Released: 2002
The beat-box has always been one of the most valuable weapons in Timbaland's arsenal; it's stunning how much flexibility he's gotten out of manipulated samples of his own voice. With "Cry Me A River," Timberlake makes Timbaland's voice box squelches and fakey scratches that line the track seem absolutely emotive and—vice versa—those elements give Justin just enough of an edge to outgrow his boy-band image.