Bubba Sparxxx Says White Forces Helped Pioneer Hip Hop
Exclusive: Bubba Sparxxx discusses Lord Jamar's comments about white rappers being "guests in the house of Hip Hop."
“White rappers, you’re coming to this almost as a guest,” Lord Jamar said. “As a matter of fact, you are guests in the house of Hip Hop. Just because you have a hit record, doesn’t give you the right—as I feel—to voice your opinion.”
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX that detailed his hiatus from music and battles with drug addiction, Bubba Sparxxx responded to the Brand Nubian member’s comments.
“I have the utmost respect for someone like Lord Jamar,” Bubba said. “He’s one of my predecessors in this, and I would never deny that at its core and the foundation of Hip Hop culture…it started predominantly as a black and Latino thing. But white people have always been present in Hip Hop since the very beginning. You can’t say that white people haven’t been around since the beginning. There are some very pioneering forces that are white.”
Bubba Sparxxx Says He Chose To Take Color Out Of Hip Hop
As it regards his own personal stance, Bubba Sparxxx added that he chooses not to prioritize skin color, and he thinks others will make the same choice.
“I myself chose to take color out of it, but if someone wants to continue to draw those lines, people keep erasing them,” Bubba said. “I don’t see where you can draw that line with anything more than a pencil, because those lines continue to get more and more blurry. But at the root of what he is saying, it’s not untrue.”
Aside from his own personal dealings with the likes of the Dungeon Family and Timbaland—the latter served as the Executive Producer on Bubba’s album, Deliverance—Sparxxx noted his manager Bobby Stamps. Sparxxx pointed to Stamps as someone who had been going to various records stores and supporting independent Hip Hop in the South since 1980. Additionally, Sparxxx also questioned the link between consumerism and participation.
“If white people are purchasing and buying Hip Hop over a period of five to 10 years, its only logical to assume and know that if they are consuming it, they are eventually going to be influenced by it and want to participate in it,” Bubba Sparxxx said.
After gaining prominence with his Billboard Top 20 single “Ugly,” Sparxxx’s Dark Days, Bright Nights album was certified gold by the RIAA in 2001. His 2006 single “Ms New Booty” peaked at #7 on Billboard magazine’s “Hot 100” chart, and was certified gold by the RIAA after a 24-week stay on the charts. Bubba’s latest album, 2013's Pain Management, is available now via BackRoad Records/Average Joes Entertainment.