Any fan of Ginuwine knows that the R&B singer was at his best when he worked with his friend and longtime producer Timbaland. Songs like "Pony" defined Ginuwine's sound and helped to establish him as one of R&B's hitmakers. But last year, in an interview with Vibe magazine, Ginuwine lashed out at Timbo for not being a part of his more recent music. Now, in an exclusive interview with BET.com, Timbaland put all the drama to the side, and when asked whether he would work with Ginuwine, Tim said that he would.
"I'd work with Ginuwine because I love Ginuwine. I’d work for him, not for the money, not to put a record out. Just for old time’s sake. Let’s do it for music’s sake. Let’s do it for what we were. Let’s do it for our friendship...our brotherhood," Tim said. But even though he's still willing to let bygones be bygones, Timbaland has some conditions. "I don’t want nobody in the room when I work with him this time. I don’t want no record people. I don’t want to say it’s coming out. I want to just do it, just because Ginuwine loves music."
Tim also hints that their "differences" seemed to stem from outside people getting in the way of their relationship. "I know how he might feel. He might think that we abandoned him," says Tim. "We never would abandon him. He’s like a brother. But when you get everybody else, mix different managers...it changes every dynamic."
In the interview with Vibe, Ginuwine claimed that he'd reached out to Tim to get the producer's help in promoting his 2009 project, A Man's Thoughts, which Tim produced a track on, but his friend was of no help. "Me and Tim were real close at one point. A lot of the times that I reached out, there were a bunch of excuses," he said.
On the contrary though, Timbaland says that he and Missy Elliott, who go back just as long as he and Ginuwine do, have never allowed anyone to come between them. "One thing me and Missy always did, anybody came in our life who’s new, we set ‘em straight, nothing comes between us...and that's what keeps us together and strong. Missy can come in and still tell me to this day, ‘Watch the people around you.’'
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