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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
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Adult Swim time with this right here lol. And once again Timbaland at his finest I miss him.
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Adult Swim time with this
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Can I have him what about her she with some kandy or walking with a cane like daddy
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She can't under stand unless it right there we all doin the twist now pop it bkk killa is getin real bad b**ch on it blowin flam about to set it straight up so u with it or just lay bkk get all my hunnies to the floor the more bad b**ches the more we ride to rise to the sky is are limit
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I think I die dr got cought in a car trip now killa is a sprit of stoping hurt save the trip to get it alll like it never happened now die the s**t and open the doors it's clear out play it as the beat is the worth of the trips get up and do the spin it's the new thing
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Trust no guy from the streets get the one who is livening the street life as she rides the world with her bad self now hoe do it with me and be a rockstar or I'll help u peal out to the way I was started it will make u a badbitch f**k what u hear just do it like her , is that herr
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I see what is going on the f**ked way of the play no games no movies damn y'all be playin come do it once more see if she takes what really matters and it's real try again for the thrilll
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Good song
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U made my life complete. ..im so in love. ..ur my special one. ..wepa. ...
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He has a very sexy voice and love his music. Touches my hart and soul...
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There was so much more for u ....as for now I'm good
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dat_gyrl_ne_ n e
this my jam
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yes love the song my jeans is like damn those jeans
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Feel like I walk out of heaven
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Yassssss loving this classic ;)
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OK song
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Always been a fan!
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Yea
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Love this song
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Love this song this is my s**t
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It ain't none of ur friends business...W H A T ! ? Was my s**t back in school
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hardin7j3
That's good music
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jenwerth4
Just the good☺
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jenwerth4
Butt
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good old days ;)
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U did ...but I know u don't love
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I luv Ginuwine"s pony that is the whole reason why I created this station and have yet to hear it pony is my all-time favorite song it's as sexy as Ginuwine him self
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Awww I love him
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In those jeans... this is my favorite song by him..��
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I love Dis man
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I like ginuwine
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Love this song ����
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Love ginuwine me and my mans songs always got us in the mood just cant ginuwine is and will always be my main
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brandythornt o n 4 3 7 6
Love this song
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pretty
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This is a feel love song this what man want to say to the love of his life
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brandythornt o n 4 3 7 6
Yep!!!
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bed time songs great
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I love this song
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carnival211
Am a girl
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carnival211
It that sexys song
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angelasims05
One of my favorite songs of all time... I needed to hear this right now.
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Reminiscing about you.. and what we do....
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I feel like thiz song iz for me and my husband....G l a d u came n to my life...��
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My favorite song by him is pony
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I love you
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brandythornt o n 4 3 7 6
:)
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I love you
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