R&B singer Ginuwine has promised to stop complaining about his issues with Timbaland after recently accusing the producer of intentionally avoiding him.
Despite blasting the Grammy-winning producer earlier this year, Gin still feels Tim is largely responsible for launching his career.
“I don’t like feeling like a cry baby. I’m not gonna hound on it or keep saying anything about it because ultimately he is a great producer and [he] helped me start my career and that can never get taken away, but I wish what we had set out to do – that we had completed it. The business kind of separates you. You know I’m not gonna chase anybody but you’d like to think if you need somebody, they’d [be] there. And if you need me, I’m definitely here. I’m just the same old G.” (Honey Mag)
Gin recently accused Tim of snubbing him on a video shoot.
“We did a song called ‘Get Involved’ and we paid him $50,000 to appear in the video,” Gin explained in an interview. “And we paid him his producing fee and this dude didn’t even get in it. He messed me up to the point where we had to make an animationof the video and put it overseas. Now throughout the years, he always said he was gonna work with me and all of that but he never did and I didn’t say anything. I always said [to the media], ‘Our schedules are conflicting.’ I’m definitely a professional, but when you actually do something, you deserve to be called out. And it’s not only me he’s done things to, I’m not gonna speak on that, I’m gonna speak on me. But when people do that, they can’t just get away with it. Whether you’re a friend or supposedly a friend or not, you don’t do that to people.” (Atlanta’s 107.5)
Earlier that same week, the singer revealed his initial problems with Timbo.
“Me and Tim were real close at one point,” he explained in an interview. “A lot of the times that I reached out, there were a bunch of excuses. 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].” (VIBE)
Tim is widely acclaimed for helping shape Ginuwine’s early singing career.
With the strikingly inventive Timbaland behind the boards, Ginuwine cut his debut album, Ginuwine…The Bachelor, and released it later in 1996. “Pony” became a number one R&B smash, also reaching number six on the pop charts, and the album became an eventual double-platinum hit. It spun off several more R&B hits over the next year, including “Tell Me Do U Wanna,” “I’ll Do Anything/I’m Sorry,” “Holler,” and “Only When Ur Lonely”; it also featured a homage to one of Ginuwine’s main influences in the cover of Prince’s “When Doves Cry.” (All Music)
Check out Ginuwine speaking on Timbaland below: