Today in the “suburban bars booking past-prime rappers” beat comes news that the crown jewel of East Layton Avenue late-night, City Lounge, has landed a show with a formerly formidable “country rap” forefather. No, Uncle Kracker isn’t playing an intimate one-nighter at Club Baghdad (yet), and Public Enemy probably won’t be playing Wauwatosa’s Red Dot again anytime soon. Rather, gold record-certified rapper Bubba Sparxxx will take City Lounge’s stage—if there is a stage?—on Saturday, April 30.
Sparxxx first came to public consciousness in 2001 with his debut record Dark Days, Bright Nights, which featured hit single “Ugly” and a host of other Timbaland-produced tracks. It peaked at No. 3 on US music charts en route to gold record certification. From there, Sparxxx held relevance with songs like “Deliverance” and “Ms. New Booty” in addition to featured verses on songs by Justin Timberlake and Missy Elliott. Recent years have been pretty lean for Sparxxx, though…like, “play at City Lounge” lean.
If you want to see an artist you faintly remember at a place you’ve probably never been, clear your April 30 immediately. Tickets are $15 (with a meet-and-greet package available for $15 more).