TGJ Replay: Ginuwine’s ‘100% Ginuwine’

Published: Thursday 8th Jan 2015 by Rashad
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‘TGJ Replay’ is back!

Designed much like our ‘Retro Rewind’ and ‘From the Vault’ features, ‘Replay’ is That Grape Juice‘s newest retrospective segment to act as a written quest, if you will, to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday.

Unlike its ‘Rewind’ and ‘Vault’ predecessors, ‘Replay’ looks to dust off and showcase entire albums (and eras) from a library of pop and Urban pop music hits.  Next up?  Unsung R&B beau Elgin Baylor Lumpkin, better known as Ginuwine.

Get into his 1999 sophomore album ‘100% Ginuwine’ below:

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After galloping to the top of charts with his debut single ‘Pony’ and its parent album ‘Ginuwine…The Bachelor,’ D.C.-bred R&B crooner Ginuwine had much riding on its highly anticipated follow-up.  For, not only were fans keen to see if the album’s successor would know similar critical and commercial acclaim, but spectators also placed a lens on producer Timbaland to see if his string of successes (highlighted primarily by work done with R&B songstress Aaliyah, rapstress Missy Elliott, and more) would continue.

Determined to diminish any doubt, the two would revisit the very sonic and thematic recipes that brought ‘The Bachelor’ down the aisle of double platinum success – bass driven R&B ballads lined side by side with hard-hitting mid-tempo numbers cloaked with G’s “preachy” singing style.  With the addition of penning and production from the late Static Major, Ginuwine would assert that this collection of tunes would be the greatest representation of his development as an artist to date.  In honor of said progression, the work was aptly christened ‘100% Ginuwine.’

Enter lead single ‘Same Ol G’:

Alongside R&B sister Aaliyah’s megahit ‘Are You That Somebody,’ ‘Same Ol G’ would find its greatest exposure via the official motion picture soundtrack to Eddie Murphy‘s ‘Dr. Doolittle.’ Though Billboard airplay rules at the time barred it from placing on Hot 100 and Hot R&B Singles charts, the strength of its radio response would be indicative of the interest in the crooner’s sophomore set.

To capitalize on the buzz, still solid months after its release, G and team selected ‘What’s So Different’ as ‘Same’s successor.

With its ‘The Matrix’-inspired video in tow, the tune and its accompanying visual would not only serve as another demonstration of the his oft-praise performance style, but also helped reassert his unique position in R&B at the time.  Amidst competition from R&B’s male frontrunners, R. Kelly & Usher, he stood as a middle ground of sorts – not as sexual as his predecessor Kelly, but still able to appeal to a similar “grown and sexy” audience (on levels greater than teen sensation Usher).

On the heels of its stylized video, the song’s critical acclaim wouldn’t exactly be matched with commercial success as it would barely crack the Hot 100’s top 50 (#49 peak) and miss the R&B singles chart’s top 20 (#21 peak).

Interestingly, the absence of a top performing single did little to stunt the first week sales of ‘100% Ginuwine.’  For, upon its March 1999 debut, the album skyrocketed to Billboard 200 and R&B Albums charts’ upper rankings (#5 and #2 peak respectively).  Greeting the R&B beau with a bevy of critical acclaim from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, VIBE, SPIN, and more, the manifestation of said acclamation would translate to commercial wins for the album’s remaining singles.

Fans anxious for more from G’s ‘100%’ would show and tell such via the performance of the tunes ‘So Anxious’ and ‘None of Your Friends Business’ on charts.  The last two releases lifted from the album, ‘Anxious’ would see the highest heights of its sibling singles with a #16 peak on Hot 100 (#2 Hot R&B singles peak).  Quickly becoming his signature slow groove for its sensual lyrics dripping over a guitar and bass laced affair, it was followed by the similarly constructed ‘Business’ which saw nearly identical success on R&B charts (#7 peak).

The same could not be boasted for its trek up Hot 100 charts, however, as it stalled at #48.

When the dust settled, ‘100% Ginuwine’ was, much to the chagrin of fans, unceremoniously ignored by the Grammy committee, but was redeemed with American Music Awards and Soul Train Awards nominations (picking up a win at the latter’s 2000 ceremony).  Much like its predecessor, the album would go on to cross the double platinum threshold and, with the journey, gain G a new legion of R&B fans.

Though ‘100%’ would be his last project to be saturated with a great percentage of its production from Timbaland, the crooner’s career would maintain buoyancy throughout the early 2000s despite rising competition from the likes of the genre’s top crooners (i.e. Sisqo, Usher, Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, more) and teen pop sensations.  The latter 2000s may not have been able to sing the same tune, but we at TGJ still faithfully bumped his hits.

