R&B artist Ginuwine is breaking his silence, and clearing the air on his falling out with producer Timbaland, who produced his first single, and multi platinum hit, “Pony“. While the singer gives Timbaland his dues for their work together in the past, he hits the producer hard with accusations of losing touch with his roots, failing to promotionally support songs off of Ginuwine’s 2009 project, A Man’s Thoughts, even though he was featured on the song, as well as not being a man and apologizing.
â€œHe really hasnâ€™t been interested in working with me, so I canâ€™t speak on the present, 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 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€
â€œMe and Tim[Timbaland] 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€
Others hip hop artists have accused the famed producer of stepping too far out of the box after working with mainstream pop artists such as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Nelly Furtado. Timbaland even featured Miley Cyrus on a song off his last album. And, while, Ginuwine doesn’t go in on the producer for selling out, he accusses him of forgetting about those who helped him get his start, and not being upfront with him.
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 currently working on a new album, Elgin, set to released in August, but no word is out on who will be featured on the album.