Tag Archives: Ginuwine

Marcos on The Beat – June 2015

9 Jun



So far June has been a busy month for The Blackout Beat with shows, a upcoming release, three projects in the middle of production and a big submission!  Here is some video and audio of some of Marcos’ work over the last few weeks!


Finally!! Timbaland to Produce New Album for Ginuwine!!

28 Nov


Yes!!  After over a decade, it is now official!  Timbaland will produce the next Ginuwine album, due in 2015!  The acclaimed producer and cult favorite singer both made the announcement yesterday via their social media.  The announcement also included a short iMovie trailer that is only viewable (at this time) on mobile devices.  You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTXAl8O6RGw&feature=youtu.be …  One thing worth noting is that Missy Elliot was mentioned on the credit part of the trailer as a feature!  This is also fantastic news that so many of us die hard Basement fans have been waiting years for!  We will report more news as we get it!

RED EP & LoveHate album Now Available for FREE Download!

28 Jun

LoveHateCDBOOKSmallREDCDBookSmallThe day has finally come!  You can now download Hip Hop artist Reflecshaun’s LoveHate LP and singer-song writer Marie Robertson’s (former Circus House member) RED EP!   Please download and share so we can help get this music we worked so hard to make to the masses! Links are provided bellow:

RED: Singer- song writer and former Circus House member Marie Robertson returns with her own EP, the aptly titled RED.  This EP delivers Marie’s distinct and powerful sound over complex rhythms, dance ready synths and a 90’s vibe that’s guaranteed to make anyone move.    Download RED here for free or if you would like to help us spread the word, click here to download the music for FREE after you help us spread the word to your FB or Twitter.

LoveHate:  LoveHate is a concept album by seasoned Hip Hop artist Reflecshaun that is produced by The Blackout Beat.  The album explores the highs, lows, joys and heartache that comes with love/hate relationships.  With its unique production, talented features and well thought out song writing, LoveHate is sure to hit the right note for anyone that’s ever been in a Love or Hate relationship. Download LoveHate here for free or if you would like to help us spread the word, click here to download the music for FREE after you help us spread the word to your FB or Twitter.


Thanks and enjoy!


And in case you missed the ads for LoveHate and RED that are narrated by Reflecshaun and Marie Robertson, here you are:

Video of Marcos Performing at The Meadowlark

17 Oct

Since the video was uploaded to The Blackout Beat’s Facebook page you can watch it by clicking here.

-B.  Rossin

New Missy Elliot!!!

19 Sep

This is a banger!  Classic Timbo is back! We can’t wait for this album to drop!

– The Blackout Beat

Emmett Collins Discusses His Mysterious EP

25 Jul

Today we get a second to sit with Emmett Collins to talk about his new EP Mysterious, which is available now as a FREE download at theblackoutbeat.com.  Enjoy!

The Blackout Beat: What were your expectations when you first started the project.

Emmett Collins: My expectations for this project in the beginning were to make an album that showed my vocal range and my diversity as a young artist.

TBB:  Did the first song you recorded for it, Mysterious, set the tone?

EC: Yes the first song we did on the album did set the tone. The first song we did was the title track mysterious and from that point on Marcos and I knew what sound we wanted and how we wanted to deliver it.

TBB: How would you describe the overall sound of the EP?

EC:  I would describe the overall feel of the EP as a throwback late 90’s R&B sound with a twist of modern R&B. Also there is a lot of soul in my vocals for the majority of the songs so you can feel a kind of powerful presence in the music.

TBB: What is the creative process like for you when you create in the studio?

EC:  The creative process for me in the studio is great for me. I love music and I love coming up with harmonies and melodies and writing to.  I think the creative process is the best process because I get to open my mind and let everything flow out that’s in my mind, from silly stuff to stupid stuff, I just let it all go and eventually the lord touches me with something that feels right and Marcos will feel it to and we go from there.

TBB:  What are some of the challenges that came about during the making of this project?

EC:  There was no major challenge of recording this project.  Everything ran pretty smooth from song writing to my vocals.  There weren’t many bumps in the road for this project because we stuck to the plan and our plan was not force anything out or rush anything we just let it happened, and what happened in my view turned out to be pretty damn cool.

TBB: What is your favorite track and why?

EC:  My favorite track of the EP is Let You Know. I like this track because it has a good vibe to it and when we were recording the song it felt like I was in my zone.  I think Marcos was in his zone to, because we came up with the lyrics and the hook to the song in about an hour and a half, and laid the vocals down in about 35 minutes.  So I have great memories of recording that song and will always think that it’s some of my best work.

