All Articles Tagged "Ginuwine"
I’ve been tip-toeing around this subject for months now because I didn’t want to be too hasty with the criticism, but after observing what was supposed to be the comeback of TGT this year, and the person who seems to be the common denominator in all of their failings, I can only come to the conclusion that Ginuwine’s saddle is no longer waiting for fans to jump on it and he is so not anxious about winning in the music game.
As you know, earlier this year Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank made a big to-do about their TGT supergroup reunion and even dropped an album this august called Three Kings to show us they were serious about taking the insecurity out of R&B and making music people could respect. Fans bought what TGT was selling — literally — and the album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 76,000 copies in the United States in the first week. And then…nothing. OK, technically, some things did happen but nothing would have been better than what surpassed.
Backing up just a taste, I will say I already began having reservations about these “three kings” in July when I attended the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Actually, I wasn’t concerned about all three of them, just one: the G. See when the men hit the stage to perform on opening night, this is what Ginuwine did during his solo set:
A hand towel dance break? Really? I won’t even get on the fact that the audience sang his songs more than he did, but just know this is the point when I realized that in 2013 Ginuwine just planned to get by on his looks. And that I could get behind, so long as he didn’t mess up Tyrese and Tank who can both sing and appear to actually want to get on stage and perform and — shocker — rehearse before doing so.
Enter TGT’s WLNY performance when it became clear to the world and Ginuwine’s groupmates that sitting there being cute doesn’t look so cute when you’re smack dab in front of a camera on a news channel. In fact, it makes you look high as a kit, which is the allegation that followed Ginuwine after this womp of an appearance. His excuse? Red Bull.
It appears Ginuwine has an excuse for just about every blunder of his these days because three weeks ago when the singer started tweeting illegibly about love and relationships while watching the Dallas Cowboys game he came back the next day and blamed his incoherent ramblings on the sleep drug Ambien. And now he’s acting as though he doesn’t owe anyone — like his fans — an explanation about just deciding not to show up to the Soul Train Awards last month, tweeting: “I wasn’t there and that was it u wanna make more out of it then let’s go who ever!!!!!” I’m sorry, what else did you have to do that day?
I say all this to say that from the outside looking in, it appears Ginuwine’s work ethic and general concern for his own image as well as that of his group is nonexistent at worst and lackluster at best. When your group only has three members, there’s no room for one to be gazing off into “all of the lights” while hocked up on Ambien or “Red Bull” — especially when that one member “doesn’t like to sing background,” as the guys told us when they came into the office for an interview. If you want to be the front man, you have to do front man work. At this point, Ginuwine’s acting like he’s a lighting director backstage who doesn’t need practice because they “do this.” Nah homie. You need practice. Lot’s of it.
All I’m saying is, don’t get women across the world — OK across the United States — OK a few thousand women across the United States — all amped up for the “return of real R&B” only to come out looking like a 40-something hasbeen daddy of eight who just showed up to get a check (even if that’s what you are) because the thing is TGT should work. Tank has an enormous amount of talent — and sex appeal — Tyrese is nice on the eyes and can sing his little raspy heart out, and Ginuwine, well, he brings the mainstream success and fans. But right now he’s acting like he doesn’t want it, and given the small window these gentlemen have to actually make us care about what they’re doing and download their album or buy tickets to their shows, he needs to give us something more than no-shows and microphone mumbles. That’s if he actually wants to win and judging from this slew of mishaps I’m convinced he doesn’t. Anyone else feel the same way?
This has been the year of Ginuwine and very odd behavior. I’m sure you remember when he was caught behaving very oddly during a performance with his group TGT, and he had people thinking he was high off of something. It was so bad that even his group mate Tyrese had to clown him on Twitter. Well, over the weekend he got caught behaving oddly once again. The “Pony” and “So Anxious” singer was trying to give love advice to fans, and even tried to quiz them on their own love lives while he was watching a Dallas Cowboy football game. Unfortunately, he must have been multi-tasking on the influence of alcohol because the Tweets he sent out were so incoherent it was actually pretty ridiculous:
Today, Ginuwine realized the errors in his messages and decided to provide an explanation, and it did have to do with drugs, but not the type people were trying to accuse him of messing with:
Blessings this Monday shouts 2 my angels shouts 2 all who support last night ws hilarious gotta say excuse my tweets I took ambien n wow lol
Unfortunately for him, you know Twitter doesn’t hold back when foolery occurs, so many fans, as usual, brought out their best stand-up comedian jokes to let the singer know he needs to do a lot better:
“Iz dere ne moor rum four mi in dose jenes?”
“Someone explain to me why Ginuwine’s timeline looks like the Soul Train scramble board on purpose”
“Y’all expect ginuwine to know how to spell when he spelled genuine wrong.”
“My TL said Ginuwine is tweeting with no thumbs. Then my TL said he sounds like Old McDonald from the Geico commercial LMAO I’m sleep though.”
