Pain Management

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Coming seven years after his Big Boi-associated effort, The Charm, Bubba Sparxxx's 2013 album Pain Management finds the previously Dirty South rapper going full hick-hop, but there's a tear in his beer and the somebody-done-somebody-wrong-songs overflow. Best of the downtrodden numbers here has to be the closing "Wicked World," where Dan Rockett joins in for a sad tale of growing old in a time when the honeys run off to DJ Tiesto shows, and yet, the maturing Sparxxx searches for something deeper, offering "I scanned the Bible, thumbed through the Quran, I'm not the most righteous man in the land," and then the stunning "My Uncle raped me, that ain't natural Sam," ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Coming seven years after his Big Boi-associated effort, The Charm, Bubba Sparxxx's 2013 album Pain Management finds the previously Dirty South rapper going full hick-hop, but there's a tear in his beer and the somebody-done-somebody-wrong-songs overflow. Best of the downtrodden numbers here has to be the closing "Wicked World," where Dan Rockett joins in for a sad tale of growing old in a time when the honeys run off to DJ Tiesto shows, and yet, the maturing Sparxxx searches for something deeper, offering "I scanned the Bible, thumbed through the Quran, I'm not the most righteous man in the land," and then the stunning "My Uncle raped me, that ain't natural Sam," although he's talking about his tax problems and referencing Uncle Sam. His old pal and former label boss Timbaland is mentioned, and not with spite, but with the same ambivalence thrown at the music industry that has forsaken him, and while Bubba's not sure why, he rolls the idea around his head throughout the often introspective album. On the other hand, when newfound friends like Colt Ford and Danny Boone from Rehab show up, Bubba is happy to greet these "Country Folks" with hooks and an infectious chorus "Country fried, Baptized in gravy/Can't wash off what the good Lord made me" while the Lacs pump up the stripclub track "Hairdresser Hot" for a party number of "Miss New Booty"-sized importance. "Bangin'" is the other Rockett-fueled highlight, coming on cold like Bun B on a rock-rap warpath, but as Bubba continues to wonder why his combination of Southern charm and love of mainstream/major-label rap leaves him lost in the current, big, and rich land of hick-hop, he doesn't offer anything that straddles the two worlds, either. It's an argument without the evidence, as the remaining bangers -- "Getcha a Pull" and "Down Yonder" -- offer hoots, hollers, and Monster Truck-inspired lines like "Chevy sittin' high, lookin' like I'm Grave Digger," and suddenly, running into Timbaland here would be like running into Tupac at a tractor supply store. Consider this an exciting and uneven, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"-minded album with some interesting and bittersweet "I'm not sure it's the right thing to do"-styled footnotes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Average Joe's Ent.
  • UPC: 661869002446
  • Catalog Number: 244
  • Sales rank: 38,153

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bangin' - Dan Rockett (4:19)
  2. 2 Country Folks - Colt Ford (3:33)
  3. 3 Ride Out of Town (3:52)
  4. 4 Splinter - Crucifix (4:28)
  5. 5 Hairdresser Hot - The Lacs (4:13)
  6. 6 Right (3:17)
  7. 7 Getcha a Pull - Dirt Reynolds (4:23)
  8. 8 Lagrange - Dan Rockett (3:53)
  9. 9 Down Yonder - I4NI (4:01)
  10. 10 Devil's Fire - Daniel Lee (4:10)
  11. 11 Wicked World - Dan Rockett (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bubba Sparxxx Primary Artist
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Noah Gordon Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Vocals
David Bergeaud Piano, Synthesizer Bass
Mike Hartnett Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Dan Rockett Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, E-bow
Jody Stevens Banjo
Phive Starr Musician
Les Hall Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Kyle Everson Pedal Steel Guitar
Lamar Williams Jr. Vocals
Technical Credits
Noah Gordon Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Shannon Houchins Producer, Executive Producer
Mike Hartnett Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Bubba Sparxxx Executive Producer
Robbie Phillips Engineer
Dan Rockett Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Jimmy Dulin Engineer, Mastering
Jody Stevens Composer, Producer
Colt Ford Composer
Phive Starr Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Les Hall Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
JB Patterson Composer
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