GINUWINE

 

 

They say that "if it ain't broke, then don't fix it." Yet, according to the best-selling R&B groundbreaker Ginuwine, there's a corollary to that time honored adage: namely, just because it ain't broke don't mean you can sit around and rest on your laurels. If you're an artist, you've got to push yourself. Mature. Expand your creative horizons. And make sure your fifth album is at least as memorable and important as your first -- and give it all the show-stopping soul power you've got.
Back II Da Basics, Ginuwine's fifth Epic Records/Sony Urban Music CD, is fueled by the expansive artistry and vitality that Ginuwine's fans have come to expect while the man's new music raises the bar on his already high standards. Featuring production by Jazze Pha (Ciara/Monica), Troy Oliver (2001's "Differences"), The Underdogs and TrackMasters, the album is chockfull of songs that make you wanna hit the club and the sheets. Back II Da Basics is the sound of Ginuwine reconnecting, reaffirming and reigniting the passion that makes his music so real, memorable and, well, genuine. if you ask the affable soul star if his follow-up to 2003's platinum-certified The Senior (which spawned the smash hit "In Those Jeans") is a reintroduction of sorts.
A taste of that expansiveness is evident on the album's first single, the sultry slow-burning "When We Make Love." Produced by new jack Ced Solo, "When We Make Love" is classic Ginuwine honed to a 2005 sheen. As for the steamy lovers' vibe? Ever the ladies' man, Ginuwine laughs, "I think it's pretty much self-explanatory. That sort of romantic, sensual feeling has pretty much been my strength and I know how to express that emotion well."

 

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Which is proved by the song "Better Half." Produced by Timbaland associate Danger Handz, this ballad mines a similar spirit to 2001's "Differences," which was one of the most played songs on urban R&B radio. "I think `Better Half' is going to be another one of those songs that people use as part of their wedding ceremonies," Ginuwine predicts, "because the subject matter is so universal." Another smoothed out soul turn is "I'm In Love" (produced by Troy Oliver) which Ginuwine describes as "the type of song that I really feel good about."
Yet, if you think that Back II Da Basics is only a collection of love songs, there are other dimensions to Ginuwine's musical world. Eager to kick-start his dancing machine, Ginuwine aka "The Pride of Washington D.C.," unleashes the club banger "In The Club," featuring red hot Jadakiss, and lets Jazze Pha work his magic on the old school Michael Jackson flavored jam "Want You To Be." From late night creeps to crunked out joints, Back II Da Basics is Ginuwine in totality.
Born in Washington, D.C., Ginuwine fell under the spells of Prince and Michael Jackson as a child. By the time he was 12, the aspiring musician had started performing with a local hip-hop group, the Finesse Five. As time went on, he sang with another D.C. group, Physical Wonder, and even entertained folks as a nimble MJ imitator. In 1996, Ginuwine was discovered by Jodeci and, after traveling to New York City, met Timbaland, a then up-and-coming producer. Together they cut the edgy track "Pony," which lead to a deal with Sony Music.
His debut CD, GinuwineThe Bachelor hit the streets in late '96 and "Pony" quickly became a ..1 R&B and ..6 pop chart/radio sensation. The LP would go on to double-platinum status, driven by popular cuts like "Pony," "Tell Me Do U Wanna," "I'll Do Anything/I'm Sorry," "Holler" and "Only When Ur Lonely". With his stylized dancing and creamy vocals, Ginuwine emerged as one of contemporary R&B's biggest rookies and also a major sex symbol. In 1998, he released "Same Ol' G" (from the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack), which resulted in yet another chart hit.
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n 1999, Ginuwine proved that lightning sometimes strikes twice with his second double-platinum LP, 100% Ginuwine, which entered the pop charts at ..5. The first single "So Anxious," became a massive crossover hit, while "What's So Different?" and "None of Ur Friend's Business" scored on the R&B charts. In 2001, Ginuwine dropped The Life, which, as he'd done previously, entered the charts in the Top 5 and went platinum-plus (to date, all four Ginuwine albums have achieved that prestigious mark). The set's second single, "Differences," triumphed as Ginuwine's biggest pop hit yet, hitting ..4 on the Hot 100. The following year, "G" displayed his versatility by making his feature film debut in the 2002 comedy "Juwanna Man." Over the past several years, he's also appeared in other TV and film projects, including "Half & Half" and "Honey." With 2003 came the release of The Senior, which resulted in another R&B chart/radio hit ("In Those Jeans"), another platinum certification and a sold-out Ladies Night Tour (also featuring Brian McKnight, Joe and label mates Jagged Edge).

Ginuwine can be spotted in one of Jodeci's videos. There, he met rapper Melissa "Missy" Elliott and producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, who became his main collaborators through the 1990s. Ginuwine's first single, (written by Static Major) the 1996 "Pony" from Ginuwine...The Bachelor, showcased his smooth vocals and Timbaland's innovative production style, and the two became a hit-making duo. The song "Pony" was used in a "karaoke" scene from the film Wild Hogs in 2007 and again used in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008. Mike Patton and Rahzel together perform a cover of "Pony" during their concerts. Ginuwine covered Prince's "When Doves Cry" single from the movie soundtrack to Purple Rain.

After his second album, 100% Ginuwine, was released in 1999, Ginuwine and Timbaland grew apart. Producers such as R. Kelly have crafted hits for him since then. In 2001, Ginuwine had a number-four hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single "Differences", which also peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.

Within a year, Ginuwine lost both of his parents. He later wrote a song which is featured on his album The Life entitled "Two Reasons I Cry". In 2002, Ginuwine was a feature artist on P. Diddy's number-one hit "I Need a Girl (Part II)". Later that year, Ginuwine started his own label, Bag Entertainment. The label would feature artists such as Jose Cenquentez (who appeared on The Senior) and Knight.

Ginuwine's fifth album, Back II Da Basics, was released on November 15, 2005. The album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling close to 100,000 copies. Ginuwine stated on BET's Top 100 countdown that the album went Gold with sales of 500,000 copies.[12]

In May 2007, an album entitled I Apologize was released in stores. Although attributed to Ginuwine, the release was an unauthorized album and included only three Ginuwine songs - apparently from stolen masters - and ten songs by other artists. Ginuwine spoke against the unofficial release on both his MySpace page and through YouTube.[13] In 2007, Ginuwine collaborated with Canadian hip-hop artist Belly in the latter's debut solo song "Pressure", which was featured in Belly's debut album the Revolution, released in June 2007.

Ginuwine's sixth album entitled A Man's Thoughts, was released on June 23, 2009. The album was produced by The Underdogs, B Cox, Timbaland, The Runners, Johnta Austin, Oak and Polow Da Don. The album includes guests appearances from Brandy, Missy Elliott, Bun B and Timbaland.[14] Ginuwine formed a group with Tank and Tyrese named TGT. Their first single was a remix of Tank's "Please Don't Go". They were supposed to tour but plans fell apart due to conflicting schedules.[15]

Ginuwine announced on his Myspace Blog on August 21, 2008 that due to label and legal issues, they will not be able to release an official TGT album.[16] Ginuwine is the founder and CEO of LoveSong Incorporated, after completing his contract with 550 Music/Epic. Ginuwine announced on his Myspace blog on August 21, 2008 that he signed a major label deal with Notifi Records/Warner Brothers.[16]

Ginuwine introduced producer MELROG and rapper Young Knight a.k.a. Knightron on the Back 2 Da Basics album. Currently Knightron is working on his own album under Ginuwine's label BAG ENT. Elgin will be released on Valentine's Day 2011.

 

 

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