Ginuwine has to be pissed off with TimbalandÂ because his tone is angry inÂ a recent interview with Vibe.Â I remember the timeÂ when Ginuwine, Timbaland, Aaliyah, and Missy Elliot used to be seen together in the 1990s.Â I guess loyalty is a thing of the past.Â What happened?
â€œHe really hasnâ€™t been interested in working with me, so I canâ€™t speak on the present,â€ Ginuwine tells VIBE of Timbaland. â€œBut 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 wasnâ€™t for him making that style as hot as it is, a lot of producers thatâ€™s out now maybe wouldnâ€™t even be here.â€
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The singer adds that heâ€™s still upset at Timbaland for not supporting him promotionally on his 2009 project, A Manâ€™s Thoughts, despite producing a song for the album.
â€œMe and Tim were real close at one point. A lot of the times that I reached out, there were a bunch of excuses,â€ explains Ginuwine. â€œI begged and pleaded with him because I felt a certain way but I was like, is it just a bad vibe that Iâ€™m picking up on? Maybe Iâ€™m bugging out, I donâ€™t know. But it came out to be true and I still feel like he owes me an apology for that. The reason Iâ€™m pissed off at him now is because of what he did. I wouldâ€™ve been cool and not bothered him if he wouldâ€™ve said, â€˜Nah, Iâ€™m too busy,â€™ or gave me the lame excuse like heâ€™s been giving me. But donâ€™t do it and then not do what youâ€™re supposed to do [to promote the song].â€
While some have labeled Timbo a sell-out because of his recent work with pop stars likeÂ Justin Timberlake andÂ Nelly Furtado, Ginuwine disagrees.
â€œI donâ€™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 donâ€™t forget your roots either,â€ says Ginuwine. â€œYou donâ€™t alienate the people that helped you and started you outâ€¦ What is it about me now that you just donâ€™t like? And if it is something, say it. I can take truth. I canâ€™t take that kind of stuff and right now I donâ€™t really like him. I really donâ€™t. Thatâ€™s not being a man.â€
Ginuwine is roughly 18 songs into his upcoming seventh album,Â Elgin, which he hopes to release this August. Producers includeÂ Bryan Michael Cox andÂ Diane Warren.
We all know there are two sides to every story. We will see Timbaland’s response very soon. – Courtney L.