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Bubba Sparxxx w/ Struggle Jennings at Baltimore Soundstage 6/19
June 19 @ 7:00 pm - June 20 @ 12:00 am
Bubba Sparxxx Music
with guests TBA!
The term “country rap” has started to take its run in mainstream country formats. With the recent success of country artist Colt Ford and The Lacs , along with current “rap style” hits by country mega stars Jason Aldean (“Dirt Road Anthem”), Toby Keith (“Red Solo Cup”) and Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah”), one would think that this is a new concept. But if you are a true music historian, you would recall that this movement actual began in 2001 with the release of Bubba Sparxxx’s debut album Dark Days, Bright Nights. The video for the first single, “Ugly,” featured Bubba and pals in the mud with pigs, on tractors and performing in front of a house covered with bug lights. If that’s not the epitome of country, then nothing is.
Fast forward eleven years, and you find Bubba re-uniting with his original collaborator Shannon “Fat Shan” Houchins, whom, over the years, has built the successful record label Average Joes Entertainment on the foundation of blending musical genres. “Bubba and I grew up listening to hip-hop and riding in jacked up trucks,” Houchins says. “I was producing mainstream rap and R&B records when Bubs first came to me and said ‘why don’t we combine the music we like with lyrics about the lifestyle we live’.” This wake up call led to the creation of the movement.