Back II da Basics

Back II da Basics

by GinuwineGinuwine


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Ginuwine's initial impact was also his greatest. Rather than gradually spin out with albums that steadily diminish creatively and commercially, he has put together a series of releases strong enough to maintain his presence on radio. Back II da Basics, his fifth album in ten years, offers roughly the same mixture of romantic subject matter heard before, but it shows him growing out of club tracks and further into lush ballads and gentle mid-tempo material. Without the club tracks, Back II da Basics would be an even better, bolder, more mature release. Even "Secrets," the best of the upbeat tracks, is nearly ruined by producer Jazze Pha's intrusive vocals, which rub against Ginuwine's voice in the same way that Bobby Byrd would be a bad match for Ronald Isley. On the other side, Ginuwine has never done anything as understated or idyllic as "Want U to Be," which glides by with shades of Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It" -- much more so than Fabolous' "I Can't Help It"-sampling hit "Baby." On the heartbroken "Glaze in My Eye," he falls into a starry production from Trackmasters' Poke and Tone with a perfectly measured grace and humility not heard on either Ginuwine...The Bachelor or 100% Ginuwine. This proves that he doesn't need to be bumptious -- as with "Pony" or "In Those Jeans" -- to be a force.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969345528
catalogNumber: 93455
Rank: 91676


  1. Intro
  2. Oh Girl
  3. Secrets
  4. When We Make Love
  5. Want U to Be
  6. The Club
  7. Interlude
  8. She's Like
  9. Betta Half
  10. Glaze in My Eyes
  11. I'm in Love
  12. Far Away
  13. Take a Chance
  14. Back 2 da Basics
  15. Thank You's

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ginuwine   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Charles Pettaway   Bass,Guitar
Johnta Austin   Background Vocals
Jadakiss   Rap
Ced Keys International   Keyboards
Knight   Rap
Keith Harris   Organ,Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

S. Barnes   Composer
J.C. Phillips   Composer
Jerry Vines   Executive Producer
Tone   Producer
Ginuwine   Executive Producer
Jazze Pha   Producer,Audio Production
Poke   Producer
Poke & Tone   Audio Production
Captain Curt   Producer
Charles Pettaway   Producer
Alice Butts   Art Direction
A. West   Composer
Jean Claude "Poke" Olivier   Composer
Troy Oliver   Producer
Alvin West   Producer
Robin Hannibal   Groomer
Richard "Younglord" Frierson   Producer
E.J. III Dixon   Composer
K. Harris   Composer
John J. Moore   Wardrobe Design
James Porte   Engineer
Cedric Solomon   Producer
Nico Solis   Engineer
Corey Stocker   Engineer
Brass N Blues   Producer
Ivan Corraliza   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Clarence Emanual   Contributor
Ill Factor   Producer
Nate Hills   Producer
Keith Harris   Producer,Engineer

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