“Ginuwine – What’s so difference?”
I’ve sent some really incoherent texts when I was a half asleep, and I had to admit that they made me look a hot mess, but your boy was over here tweeting with the utmost confidence and didn’t care not one bit to look before he pressed “send.” But hey, you live and you learn, and maybe he’ll leave social media alone next time when he picks up the Ambien.
Remember yesterday when we talked about Tyrese defending his Twitter persona and saying people only get offended by his love advice because they have these false expectations of him? Well it’s good to know even his band mates in TGT sometimes dismiss the self-professed love guru’s musings.
When the R&B supergroup stopped by our office a couple of weeks ago, they got into a pretty heavy discussion on love and relationships, with Tyrese and Tank talking about their desire to marry again and Ginuwine sharing advice on how he’s maintained his marriage to Sole for 10 years. Speaking on the breakdown that often occurs between men and women, Tank said:
“We don’t have the spirit of compromise totally developed where we can work cohesively as one. Where we can make those sacrifices on either end to make a difference in our relationship. As we get older and as we make mistakes and as we learn, if you’re smart enough about it, you get to take [those experiences] and turn them into wisdom which allows you to know, the next time around, the dos and don’ts. “
Not a bad observation, right? Well from there, Tyrese starting dropping all sorts of cliche sayings like, “Every man comes with baggage and every woman comes with baggage; can you find the man who’s going to stand there and help you unpack it,” and that’s when Tank and Ginuwine started clowning the 34-year old actor/singer, whom they’ve deemed “the human quoter.” Looks like we’re not the only ones who could do without Tyrese’s relationship advice.
Check out these three throwing jabs and having some serious moments in the video below. What do you think about their takes on relationships?
There’s nothing like listening to famous crooners belt out lyrics to one of your jams. But when you hear your favorite singer struggle to reach a high note, it makes you want to cover your ears. If a vocalist makes their fans cringe every time they open their mouth, it’s time to give it on up.
Of course every singer is entitled to an off day. Who knows, they may have just been caught with a scratchy throat or have experienced a serious medical setback that affects their vocal chords? But for most of the singers who’ve lost their voice on this list, the change seems to be a bit more…permanent. Would you agree?
“It’s the TGT remix!”
Sorry, I think of that line from the “Please Don’t Go” do over every time I type TGT’s name, but actually it’s sort of applicable here. Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, have joined forces once again and reignited their supergroup known as TGT and today they’re dropping a new album appropriately titled “Three Kings.”
We wasted no time getting these handsome, fine, uber sexay, delicious, hard-bodied, oh yeah and talented men in our office to talk about a number of things (which you’ll see in another interview) but also what we can expect from their new LP and how they feel about their competition — if they have any — right now. Here’s what Tyrese had to say:
“R&B these days is insecure. R&B singers feel like they have to have rappers all over their albums in order to get attention, to get radio spins. A lot of R&B artists got their projects shelved because their labels would much rather put their money into hip-hop because nobody wants to not get a return on their investment. It’s a business. So for us to sell records and have this ‘Three Kings’ album be successful, we feel like it’s going to really make a statement and re-spark the interest in authentic R&B.”
Well, he’s convinced us!
Check out the rest of TGT’s interview below. Are you looking forward to hearing their album today?
There are many times in our lives that we’ve done double-takes at the television screen for celebrities we haven’t seen or heard from in a while. “Where have you been?!” Some stars, who have so much potential, have come crashing down — or have remained stagnant — in their careers for some reason or another. But, we’re starting to see some fallen stars who are re-emerging into the spotlight and might possibly reclaim their spot on top. Here’s a list of celebs that we believe are poised for a come up–again.
The first time we had the chance to see Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank perform “I Need,” they did so on a morning show in NYC and let’s just say, it was awkward as hell. Since then, they’ve redeemed themselves for the most part, and now they have a video to share with us for the song. Directed by Benny Boom, the men can at one point be seen standing together getting their Keith Sweat whine on in all white, and then the next, having arguments with their love interests, who all seem to look the same and share an affinity for the tightest of clothes. The most interesting moment in the video might come from Ginuwine (no questionable faces this time), who dances his way off of a motorcycle to do a Michael Jackson spin in some dirt. All in all, the video is okay, and the song isn’t bad after all. “I Need” is featured on the group’s upcoming album Three Kings, which is due out on August 20. Some say they’re bringing back R&B, but er uh, what do you think? Check this video out for yourself above and let us know if it’s a pass or play for you.
Soundcheck is a singer’s best friend, and when folks aren’t allowed the time to fully prepare for an upcoming performance, the results can be messy. According to TheYBF.com, that’s exactly what happened for Fantasia during a concert last night at Atlanta’s Civic Center, which she did alongside TGT. Billed as the “special guest” for the show, Fantasia performed before TGT, but it seems that Fantasia hadn’t been given the proper amount of time needed to prepare. Because of that, she had a few hiccups during the show that she eventually couldn’t ignore.
