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Ginuwine



With his second record, "100% Ginuwine," R&B artist Ginuwine has proven he is no one-hit wonder.

After scoring big with his '96 debut LP, "The Bachelor," the Washington D.C. native headed back into the lab with the old saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" firmly on his mind. For his second release, Ginuwine stuck with friend and producer Timbaland, the man who helped him break out the first time around.

Released back in March, the platinum-certified "100% Ginuwine" album has already spawned two minor hits with "What's So Different?" and "So Anxious," and there could be more success on the way. Ginuwine just shot the video for his latest single, "None Of Ur Friends Business," and he hopes to release "Final Warning," a duet with Aaliyah (and the album's only collaboration) as the next single.

What else is so different about Ginuwine these days? John Gill of the MTV Radio Network found out firsthand when the future fragrance mogul (see "The Sweet Smell Of Ginuwine") stopped by to chat about writing for 'N Sync, goofing off with Aaliyah, and translating his theatrics to the live stage and the big screen. Check it out.

MTV: Ginuwine, do you still go by the nickname "The Bachelor?"

Ginuwine: Oh yeah, definitely. I still go by The Bachelor, one-hundred percent. It's still true. Still a bachelor, and just chillin'. Just doing my shows, and just working. It's just good to be working.

MTV: Too busy to be anything but a bachelor.

Ginuwine: Yeah, pretty much. Always traveling, going places. It's real hard to hold down a relationship when you're doing a lot of things like that, and it's real hard to find somebody who's understanding about that.

MTV: Most recently you did the song "The Best Man I Can Be" for the soundtrack to "The Best Man."

Ginuwine: Yeah, that's the most recent thing I did, with Tyrese, Case, and RL from Next, and myself. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced it, and it's a great song. It's one of those brotherly love kind of songs, to make you feel good about seeing guys, you know, bonding, without a whole bunch of hating going on and fighting and stuff like that.

MTV: How did that all-star collaboration come about?

Ginuwine: Man... I don't even know. I mean, I just got a call, and it was like, "Would you be interested in working with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis?" And I stopped them right there and I said, "Oh, yes... Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, no problem at all." But then when they told me the lineup, that just made it icing on the cake.

It's history for me, 'cause I remember watching [Jam and Lewis] working with Janet [Jackson], and they have been very successful. I'm just hoping I can be one of those names they mention when they thank everyone for working with them and stuff like that.


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