Album: Dark Days, Bright Nights
Label: Beat Club/Interscope

Virginia Beach spitter Bubba Sparxxx was one of a surge of white rappers picked up in the aftermath of Eminem's mutliplatinum win streak. Bubba quickly fell in with Timbaland, who produced and guested on a handful of songs on the rerelease of Sparxxx's debut album Dark Days, Bright Nights. The album's lead single "Ugly" struck the same balance between hip-hop attitude and Indian bhangra melodies and instrumentation that Missy Elliott's "Get Ur Freak On" had just months earlier (actually incorporating bits of that song's beat into the end of the song). Tim's track and Bubba's punchlines landed "Ugly" in the upper reaches of the Top 40 and led to Tim producing the majority of the 2003 follow up, Deliverance.