Top 10 Reasons Ginuwine Is R&B’s Most Underrated Artist

By Sean McManus
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He wants “In Those Jeans.” He wants you to ride his “Pony.” And though you may have had your “Differences” over the years, there’s no need to feel “So Anxious.” He’s always been the “Same Ol’ G.” This week, R&B sensation Ginuwine releases his seventh (!) album, Elgin. Only the word “sensation” isn’t quite right. Ginuwine has never gotten the respect quite due him. He’s a megawatt talent who can dance like Michael, hit the high notes like Prince, get down and dirty like D’Angelo and emote like R. Kelly. He’s a fantastic live performer, a genius songwriter, and though his career has kept him in the public spotlight for well over a decade, he’s still never gotten the acclaim or achieved the status of other R&B acts who wouldn’t be fit to draw his bath water. But hey, if that means he’ll make an appearance at the FYE at 100 S. Broad St. from 6 to 8 p.m. to sign autographs and meet fans like he is this Thursday, Feb. 17, I guess I’m fine with it. 100%.

10. Had anyone else been given the name “Elgin Baylor Lumpkin,” they would’ve surely lived a life cowering in the shadows after the constant ridicule and name-calling they would’ve no-doubt received in junior high. Man that he is, Elgin-uwine uses his God given name for the title of his seventh album. 

9. Speaking of which, how many R&B artists nowadays make it to their seventh album. That in itself, is a feat.

8. A few years ago, Ginuwine formed a band with Tyrese and Tank called TGT. Can you imagine?! That’s a tour-de-force trio. Nothing ever came of it, unfortunately (conflicting schedules), but that’s the R&B equivalent of the Super Super Blues Band (Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley).

7. Full disclosure: I’m a huge fan. I’ve seen the man perform more than half a dozen times and he’s always killed it. With the six-pack abs of a young D’Angelo, the “how’d he do that?” dance moves of a young Usher and the exceptional vocal range of a young R. Kelly, he's always had the best shows. I’ve seen him sandwiched between acts like Master P and Ying Yang Twins (remember them?) or Donnell Jones and Marc Nelson (remember them?) and he’s always, always been the highlight.

6. He’s the only guy in the world cool enough to endorse Adult Chocolate Milk—“an alcohol-infused twist on a childhood classic” (translation: a horrible concoction that combines chocolate milk with vodka). And though thinking about how low a man like him would have had to sink to become the face of such a shit product makes you feel the kind of sick you got when you found out the girl from Family Matters was doing porn, you must admit “Ginuwine as Milkman” is a good look. (See photo.)

5. 100% is a modern masterpiece. Seriously, go listen to it. Now more than 10 years since its release, it still holds up while albums by other artists of the era—Jodeci and Tony! Toni! Toné!—sound dated. Ginuwine’s sophomore effort will sound perfect 100 years from now too.

4. Dude came up in the game with Aaliyah, Missy Elliot and Timbaland. GAME RECOGNIZE GAME.

3. He made his feature film debut in the amazing, gender-bending basketball comedy Juwanna Mann as a pace-quickening lothario named Romeo. Put that shit in your Netflix queue immediately.

2. There is simply no greater song than “Pony.” And there is no greater proof than a website dedicated solely to people dancing to an epic jam (dancingalonetopony.tumblr.com). Many have tried (Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, etc.), but none will ever reach the Olympian heights of this bonafide sultry sex jam. “Pony” will be played at my funeral.

1. “If you’re horny, let’s do it/ Ride it, my pony.”

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1. Galford said... on Jul 15, 2011 at 05:56AM

“GINUWINE IS ONE OF R&B'S GREATEST ARTIST FOR REAL PEOPLE SAY HIS UNDER RATED BUT IS JUST SHIT THE SPEAK IF YOU LISTEN TO HIS SONGS, REALLY HIS LOVE SONGS THAN U WILL FIND OUT WHAT I MEAN.HE IS THE BEST IN WHAT HE DOES AND THERES NO ONE WHO CAN BEAT HIM SORRY FOR USHER, TREY SONGZ, NEYO THEY WILL NEVER BE ON GINUWINE'S LEVEL CAUSE HE IS A TRUE ARTIST. DONT HATE GET ALONG.”

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2. ghostface said... on Aug 22, 2011 at 06:26AM

“GINUWINE IS NOT UNDER RATED LET ME EXPLAIN. GINUWINE HAS TO MUCH HATERS ON HIS BACK.GINUWINE IS FAMOUS BECAUSE IF HE WASNT NOBODY WOULD NO WHO GINUWINE IS.GINUWINE MIGHT BE OUT OF THE SPOTLITE JUST 4 A MINUTE.ANOTHER THING IS ALL ARTIST ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO GET WERE THEY ARE TODAT SO DONT TELL ME IS HARD WORKING CUASE THE REASON IS LUCK LUCK IS WHAT MAKES YOU SOMEBODY.GINUWINE EARNED HIS SPOT LITE IN DA 90'S AND ARE STILL IN IT .THE MUSIC WE LISTEN TO TODAY IS CRAP , GINUWINE IS KEEPING QUALITY MUSIC REAL DONT HATE CAUSE I'TS DA TRUTH, HIS ELGIN ALBUM MIGHT NOT HIT DA CHARTS 2011 ON A HIGH SPOT, BUT STILL THE ALBUM IS 100% FUCKIN MOUTH WATERING WITHOUT TIMBALANDS HELP.DON'T LET US TALK SHIT ABOUT GINUWINE CAUSE THERE ARE ARTIST LIKE CHRIS BROWN , USHER , TREY SONGZ THEIR MUSIC SUCKS CAUSE THEY COPYING GINUWINE BUT THE WILL NEVER STAND A CHANCE AGAINST HIM CAUSE HE IS A TRUE R&B ARTIST AND THAT'S THAT.DONT HATE CHECK UR FACTS FIRST.”

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3. Darknight said... on Aug 10, 2012 at 05:57AM

“Ginuwine was hyped in the 90's now he's been put down , but it doesn't say he is finished cause he still brings us Quality music, music that put us in the mood to sing and dance. Ginuwine aint younger no more he had his time. People like to say this and that this one is the best, but that aint true cause to be hyped doesn't say your are the best, cause i have listen to many albums in my life and i know what it's all about some albums sucks totally... and some are just great, but music is music and quality music is very important. Ginuwine just want to show us today that if you listen to the radio u won't get the Quality of R&B and Hip Hop or PoP Music has chance over the years big time.... we just have to go with the flo. Someone who's underated is someone who's the best in what he or she does, but doesn't get the respect he or she deserve, the music business is corrupt, but it still makes you the top dog in the music business, that's true very true.”

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