TBB: What do you want people to get of Mysterious?

EC:  What I want people to get out of my Mysterious EP is that I have a lot to offer as far as vocal talent and creativity.  If people don’t  get that I’m doing my job I guarantee they will one day.

TBB:  What’s next?

EC:  The next step is marketing the ep and getting my name out there to the public and just performing at every venue possible. I’m just ready to take it to the next level so everyone be on the lookout. One love.


Snippet of Emmet Collins 1st Single “Mysterious” feat Baby H & Marcos

27 Mar

Finally the long awaited first single from Emmett Collins upcoming Blackout Beat produced EP.  Kind of reminiscent of some Danja/Timbo stuff.  Looking forward to hearing more from this project including the full version of this song, which will be available Friday as a free download from Blackout’s site.

-B. Rossin

Ginuwine and Timbaland Reunite (kind of..)

19 Apr

I’m a huge fan of Ginuwine. I love his music, I’ve seen him perform twice, I have just about every rare and obscure record of his and his first two albums remain two of my all time favorites. I was even able to take a photo with him.  We also made a few attempts at pitching song ideas to Giuwine

Me and Ginuwine at Ginuwine's November 2010 concert in Denver.

but without the right connections its a long shot. Regardless, I’m still a big fan and will continue to support Ginuwine as an artist. By now your probably wondering what it is about his music that I like so much? It several things, its the soul, passion, energy and content. But lately, I must admit that I’ve been pretty turned off from his music, especially by his new ablum, Elgin.

The music is good. Professional sound, better marketing and some notable producers and song writers are all ingredients for a good album. But what I miss is that sound that Ginuwine and Timbaland created together. It was unique, it was different and it had so much personality that the two records that capture that very personality are still standards in many fan’s iPods today.

We all know that there has been bad blood between the two since 2009’s A Man’s Thoughts and it looks like things are at least a little better now since Tim and G have been showing each other love on Twitter. That’s great, its progress. But over the last few weeks I have come across a track that has made me really anxious (So Anxious in fact) to see the two really burry the hatchet and get back to making classic records.

The song Hate To Love You recently popped up on the web. It was one of the rumored three tracks that Timbaland did for Ginuwine’s A Man’s Thought’s album. The other two songs are Get Inolved, a uptempo FutureSex/Love-souding track that featured Missy Elliot and Timbaland and the other, unreleased song was titled Lap Dance. It’s not know for sure if Lap Dance even exists but Ginuwine has confirmed himself that Timbaland did do three tracks for that album but he/his label could not afford all three so he choose Get Involved.

Get Involved probably wasn’t the strongest of the three songs but I can kind of see why he might have chose this song. I think it was important to him to do a song with Missy and Timbaland together to show his older fans that there is still some life left in the old Basement Crew. Sadly, the video for the song never happened. We (Timbaland/Ginuwine/Basement fans) where all disapointed by this but we eventually got over it and also let go of any hope that Timbaland would appear as producer on any future Ginuwine projects.

Then I heard Hate To Love You. Amazing track. The vocals where on, that passion was there and the adlibs by Ginuwine and Timbaland at the end of the song made the song in my opinion. “I know yall said its about time right?” says Ginuwine at the end of the song as Timbaland ad libs and mimics the horns in the background. Listening to this song made me remember that it was about more than the sound that the two created, its about the feeling that the music gave its listeners. This song had it.

Its just such a damn shame that there we will probably not hear Lap Dance, Boy Meets Girl, the full version of 100%’s interlude songs or any other Timbaland/ Ginuwine tracks. Yes Ginuwine is doing “grown man music” now and that’s great but its undeniable that the music he and Timbaland makes is not only original and different but Timeless.

Another thing that has been interesting in all of this is that the fans can make a difference. Just look at G’s Twitter or Timbland Thurday’s. After becoming friends with the great people at Thomas Crown Chronicles I found out I wasn’t the only one that felt this way about G’s music. Maybe if the real fans speak out something positive can come of it.

If nothing does in fact come of this blog (and others like it) then at least we have this:

Just try to ignore the annoying DJ.


