Bubba Sparxxx's 'Ugly' (August 2001)
The same month that Keith released his track to country radio, Bubba Sparxxx put out his debut single "Ugly," landing on the pop, R&B/hip-hop and rap charts. Its lean, electronic, Timbaland-produced beat had a coolly citified quality, while Sparxxx played up his countriness with hard-drawled lines about the "dirty" South "gettin' ugly" and a video that put a gleefully Southern gothic spin on working-class rural life. Once hick-hop blew up, Sparxxx rightfully bragged that he was one of the first to rep for "the generation of people that love TuPac and Hank" in his track "Country Folks," which featured a guest rap from Colt Ford. That Sparxxx is currently on Ford's outsider country label Average Joes makes sense, considering that Sparxxx had been produced early on by Joes head honcho Shannon Houchins in their native Georgia. Check out Sparxxx's "Ugly" side here.