Ginuwine | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader


Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

The most shameless moment on Ginuwine's "In Those Jeans," the hit from last year's The Senior (Epic), isn't the chorus, in which the song's title finishes the phrase "Is there any more room for me...?" It isn't the bridge, a roll call of popular denim brands ("Levi's, Prada, Baby Phat, I love them / Love the way you wearing them") that sounds like a play for ad work ("Ginuwine wants to see you in our jeans!"). It's the moment during the first verse when he sings, "I couldn't stop myself from looking hard," and in the background whisper-speaks, "Starin'." Ginuwine's clearly not afraid of a little oversell in the heat of the moment, no matter how cool he might be the rest of the time. This kind of salacious excess falls in line with what he's done since 1996's Timbaland-produced Ginuwine...the Bachelor, particularly that album's wildly lubricious "Pony," which spent six weeks on top of the R & B charts. Like R. Kelly, an obvious vocal role model who wrote and produced The Senior's "Hell Yeah" and its remix, the D.C.-based R & B crooner borrows plenty from hip-hop's self-aggrandizement, usually not to very good effect--there are wiser artistic decisions than putting an eight-minute playlet portraying yourself as a martyr in the middle of an album. But also like Kelly, Ginuwine's singing mostly stays away from overemoting and excessive melisma, and his melodies are similarly disarming. If Ginuwine doesn't quite have a signature sound, the consistency of beats and textures provided by The Senior's producers--most frequently Troy Oliver, Troy Taylor, and Scott Storch--comes close enough. With Jagged Edge, Joe, and Avant. Saturday, May 22, 8 PM, Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State; 312-263-1138 or 312-902-1500.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Michaelangelo Matos

  • How the USA fell for EDM, chapter one

    How the USA fell for EDM, chapter one

    In these excerpts from his lively and meticulous new book, The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America, longtime Reader contributor Michaelangelo Matos chronicles the three-decade ascent of EDM.
    • Apr 29, 2015
  • How Chicago house got its groove back

    How Chicago house got its groove back

    Chicago house music is the sound of global pop today. In the 90s, though, it was on life support—until a new wave of producers, including Cajmere and DJ Sneak, got the city doing the Percolator.
    • May 3, 2012
  • Mixed messages

    Mixed messages

    Fabric mixes from Craig Richards and Goldie and a DJ-Kicks mix from Motor City Drum Ensemble
    • Aug 11, 2011
  • More »

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Frankenstein Court Theatre
November 14
Performing Arts
July 04

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories