Made on McCosh Mill Road
“I’m talking ‘bout a cold beer, I’m talking ‘bout a hot country girl/ I’m talking ‘bout John Deere, I’m talking bout’ my big Cousin Earl/ See I was made on McCosh Mill Road where the rowdy folks come from…” With these opening lines, Warren Mathis (a.k.a. platinum-selling hip-hop star Bubba Sparxx) signals a return to his humble roots in Lagrange.
Discovered while rapping after a UGA football game, the Troup County native signed to Interscope in 2000 and got paired with hot producers like Timbaland and Organized Noize. Top 20 singles (including “Ugly” and “Ms. New Booty,” featuring Ying Yang Twins) and 3 Top 10 albums followed. But by 2006 Bubba Sparxxx seemed to have gone the way of the dodo.
Seven years later he resurfaced, working with Rehab guitarist Danny Boone and Average Joes Entertainment co-founder Colt Ford (who wrote Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem”). The result is a surprisingly enjoyable country-rap sound. Songs like “Past Is Practice,” “Better Be Country” and “Heart of Georgia” blend rootsy country-blues riffs with slamming hip-hop beats, making this album an impassioned and accessible celebration of Southern culture.
Photo courtesy of eONE Music