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Ginuwine

Ginuwine was one of R&B's preeminent love men during the '90s heyday of hip-hop soul. Initially teamed with Timbaland, the most innovative producer of the late '90s, Ginuwine's sultry, seductive crooning earned him a substantial female following and made him a regular presence on the R&B charts, even after the futuristic production he favored was eclipsed by the more organic, retro-leaning neo-soul movement.

Ginuwine was born in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 1975, with the unlikely name of Elgin Baylor Lumpkin (after D.C.-born Basketball Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor). As a youngster, Lumpkin's interest in music was ignited by Prince and Michael Jackson, especially the latter's legendary moonwalking performance on the Motown 25th anniversary special. At the mere age of 12, he began performing at parties and bars with the local hip-hop group the Finesse Five. He later worked as a Michael Jackson impressionist and sang with another local outfit, Physical Wonder; in the meantime, he earned a paralegal degree from a local community college, in case music didn't work out. In 1996, he adopted the name Ginuwine and was discovered by Jodeci. In New York, he met up with young producer Timbaland and cut the track "Pony," whose slow, halting groove and impassioned vocals helped Ginuwine land a deal with Sony's 550 Music imprint.

With the strikingly inventive Timbaland behind the boards, Ginuwine cut his debut album, Ginuwine...The Bachelor, and released it later in 1996. "Pony" became a number one R&B smash, also reaching number six on the pop charts, and the album became an eventual double-platinum hit. It spun off several more R&B hits over the next year, including "Tell Me Do U Wanna," "I'll Do Anything/I'm Sorry," "Holler," and "Only When Ur Lonely"; it also featured an homage to one of Ginuwine's main influences in the cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry." In the wake of the album's success, demand for Timbaland's production services exploded, and Ginuwine became a bona fide sex symbol. He toured heavily in support of The Bachelor, and kept his name in the public eye in 1998 with his hit "Same Ol' G," which was featured on the soundtrack to Eddie Murphy's Dr. Doolittle. Late that year, he also made his acting debut on an episode of the CBS series Martial Law.

Ginuwine returned with his second album, 100% Ginuwine, in early 1999. Again produced by Timbaland, it entered the pop charts at number five, gave rise to another significant crossover hit in "So Anxious," and went platinum. "What's So Different?" and "None of Ur Friends Business" were also successful on R&B radio, and there was another cover of a Ginuwine hero, this time Michael Jackson's "She's Out of My Life." He followed it in the spring of 2001 with The Life, despite having to endure the deaths of his father (who committed suicide) and mother (a victim of cancer) within the same year. It was his first album helmed by producers not named Timbaland. Nonetheless, it was another success, debuting at number three on the charts and once again going platinum. Moreover, the ballad "Differences" -- the second single released from the album, after "There It Is" -- became Ginuwine's biggest pop hit yet, climbing to number four later that year.

In 2002, Ginuwine made his feature film debut in the gender-bending basketball comedy Juwanna Mann, playing (what else?) a slick R&B singer. That summer, Ginuwine returned to the Top Ten courtesy of his duet with P. Diddy on "I Need a Girl, Pt. 2." Around the same time, in a somewhat bizarre incident, police captured a Minnesota man who'd been impersonating the singer for the past few years and bilking money from business contacts. Though he didn't achieve as much success on the singles charts, both The Senior (2003) and Back II da Basics (2005) reached the Top Five of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Even an unauthorized bootleg, I Apologize, managed to make a minor impact in 2007. The singer then switched from the Sony family to a distribution deal with Warner Bros. A Man's Thoughts was released in 2009, topped the R&B albums chart, and featured a reunion with Timbaland on "Get Involved." The January 2011 single "Batteries" -- a club track on which he was joined by Trina -- preceded his seventh album, Elgin. He then linked up with Tank and Tyrese for Three Kings, released in 2013 under the name TGT. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Love it
Good song old but Good
hes the realdeal
Complete
Yeah dat real playa music...Boun c e back son!!
Okay the song HELLO, H*** NO.
Give me So Anxious and Same old G and my day is made.
#OPERATIONGE T G I N U W I N E A N D T I M B A L A N D B A C K T O G E T H E R , needs to be in full effect for 2015.
I love you Ginuwine you my wine at night
GinuFINE .... LUV so anxious!
Justin beiber
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Repost on 5 other songs
Look under ur pillow
to cute heyyyyyy
Yass pony<3
you should see us every night!!! its so so awsome !!! takes my breath away!!
I love ur songs and u so god damn hot
my whole life have change since you follow me baby girl
What you no about that thats the s**t
Channell Benjamin
Luv this song
tamialove080
Kik // tamia_always // nobody older than 16
I love this song
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Mmhggfh
johenny_dela c r u z
Say iPhone 5 Times
Say a color
Post this on 5 other songs
The song was good
Fine as wine and just my kind!
sing to me
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So anxious..... 8)
So sexy Ginuwine
There ante no changing me I'm the same old G damn I love u ginuwine
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Say ariana 5x and post this to 2 song and check out your voice
tamirhensley
What. Are. You. Doing. Ginuwine
I love you
Love you Ginuwine... to to sexy and fine♡♡♡
Gina wine gina kiss you Bebe sexy love. I love you Too baby girl gina
Your voice sounds Like angle
Gina I love you Damn good song .another hit from G
Love this song his voice umm (l'm a girl)
Your voice sounds Like angle
Gina I love you
Gina wine gina kiss you Bebe sexy love I love you Too baby girl gina
my whole life has changeD..Yes s s
S lT DlD LoL
Love this song
The only time l drink a 40 is when l want to drink a 40
LOL love it!
MY WHOLE LIFE HAS CHANGED..YES S S S IT DID LOL
Love this song!!
Gina wine gina kiss you Bebe sexy love I love you Too baby girl gina
The only time I drink a 40 is when I want to drink a 40.
LOL Love it!
Ginuwine. Gina kiss you sexy love
I love you Too baby girl gina
Wish my wife would listen to this, EVERYDAY
Ginuwin gina kiss you Bebe sexy love
Miss you and baby girl gina I love you
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