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Ginuwine began his career as a member of Swing Mob, founded by Donald "DeVante Swing" DeGrate (Jodeci). There, Ginuwine met his main ’90s collaborators Melissa "Missy" Elliott, Stephen "Static Major" Garrett and Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley. After Swing Mob folded, they continued working together on different projects, such as Ginuwine’s 1996 debut album Ginuwine...The Bachelor.
The first single, "Pony," showcased Ginuwine’s smooth vocals and Timbaland's innovative production style. The two became a hit-making duo. "Pony" peaked at number six on the Billboard® Hot 100.
After his 1999 second album, 100% Ginuwine, Ginuwine and Timbaland grew apart. Since then, producers such as R. Kelly have crafted his hits. In 2001, Ginuwine had a number-four hit on the Billboard Hot 100 with the single "Differences," which also peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
In 2002, Ginuwine was a feature artist on P. Diddy's number-one hit "I Need a Girl (Part II)". Also that year, Ginuwine lost both of his parents and channeled his feelings into the song "Two Reasons I Cry," featured on his third album The Life. Later that year, Ginuwine started his own label, Bag Entertainment. The label featured artists such as Jose Cenquentez (who appeared on The Senior) and Knight. In 2005, Ginuwine's fifth album, Back II Da Basics, debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200, selling close to 100,000 copies. Ginuwine stated on BET's Top 100 countdown that the album went Gold with sales of 500,000 copies. Ginuwine's sixth album, A Man's Thoughts, was released on June 23, 2009. The album includes guests appearances by Brandy, Missy Elliott, Bun B and Timbaland.
Soon after, Ginuwine teamed up with Tyrese and Tank to form the R&B group, TGT; signing with Atlantic Records in 2012. Their GRAMMY-nominated debut album Three Kings (featuring the single "Sex Never Felt Better") was released in 2013.
Ginuwine was originally cast in the 2004 film You Got Served. He was also cast as R&B singer "Romeo" in the film Juwanna Mann. He has appeared in three episodes of Moesha as well as the CBS show Martial Law, and the NBC series Parks and Recreation. In February 2011, Ginuwine co-starred in the Gospel Music Channel's debut of John Ruffin's stage play The Ideal Husband.
Currently, Ginuwine is working on his eighth studio album, tentatively titled "Bachelor Again, But Wiser," with Timbaland and Missy Elliott producing.
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