Monday, 26 August 2013

Ginuwine ft. Aaliyah: Final Warning


Released: March 16th 1999
Recorded: 1998
Label: 550 Music/Epic

Here we have the second studio album from Ginuwine's – 100% Ginuwine which was released on 550 Music but distributed through Epic Records. This has to be probably one of the best recognised albums during the 90's period, as track after track you cannot fault it. With hits like What's So Different?, So Anxious and Same Ol' G is it any wonder why? Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic mentions that the album included "more intentive productions and a stronger set of songs" in comparison to Ginuwine's older, previous work. He also goes on to talk about Timbaland's production and use of instrumentals but still claimed that "Ginuwine remains the star of the show, thanks to his rich, inviting voice." I would most definitely agree on this as Ginuwine's vocals fit perfectly with Timbaland's beats, just like how Babygirl's does too. 

One song in particular which features Aaliyah as a guest act is a song called Final Warning. To me this song evokes a common problem which a lot of people encounter whilst in a relationship, from both the male and female perspective. The whole concept of the song talks about how a woman starts seeing red flags within the relation, and confronts her man on whether he is cheating or not. The biggest give a way in this song uses random phone calls as an example of where a woman might become suspicious of it being another woman bugging her man with endless calls. 

With that being said, I can't be totally anti-man on this subject, so I will stick up for the fella's on this one too as sometimes what we may think, might not necessarily be the outcome. All in all, it all lies down to trust, because if you can't trust the person you're with, then clearly they are not the right person for you. If you listen carefully, you'll notice that Aaliyah makes a reference to her song Are You That Somebody? I think in this context it fits nicely as she is saying are you with me or not? Which sometimes people need to know for closure, giving them that 'final warning' and having that peace of mind. (Lord knows I've been through that! lol) Anyhoo, peep the video below to enjoy this all time classic joint! :o)