With Ginuwine’s third album, The Life, recently celebrating its Sweet 16, we got to thinking about how deep his musical legacy really goes. While he’s far from an unknown, that doesn’t mean he’s gotten all of the credit for his talent, influence and music that he deserves. There’s been talk of a new album for the last few years but we couldn’t wait to dive back into his catalog and surface with some true gems you may have forgotten about!
Only When Ur Lonely (Ginuwine… The Bachelor – 1996)
G’s first album was a double platinum success thanks to Pony becoming the iconic smash that it did but it also seemed to obscure the memory of other bangers on the album such as this woozy ballad, which was low-key the unsung side nigga anthem of the mid-to-late ’90s.
What’s So Different? (100% Ginuwine – 1999)
It feels like Ginuwine doesn”t get enough credit for being part of Timbaland’s R&B sonic revolution in the late ’90s either. And while everyone still swoons to the slow banging sounds of So Anxious, its trippy lead single that had G calling a girl out over a Godzilla sample in the background can’t be that easily forgotten.
There It Is (The Life – 2001)
Once again, Ginuwine had a platinum success with his third album and his biggest crossover hit to date with the love song Differences. However, the arguably true star of the album was the anti-love song of a lead single that him taking his ungrateful woman to task with one of his most soulful vocal performances to date.
So Fine (The Life – 2001)
Ginuwine played the R&B lover role extremely well, no doubt, but his footwork is pretty impressive as well and this percolating club banger was a nice reminder that he can kick the tempo up a notch and not skip a beat.
Stingy (Barbershop Soundtrack – 2002; The Senior – 2003)
Even though he moved further away from the edgy styling of Timbaland post-2000, Ginuwine was still able to deliver records such as this and put a timeless touch on the contemporary R&B sound of the time, which showed that he was a true artist, not Timbaland or anyone else’s studio puppet.
When We Make Love (Back II da Basics – 2005)
G delivered another baby making jam on his under-promoted fifth album that ranks among the best of those in his catalog by taking the simplified atmosphere of the music and letting his vocals do all the heavy lifting.
I’m in Love (Back II da Basics – 2005)
Quite possibly his most underrated single to date, the nostalgic vibe of this record proved that no matter the sound or style of the groove, Ginuwine’s skills as a balladeer are too damn smooth.
Last Chance (A Man’s Thoughts – 2009)
Ginuwine’s sixth album was definitely a solid return to form for him. This lead single, from the subject matter to the production to his passionate vocal performance, was the perfect example to show the definite growth in his music.
Lying to Each Other (A Man’s Thoughts – 2009)
From album one, G has always had his fair share of lyrically creative records and this clever ode to angry sex confirmed he had lost none of his edge in that department.
Heaven (Elgin – 2011)
While his last album wasn’t his best album, this moving ballad just reaffirmed that Ginuwine is always one song away from greatness.
21 years and seven albums later, Ginuwine’s status as an R&B legend for his generation has been cemented and we can only hope that his next album, whenever it comes, will help restore him to some of the greatness he has earned!
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