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Juvenile, Bubba Sparxxx

A tour pairing Dirty South hit-makers Juvenile and Bubba Sparxxx may seem incongruous. On the surface, the rappers don't share much in common: Juvenile's upbringing in the rough Magnolia Projects of New Orleans is in contrast to Sparxxx's childhood on a Georgia farm. Juvenile is known for slinging hoe-rific rhymes from the streets that bang in the clubs, and Sparxxx typically comes with think pieces, but each broadens his horizon on new albums. Juvenile's Reality Check expresses the most honest musical post-Katrina response to date, while Sparxxx's The Charm features the unrepentant single "Ms. New Booty." The latter is a shift in attitude from Sparxxx's more serious fare, but it's hard to deny that it's a tight club song.