According to TheYBF, they claim that Fantasia was not allowed to do a soundcheck at all. During the show, fans say her mic was cut at times and the singer on her own noticed that the microphones of her background singers were turned off when she performed “Lose To Win.” She reportedly exited the stage in irritation after that. However, at some point in the performance, Fantasia was taped telling concertgoers that there’s a deeper, petty reason her performance wasn’t going as planned, and that while she doesn’t mind working with people and performing alongside them, sometimes the feeling clearly isn’t mutual:
“My background singers said they can’t hear. Here is the problem, ATL, and I’m gonna keep it real, real, real. Sometimes they allow us to get our soundcheck, and sometimes they don’t. That just only lets me know one thing, and I’m gonna keep that to myself. We are not haters. We like to perform with people, but sometimes they don’t like to perform with us.”
So why didn’t she get a soundcheck? The impression given by TheYBF and through Fanny’s statement to the crowd was that it possibly had something to do with the fellas of TGT. Later on in the evening, Fantasia’s manager Brian snapped a picture with Tank, and he captioned it with this: “My looooong time friend Tank @therealtank and I after the show. Great solo artist follow and support him.” This would be all nice and sweet if it weren’t for the fact that Tank wasn’t working as a solo artist for the show, but with Ginuwine and Tyrese…
All in all, we’re hoping these were glitches and not some issues caused by some issues between Fanny and Tyrese and Ginuwine. But don’t feel bad, girl, after some of their recent performances, we know TGT could use all the soundchecks and practices they can get…
It’s no wonder that new panel-style talk show “The Real” has edged out Kris Jenner in the daytime talk show tryouts. With its diverse and sassy co-hosts, “The Real” proves to be one of the most talked about shows on television.
Singer Tamar Braxton, comedienne Loni Love, stylist Jeanine Mai, singer/actress/fashionista Adrienne Bailon, and actress and reality star Tamera Mowry-Housley make up the hosting cast of the 25-54 demographic reaching show and the women discuss everything from sex to style and have a lot of fun doing it. So far, that appears to be working. According to Yahoo News:
In household ratings, “The Real” has averaged a 1.0/3 household rating, compared to the 0.9/3 that “Kris” scored. Those numbers represented a 25 percent increase in the year-ago time period average for “The Real,” and an 18 percent decrease for “Kris.”
In the women 25-54 demographic, “The Real” also bested “Kris,” averaging a 0.8/5 rating — up 60 percent from year-ago time period average — compared to 0.7/5 for Kris, which was even with the year-ago average.
Among women 18-49, “The Real” had a 0.7/5 during its first six days. compared to 0.6/4 for “Kris.” “The Real” improved upon the year-ago time period average by 40 percent, while “Kris” remained stagnant.
What makes the show a standout above Jenner’s show is definitely the diversity of opinion and the fun-loving manner each host brings to the set. Tamar Braxton sheds divalicious light on any and everything. Tamera Mowry Housley is the more conservative of the bunch bringing a more balanced appeal. Loni Love brings the comedic relief that keeps the show moving. Jeanine Mai is the more free-spirited of the bunch and Adrienne Bailon rounds out the host cast with her wit.
Anyone watching can catch a glimpse of themselves or their situation and have a good laugh or two in the process.
Check out this hilarious clip from yesterday’s show with new R&B group TGT. Have you been watching?
Will you be tuning in?
Tyrese, Ginuwine, And Tank Deliver Quite Possibly The Worst R&B Performance Ever On WLNY’s The Couch
I refrained from speaking on the monstrosity that was TGT’s performance on the main stage at the 2013 Essence Festival in New Orleans a few week’s ago, but on this I got to speak. As someone who was a fan of Ginuwine, thinks Tank’s falsetto is (almost always) flawless, and can tolerate Tyrese so long as he’s not talking or tweeting, I was super excited about the birth of TGT when they released that “Please Don’t Go Remix” in 2007, and was equally thrilled about their resurgence this year along with their single “Sex Never Felt Better.”
And then Essence happened.
And then this WLNY performance happened.
What you are about to witness is what the end of the “Five Heartbeats” would’ve looked like had the men of the group still not been on their game. What should have been the perfect R&B collabo comes off as a has-been and two tried to bes attempting to relive their glory days now that they’re middle aged and struggling vocally. Sorry, was that too harsh?
Tank still has it, but Tyrese was straining to hit those raspy high notes, and as a YouTube commenter pointed out, “Ginuwine was either feeling like barfing, or shi**ing his pants, or passing out. One of the 3.” Please take a moment to watch this performance and marvel at the confusion on Ginuwine’s face for 87% of the show. Remarkably, when he does finally open his mouth and put the mic up close enough so that we can actually hear him, he sounds great. But why the group as a whole comes off as amateurs trying to get a record deal in their basement we don’t know.
Thoughts? Explanations? Anything?