneers fought and tried to think of creative
ways to market hip-hop and make it more mainstream, so that white buyers
would buy hip-hop, you know? And when they do and over a period of 10
years white people listened to it and listened to it and soak up every
element of the culture, then they decide they want to participate in the
culture, you just can’t, you can’t deny them that right, you know what
I mean? You can’t just pick and choose white involvement. You can’t just
tell white kids that it’s okay for them to buy it but it’s not okay for
them to participate in it.
RapBasement.com: I don’t think they’re really calling out white
rappers in general, I just think it’s the whole Ray/Eminem thing going
on, you know? With that said, what do you think the current state of hip-hop
Bubba Sparxxx: Umm, I dunno. I mean, if there’s something, if anything’s
going to kill hip-hop, it’s people killing each other, it’s all this beef,
it ain’t Eminem, you know? Eminem’s taking the culture to places that
it could have never dreamed of going beforehand, you know what I’m saying?
And regardless of whether it was because he’s white or not, you can’t
deny Eminem’s right to participate in hip-hop because you can’t just deny
his talent, period, you know what I mean? So I don’t, you know, I’m not
gonna say hip-hop’s in a perfect state, cuz it’s not, but you know, it’s
been in worse shape.
RapBasement.com: How has your success from your first album changed
Bubba Sparxxx: Changed my life? Ummm, I dunno, I… Obviously financially
it’s improved a lot. You know, obviously I’m secure now, my family’s secure,
you know, and that’s great. I’m really really pleased with that. But uh,
I think it, when everything first starts happening, you know, you kinda
get overwhelmed, and you know, especially when you take somebody like
me, you know, a country boy who just, who really really was just thrown
into the fire, you know what I mean? From out of nowhere, and I might
have been a little overwhelmed in the beginning but then you settle down
and you realize it’s just a job like anything else, you know? That’s when,
you know, your work ethic and your passion for music takes over.
Who would you like to work with in the future?
Bubba Sparxxx: Umm… I dunno man. I really don’t cuz I grew up
idolizing the Dungeon Family: OutKast, the Goodie Mob, and uhh I’m a part
of the Dungeon Family now and I’ve worked with pretty much all those guys
so you know as far as just people within hip-hop that I would just want
to work with, that’s pretty much it. And that’s not to say that there
ain’t other cats that would like to work with, but as far as like, just
really really like, you know, really wanting to and feeling like I need
to work with somebody, that’s pretty much it. But there are a lot of cats
I would work with.
RapBasement.com: With all the beef going on in hip-hop, what are
your standings with other rappers?
Bubba Sparxxx: I’m pretty much cool with everybody man. You know
what I mean? That’s what I said about the whole beef thing man, when you
talk about Ja Rule and 50 Cent that whole thing, that’s grown people who
got issues with one another and obviously, you know, they feel like that’s
how it needs to be, and it needs to go down like that. So, you know what
I’m saying, that just don’t involve me, period. It ain’t none of my business
and if I had a beef going on it wouldn’t be nobody elses business except
the people that was involved in the beef, you know what I’m saying? So,
it’s obviously personal issues, you know what I’m saying, I just pray
for all parties involved man and I hope at the end of the day music prevails
man, cuz I know that’s what I came here to do: music, and get away from
RapBasement.com: What’s the relationship with you and Haystak?
Bubba Sparxxx: That’s my brother, man. We probably gonna end up
doing an album together but, when we first met, we had some issues. Actually
I didn’t have any issues, he had some issues, and we were able to get
those resolved thankfully, and uh, now we got a great relationship.
RapBasement.com: How was it working with Justin Timberlake?
Bubba Sparxxx: Justin Timberlake is the most talented person I’ve
ever worked with, more than likely. You know he just, his vocal range
is just rediculous man, and it was a real honor to work with him, you
know. He’s a kid from the south too, he’s from the Memphis area so you
know, we got a lot in common too.
RapBasement.com: In your song “Nowhere” you say Eminem is ‘incredible’
but that ‘I really have to say this’; What was your meaning of that line?
Bubba Sparxxx: It’s just like saying, you know, Eminem is great,
but the line before that is really what sets it up. “a curse is blessed
to the beholder”, you know what I’m saying, the fact that Eminem is large
and widely perceived as the best artist in hip-hop right now whether he
is or not, that he’s perceived by a lot of people is that, that fact that
he’s white is a blessing, cuz he’s incredible, but did I really have to
say that? Like, you already knew that. But did I have to say that for
y’all to leave my soul at rest and add me to your playlist?
RapBasement.com: You speak a lot about your father in tracks like
“Nowhere”; What’s your current relationship with him, and what influence
did he have on your musical career?
Bubba Sparxxx: Umm, me and pops, we in great shape, but the first
album was mostly about my mom, man, cuz my ma had always stayed down with
me through thick and thin, me and my pops have had our ups and downs,
you know what I mean? So this album was just, basically me explaining
that I understand my dad now, you know, for his faults and for his, you
know, for his positives. That I just finally understand him and finally
understand the role he played, you know, young in my life. He had no role
in my musical development, you know. Nobody in my family really did cuz
I didn’t have a musical family. But as far as always getting it done and
being a good pops and doing the best he could, you know what I mean? That
was my pops.
RapBasement.com: Can we expect more in-depth ‘Bubba-talk’ on the
Bubba Sparxxx: More in-depth Bubba-talk?
RapBasement.com: Yeah [laughs]
Bubba Sparxxx: Yeah I think so, man. Like I said man, this album
is a lot more reflective, a lot more revealing, you know what I’m saying?
I really wanted to actually tell my story this time man. And I think I
did it man. Yeah and it’s definitely more country, too.
RapBasement.com: Well that’s all the questions I have. Is there
anything you’d like to add?
Bubba Sparxxx: Just uh, let ’em all know that Bubba’s coming, dawg.
Ain’t nothing they can do to stop it, it’s inevitable now.
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