Maybe going after the guy who effectively gave you your only successful album isn’t the way forward, but regardless of that (pretty obvious) fact, Ginuwine recently spoke out to Vibe about the issues he’s been having with long-time collaborator Timbaland…
“He really hasn’t been interested in working with me, so I can’t speak on the present,” Ginuwine tells VIBE of Timbaland. “But back in the days, it spoke for itself as far as him being the most sought after producer. Music was boring until he came out with that new sound. Back then, I would have described it as futuristic because it was something that had not been done and people jumped on it. If it wasn’t for him making that style as hot as it is, a lot of producers that’s out now maybe wouldn’t even be here.”
The singer adds that he’s still upset at Timbaland for not supporting him promotionally on his 2009 project, A Man’s Thoughts, despite producing a song for the album.
“Me and Tim were real close at one point. A lot of the times that I reached out, there were a bunch of excuses,” explains Ginuwine. “I begged and pleaded with him because I felt a certain way but I was like, is it just a bad vibe that I’m picking up on? Maybe I’m bugging out, I don’t know. But it came out to be true and I still feel like he owes me an apology for that. The reason I’m pissed off at him now is because of what he did. I would’ve been cool and not bothered him if he would’ve said, ‘Nah, I’m too busy,’ or gave me the lame excuse like he’s been giving me. But don’t do it and then not do what you’re supposed to do [to promote the song].”
While some have labeled Timbo a sell-out because of his recent work with pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, Ginuwine disagrees.
“I don’t know about the sold out thing. I think any smart businessman would go where the money is bigger, but I also feel like you don’t forget your roots either,” says Ginuwine. “You don’t alienate the people that helped you and started you out… What is it about me now that you just don’t like? And if it is something, say it. I can take truth. I can’t take that kind of stuff and right now I don’t really like him. I really don’t. That’s not being a man.”
Ginuwine is roughly 18 songs into his upcoming seventh album, Elgin, which he hopes to release this August. Producers include Bryan Michael Cox and Diane Warren.
In the words of Diddy – “that’s some b*tchassness, right there”.
Sorry, but if this dude was saying this type of thing at the height of his career, then OK – but it’s public knowledge that Ginuwine has struggled and struggled…and struggled to have a hit single/album since his debut (OK, he’s had some minor ‘hits’ here and there but nothing compared to his first).
Don’t get me wrong though, Timbaland has fallen off hard in recent years – the pop sh*t he’s been churning out is bloody abismal – but I always assumed he stopped working with Ginuwine because…Ginuwine stopped being able to afford his services lmao! You can’t run on that ‘great relationship’ tip for ever, hell, this country went to war because of a ‘special relationship’ lol *so random, but true!*.
Irrespective of why he said it, who you believe – I never feel it’s right or appropriate to talk about your private issue with your ‘friend’ or colleague for that matter in public. It’s not the way forward and you always end up looking like the dick. This is a perfect example of that fact.
Peace, Love & Ginuwine
Shout to TGJ
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