Though oft-discredited or completely uncredited for his contributions to the genre, we at TGJ choose not to forget the time where G was really the male equivalent of Aaliyah.  An anomaly in his ability to offer style and substance (on the performance tip), we take this time to tip our hats to what we will argue is his definitive work.

Quiet as it’s kept, while we weren’t too hot on his Prince remake of ‘When Dove’s Cry’ from his debut album, we still bump his cover of Michael Jackson‘s ‘She’s Out of My Life’ found on his sophomore set.

But, as always, you tell us:


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  1. Mark111 January 8, 2015

    That was your final warning, don’t call me in the morning. Oh, that was my jam. For obvious reasons.

  2. IHATEjohnvidal January 8, 2015

    great choice TGJ! i tell you man…so anxious WAS THE JAM !! i know it was plenty of 2000s babies made off that joint lol. NONE OF YOUR FRIENDS BUSINESS was the business too.

    sucks how hard he fell off

    *awaits John Vidal to come complain that this album wasnt a classic or worthy of a post*

  3. #TeamTinashe Stan (Sevyn’s New Single “Don’t Kill The Fun” Comes Out 1.13.15) January 8, 2015

    Rashad…… GREAT JOB!
    It was this album and Queen Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” that changed the dynamics of the genre that we love that is called “R&B.” Every artist wanted to work with Timbaland and Missy since the two releases. A lot of your faves at that. The one thing that is lost in today’s R&B artists is that one solid foundation in the studio. I’m talking about a “Housed Production” meaning working with one producer to develop your sound and album.

    But back to Ginuwine. He had the most charisma, dance skills and his voice was so powerful and had a tidbit of a gospel sound in it. It was Usher that took his spotlight though back in the 90’s. If you guys hear Ginuwine’s second album he clearly made a subliminal towards Usher in some Interlude talking about how he took a break and all of a sudden some new kid comes out. It was all friendly tho. But G 8s a Legend!

    • #TeamTinashe Stan (Sevyn’s New Single “Don’t Kill The Fun” Comes Out 1.13.15) January 8, 2015

      *this album and his first and Aaliyah’s 1996 album changed the game.

    • coolness January 9, 2015

      I always like your comments. Hmm, you sure it wasn’t his debut, The Bachelor that is credited alongside Aaliyah’s One in a Million as changing the scope of R&B in the 90s? Ginuwine’s first three albums are amazing with his second being my favorite. I’m still obsessed with Same ‘Ol G to this day, lol. Funny you mention Usher because something similar happened to him and Mario. Usher made some comments regarding Mario and SisQo being deemed his replacements in 2004 (his peak). Mario then fired back with a track called 17 or something like that on his second album where he lowkey dissed Usher, lol. Like you said, it was all fun back then, at least for the fans.

  4. ~The Arcade~ January 8, 2015

    YESSSSS for this TGJ Replay… must admit its been a minute since I’ve listened to this album. But I would have to say that Final Warning is my favourite one.

  5. #TeamTinashe Stan (Sevyn’s New Single “Don’t Kill The Fun” Comes Out 1.13.15) January 8, 2015

    Timbaland/Missy/Aaliyah/Ginuwine should be credited for the influences in the “Alternative R&B” genre imo.

    • DTG January 8, 2015

      LOL. “Alternative” R&B, my ass. I don’t know how you figure he or Aaliyah were at all “alternative,” but they weren’t.

      • BeyRihLiyah January 8, 2015

        biitch shut up at that time in 1996 Aaliyah’s sound was considered alternative r&b because it was different from what was out at that time and her 3rd and final album was for damn sure Alternative r&b

      • DTG January 8, 2015

        No Aaliyah album is alternative. You don’t know what you’re talking about, airhead. 😆 I can name some real alternative R&B artists who your idiot ass has never heard of and that your tiny brain couldn’t comprehend. Dumbass.

  6. Erotica January 8, 2015

    I get my man “SO ANXIOUS” that he can’t wait ’til I get home so he can “BLOW” that cherry out! Then when I do get home his saddles waiting so I hop on it ridin’ his “PONY” with out falling off. He loves me being on his jockey team because I always moan to his love that hits ya like truck! And when I give it up and let it him have it his way it’s “EROTICA” Then when I tell him to put your hands all over my body I become his “MOTIVATION” and he last more rounds! Then next thing you know “when the morning comes I know I will too! ‘SÉX FOR BREAKFAST’ is the best the best way to end a long night! 😉

  7. Gee January 8, 2015

    Ginuwine had some bops his first few albums are definitely game changers as far as R&B is concerned. Hopefully he and Timbaland can together and make that magic again.

  8. AJ January 8, 2015

    I am reporting this site for illegal click jacking ads. The mobile site is full of these ads.

  9. DanYiel Teflon January 8, 2015

    I’m not a fan of “Ginuine” but I bought his Greatest Hits Album only cuz it had 6 of my “Ginuine” songs…

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