Pain Management

Pain Management

by Bubba SparxxxBubba Sparxxx




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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2013
Label: Average Joe's Ent.
UPC: 0661869002446
catalogNumber: 244

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,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,E-bow
Jody Stevens   Banjo
Phive Starr   Musician
Hall   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Kyle Everson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Lamar Williams   Vocals

Technical Credits

Noah Gordon   Producer,Engineer
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
Jody Stevens   Composer,Producer
Colt Ford   Composer
Phive Starr   Producer,Engineer
Hall   Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
JB Patterson   Composer

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