Ginuwine Concert Review & Meeting Ginuwine

28 Nov

I remember one evening back when I was in high school, I was flipping through the channels and I managed to land on the Soul Train Music Awards.  It was seconds before Ginuwine performed a melody of So Anxious, None of Your Friends Business, Pony & a dance break with a broom.  That performance is the one that made Ginuwine my favorite singer.  I recorded the performance, studied it, practiced the moves and years later I mimiced it in a college talent show.  Since we started The Blackout Beat Ginuwine has been on the top of our list for artists we would like to produce and write for.

Back in 2003 I had a chance to see him live, I drove all the way from Pueblo, CO to Alberquqe, NM (4 hours).  The show was awesome.  Sadly, at the time, me and The Blackout Beat were nowhere close to being a position to talk to Ginuwine or his camp about working together.  I left motivated and driven, knowing that years later, when we where ready another opportunity would come my way.

I just got home from seeing The Ladies Night Tour in Denver, CO.  Ginuwine, Avant and Jagged Edge performed and I’m happy to say that I met and talked to Ginuwine.  But before I get to that, let me get to the show itself…

Lets get the negative’s out of the way first.  The venue, it’s staff, the sound and security was horrible.  There was no organization as far as seating went.  People who spent top dollar for “VIP” seats had nothing that guaranteed that they would get the seats they paid for.  In fact, no body sat in the seats they paid for.  There where no markings on the seats  to identify sections and there was no personal providing oversight for seating.  It was kind of a free for all.  This led to at least three fights during the show, one actually caused Avant to stop and tell the ladies to “cut it out”.  Fortunately for me I was able to get a great seat 2 rows from the stage!

I could go on about the sub par sound system, unprepared security or obnoxious fighting but the positives where too good for me to continue to dwell on the negatives.  The most positive note is that all the performers brought it on stage.  Avant was lively and entertaining, doing his 10 year span of R&B hits justice.  Jagged Edge proved why they have maintained radio longevity for so many years.  Although the stage seemed a bit too small, for them they made the most of it and the fans ate it up.

Ginuwine’s performance was by far the most entertaining.  Maybe its because I already have a bias towards him but I really did feel that he could have held down the show alone if he had to.  It had been at least 5 years since I last saw Ginuwine live and he didn’t loose a step.  He was animated, leaping from speaker to speaker, dominating the room.  He danced, inserting trademark body rolls and turns that have made him a “sex symbol” to so many female fans.  He even managed to get a costume change in during his short set.

Highlights included the stripped down version of In Those Jeans, the full performance of So Anxious and the Pony encore of course.  As a special treat, Ginuwine performed snippets of 3 new songs off his new album, Elgin which drops February 8th of 2011.  I was pleased to hear Drink of Choice, a song that I’m sure has the potential to be another radio smash.  He also performed a new song called Battery with heavy club appeal as well as a uptempo St. Nick produced track called Kidnaped, which was a bit reminiscent of Get Involved.  I would have loved to hear some more of my favorite tracks from The Bachelor or 100% like Only When Your Lonely or What’s So Different but I understand that the performance length was limited.

After the show I had an opportunity to meet Ginuwine and take a picture with him.  I didn’t have much time so I did what I could to make the most of my time.  I considered bringing up how he made his entrance into the industry, by impressing DeVante Swing of Jodeci with a short demonstration of his skills.  I thought of asking him for the same opportunity.  I considered telling him about how we came close by giving tracks to his road manager a few years ago after his Epic deal and before his current deal or how we had a encounter with Timbaland in January.

Instead, I decided to get his attention by making a reference to a very early phase of his career that only a “Nunber 1 Fan” would know about.  I then briefly told him about what I do, Blackout and how we would be writing this review as well as submitting material to him this week.

I’m confident of our skills, talent and abilities now and like I stated in my previous Ginuwine blog, I’ll be a fan regardless of whether or not we get a chance to work with him.  I am however, making the most of my opportunity.  We will be getting in touch with his label later this week to pitch our EP proposal for him as a way to help build up hype for his new album’s arrival in February.  And while I’m on the subject of working with and meeting Ginuwine, I’d like to mention that he was very humble and appreciative of all of his fans, taking the time to make each one feel special.  That’s a good trait for a entertainer to have.  It might be a key to why he continues to enjoy success in a industry that seems hit or miss these days.  He has to be doing something right to justify his 15 year run.

So the short version of my concert review is this, awesome.  Tonight was a good night.  Well, it’s time for me to get back to TBA.  We still have a few more songs left to wrap up on this album, deadline is tomorrow!


NOTE: Because we wanted to respect the wishes of the tour, we did not post any video of the concert.

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